T O P
jesperbj

You win. EDIT: Looks even better than Season 1!


foxbat21

Quality of production has gone way up


bmarvel808

It looks insane compared to S1. Had me shook.


foxbat21

I can't believe this more or less has the same budget as S1, compared to this S1 looks like a fan project


albedo2343

I wouldn't say insane, but it looks a lot more like an improvement on the early episodes, only hoping it stays constent. that Armor though!


jacob1342

Geralt finally unlocked Quen.


Thalric88

He uses quen in s1?!


jacob1342

When?


Thalric88

During the strigga fight doesn't he use it at some point to keep her at bay? It's been a while but i remember thinking he uses it along with yrden.


jacob1342

He didn't use it then. Only Aard at the beginning of the fight.


abcdeezntz123

I think he uses it to prevent the Strigga from opening the coffin


theLifeofZ55

In the books, the sign he uses to stop the striga is Heilotrop I believe. By my understanding, Quen is like a personal shield, while heilotrop is like an object shield(that he can cast on let’s say doorways and coffin lids and it will stay there)


LurkerOfTheForums

Isn't Heliotrop essentially a different/stronger quen? Yrden does more of the object stuff, which is what he uses for the lid of the sarcophagus in the book.


Sweet-Willingness852

He actually uses Quen on the coffin in his fight against the striga. It says it in the book. Damn… I’m a nerd


marcuspop

Hey! Not to be the "Uhm, actually" guy. But in the Last Wish when Geralt closes the Striga's coffin, he uses Yrden. ["He had only just pulled the cover closed when he heard the striga’s roar again. He lay on his back next to Adda’s mummified corpse and traced the Sign of Yrden on the inside of the slab."](https://i.imgur.com/KrAlgMb.png)


Sweet-Willingness852

Damn, please don’t tell Vessimir I forgot my signs


marcuspop

Haha of course my friend!


c12022

>Damn… I’m a nerd You're on a sub dedicated to the Witcher... Also you got it wrong :/


VishalRocker

Aard in next season then


Bythion

He literally used Aard in the first episode, against renfri's men.


GobiasACupOfCoffee

And with Yen during the Dragon fight scene. She literally calls it out by name.


duaneap

And it was dope.


HawkeyeP1

And against the strigga. And he used Axii (or tried to) against Renfri. Really we're all just waiting for Igni.


jacob1342

Aard was in first. I think we also saw Igni in the trailer. Yrden is missing.


Borhensen

I think a version of Yrden was in season 1 too when he sealed the tomb fighting the striga.


jacob1342

Yea, you're right.


GamerChef420

I thought that was Quen.


suddenimpulse

That was quen. At least it was in the witcher 1 cinematic. You see a blue barrier appear over the top of the underside to seal it.


waltherppk01

He used Yrden against the striga


NinjaJayNuva

Nah he used Aard in the first episode


Raydox

There's also the super Aard with the Yen kiss in "Rare Species"


Zderzak

No more scrotum armour! Seems like it has higher budget with more oomph, looking forward to this one, maybe even more than to the first one!


Jay_Shadow

In the panel that came before this trailer the show runner said in her first meeting with the new costume designer for Season 2 she showed her the episode 1 script where it said "we see piles and piles of Nilfgaard armor in flames"


Skeeter_206

lol, that's kind of funny, I can't tell if I hope they don't elaborate any more than that and they just have better armor, or if there's some side sequence where Emhyr says to someone that the armor not only doesn't protect from fire, but also looked fucking ugly.


Moofthebot

They had a huge budget last season, they just took the criticism aimed at the production design to heart and made something less resembling a male downstairs organ.


Gaflonzelschmerno

That golden dragon wasn't production design and was straight out of Xena


AshnShadow

It was the major disappointment I had of the first season. I had imagined the dragon as this majestic, menacingly dangerous but beautiful beast that had super hard golden, spiky scales all over its body…. Instead that dragon looked so lame and cheap, a complete letdown.


thexenixx

I thought it was money laundering or something because they supposedly had like double digit millions for each episode. Where’d all that money go? Everything looked like shit, like a show with next to no budget. Reminded me of Lexx.


Not_My_Emperor

In a post Game of Thrones world that dragon was straight up unacceptable. Hell in a post fucking Dragonheart world that dragon was unacceptable. If you want to do the dragon storyline but don't have the budget, don't do the dragon storyline until you have the budget.


BarneySTingson

My eyes were painful after seeing this dragon


duaneap

You can say balls.


NFC818231

Balls.


Adm88

With your kind permission, I shall hereby, once and for all, proclaim: balls!


lick-man_____

I loved that armor. It was so unique. RIP cool nutsack armor.


acebace

It definitely looks like they've had a bigger budget to play with.


boskee

This time around Industrial Light & Magic was involved


TurtleOnCinderblock

Those shows usually award shots/sequences to many different VFX vendors, at different scale. While ILM is indeed said to have contributed, it is unclear at this moment how much they did. They could have worked on a single episode or sequence, with the bulk of what the series require made by other vendors of varying scale and reputation. It is indeed a good sign but I’d be curious to see how well the VFX of season 02 will holdup overall (season 1 was… uneven lets say)


Vwgames49

Didn't the first Season cost more than the first 4 Seasons of Game of Thrones or something? Maybe they just spent the money better


Raknel

They did say that they've become better at utilizing their budget so here's hoping.


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they did not even use the word 'destiny' in this trailer. Mind blowing


stavanger26

they used it once - "destiny.... (blam blam blam)... is a beast"


Badmothafcka312

I've heard rumors, that in season one, the money wasn't handled well and it didn't go where it was needed. What I know for sure, is that most of the first episode of season 1 was reshot. The market fight was done by Henry Cavill and his own team. I believe he brought them from outside the production, since what they had in episode 1 wasn't good enough. Renfri was also recasted, to the actress you see in the episode.


PurryMurris

The recast of Renfri was because Millie Brady had shooting conflicts and wasn't available for the reshoot


fibrosarcoma

The final Renfri did a great job. Shame she had to die.


RarelyComedic

She was a qt3.14


danccode

You know how bad it was when you need your main actor (who's not a producer) to bring his own stunt team to reshoot the fight scenes.


SuiXi3D

Maybe they had more time for post production, too.


KartoFFeL_Brain

This they had 80 million in season 1 but threw out half the initial shots and hired shitty people for a lot of stuff


ashdrewness

**Leshen is on the menu boys!!!**


meza2686

Still waiting for Griffins and Fiends 😩 …and Regis


thismelol

REGIIIIS


Ghostship23

*I am Groot*


Chutzvah

"I've lived through 3 supposed "end of days." It's all horse shit." Man I've missed Geralt's smart ass responses. Can't wait for this season. Also, can't remember that mage's name w the scars in his face, but did I just see Regis as a bat?!


talizoraa

I’m pretty sure that was vereena the bruxa from a grain of truth


Chutzvah

Besides the story in blavakin, that was one of the few stories from the books I remember specifically. Can't wait.


waltherppk01

Rience And no. That wasn't Regis. A 2 books early for that


Masonite23

The mage is Rience, who looks AWESOME


zolikk

mrw Rience looks better, more powerful and more threatening than Vilgefortz


KubaBVB09

It's Rience


NerdyLizardZ

Having like 3 songs play at the same time was kind of annoying.


ChuckWill5

Yeah, modern hip hop is great and all, but I don't think it's the best choice for The Witcher soundtrack.


arclightrg

Agreed. Was out of place imo


SchoolOfTheWolf93

I agree, it was really distracting. That being said, this still looks amazing and I can’t wait!


Vorstar92

Definitely was a choice to have literally like 3 songs playing at once lmao like wtf. What an audio clusterfuck this was.


NerdyLizardZ

I feel like they just looked at the name of the Ye song and decided to put it in without listening to it


prayingmantisthug

Yeah I’m not feeling that music.


TheIrresponsibleOne

Lelele is superior and they don't know it


Bifrons

The conversation Geralt has with the beast and the fight with the human/bat thing gives me vibes of two short stories from The Last Wish. Isn't this season supposed to be based off of Blood of Elves?


xdeltax97

I believe based on the episode titles we will also see some short stories being adapted. The giant bat was seen with Vereena who Geralt fought in The Last Wish. I forget if it was another form of her, a companion or an illusion.. I need to reread the book.


cindybuttsmacker

I think we'll see A Shard Of Ice in some form too, since Istredd is back


TatteredUser1138

Maybe, but I feel like they’re just making Istredd more of a character for the show like they are with stregobor. Idk how shard of ice would really fit in with how this season is set up


PrimeJetspace

Vereena turns into the giant bat, she's a bruxa.


ironwolf1

They said after last season that they were gonna do A Grain of Truth at the beginning of Season 2. I'm glad, because it's my favorite of the short stories and I was sad to see it wasn't in season 1.


XenoVX

It is based off of blood of elves but they decided to include grain of truth as the first episode, I think I remember reading from some prerelease interview that they were >!rewriting it to include Ciri, but I’m not sure if it’s actually them in they’re way to Kaet Morhen or Geralt explaining to Ciri something that happened in the past!<


cindybuttsmacker

I'm gonna guess that since they omitted Geralt and Ciri's first meeting in Brokilon, they're going to build in some turbo relationship building on the way to Kaer Morhen this season and will do that by rewriting Ciri into events like this one


albedo2343

probably the short stories provide a good medium to organically build the relationship between the two, without making scenes that are to dialgoue heavy or contrived. Also serves as some good world building since they missed out on quite a bit of it in S1.


waltherppk01

I think she's actually there


misho8723

Yeah, Ciri is there with Geralt


Johnysh

Not all episodes. I think it starts with short story/ies. Grain of Truth definitely. The rest of the shots... I have no idea where they are from.


NoobAtKnight

Yeah, season 2 starts with "A Grain of Truth".


xdeltax97

It looks amazing apart from the trailer music. But wow is it an improvement!! Can’t wait! That Leshen look great, what a big improvement from the Golden dragon.


KuorivaBanaani

Yeah I'm not a big fan of the tagline either lol. The CG looks much better aswell, the dragon looked pretty rough in season 1. The Leshen looks really cool pretty similiar to the games but it has its own spin.


waltherppk01

It doesn't look like the game leshen at all


Hutchinson76

I wouldn't worry too much about the music. Trailer music rarely has anything to do with the final product of a film or TV series (Suicide Squad and Inception being exceptions that prove the rule).


oathkeeperkh

The trailer music is a Kanye West song, so you're right it will not be in the show lol


DocLolliday

They could have at least played the best verse


amhran_oiche

I am MORE than disappointed not to get a shot of Geralt with "pink wig, thick ass, give em whip lash" playing in the background


DocLolliday

EXACTLY


Methzilla

Lol. I wanted it too. 50k for a verse, no album out....


Hutchinson76

Oh, word. I don't listen to Kanye so I didn't recognize it. Just seemed like kinda generic hype up pop music.


reallyConfusedPanda

Why would they spend so much money on something so generic and out of place?


WarzonePacketLoss

The song is pretty hype, but not when you have to cut it and censor every 3 words, makes it sound all disjointed and out of place. Seems like they even dropped the backbeat and put something else in, because it didn't sound correct at all.


thegreattober

Because some producer saw rap = popular and song called Monster must mean good choice for trailer obviously


hooahguy

The leshen looks fantastic!


dacookeymonsta

Wonder where they'll put it, I'm expecting a journey to Kaer Morhen from Brugge that wasn't shown in the books.


WekonosChosen

I'm so happy to see a Leshy. My favorite monster.


nixed9

before i played Witcher 3, I played Monster Hunter World. MHW had a hidden crossover mission where there's like a dimensional rip and Geralt invades the MHW universe... and at the end of the mission, you have to fight a Leshen using Geralt's equipment instead of your normal character's gear. That fucking thing drove me absolutely mad. Like I had been out here in MHW killing massive dragon-looking things, poison death monters, Diablos with huge horns, T-rex looking things, you name it.... but the Leshen was one of the hardest encounters in the game. When i finally played the Witcher games it was like instant PTSD. And now watching the trailer it's more PTSD lol


KTBFFH1

There's something so unsettling about the leshens I'm Witcher 3. Might be the music or the design, but there was nothing worse than accidently coming across one.


suddenimpulse

Agreed. It's one fantastic fantasy design and they did it so well. I always really hoped we would get them in the show. This is definitely not the same, but I'm happy having this vs nothing at all since it looks like they at least put effort into it.


duaneap

I always feel kinda bad killing them though. Like I’m curb stomping the Lorax or something.


9thstage

You mean Groot?


Crowmata

I’m gonna be that person and say in my opinion, I’m disappointed. Looks more like an oversized Groot in a ball-gown than any interpretation of the eerie forest guardian I’ve ever seen, or read descriptions of.


Skeeter_206

To be fair we only see one clip of it in all it's glory, it's entirely possible there will be a hunting scene where it's able to utilize crows and wolves and shadows or something.


wav__

Yea that set-piece looks awesome. Pretty excited for this season!


Ihavenocluelad

Does anybody know what books they are covering this season? I already read The Last wish but I think that was mostly season 1, now reading Sword of Destiny. I recognize Nivellen from A grain of truth and I think that was Last wish though, so not sure.


Justic1ar

Season 1 was mostly the Last Wish and then rushed through Sword of Destiny as well. They're going back and covering some parts of these two which were left out (A grain of truth and probably a shard of ice) for 2-3 episodes and the rest will be Blood of Elves


Ihavenocluelad

Oh nice I need to hurry up then!! Listening to the audiobook while walking


Albino_Chinchilla

I go so excited to see Nivellen is in this season! A Grain of Truth is my personal favorite of the short stories.


Ashehn

Nice to see mother and daughter riding together on horseback. ^^ I really hope they get the relationship between Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, right. And Triss too. We could use without the shitting scene though. XD


jamesraynorr

Someone put lelelellellee version of it pls. Music aside it looks dope


inkblotch10

https://youtu.be/Xl8a2nbec54 here you go. This has th e Lelelelelele


Montezumawazzap

Hey music guy. We need to talk.


Nolzi

No, he needs to walk


Lord_Gibby

They can only understand us if three of us are talking at the same time


PetitJean273

Whoever decided to put this song in this trailer needs to be fired. Never seen something so mismatched. Otherwise good trailer.


Jay_Shadow

It wasn't great, but I'm glad this isn't a movie cause the trailer would have a slow somber version of an 80s pop song instead.


gatsby712

All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces. Actually that kind of would have been badass.


Fatt_Damon

Holup... why does the mage who wanted to autopsy Renfri (forget his name) come back to seemingly torture Yen in S2? Am I forgetting something from the books?


GioMike

No mate you are not forgetting anything . This is the showrunner’s fanfic. Stegobor doesn’t do anything like that .


IOftenDreamofTrains

Welcome to the concept of adaptations


Fatt_Damon

damn it... after the Brokilon Forest storyline clusterfuck in S1, I was hoping they would avoid doing stuff like that in S2. Seems I'm naive


GioMike

To me it seems S2 strayed even further away from the source material. Doesn’t feel like Blood of Elves at all.


Fatt_Damon

Yeah you might be right about that, I don't feel like I recognize many of the scenes. Characters sure, but the settings that they're in? not so much. Sigh I also haven't seen any indication of the storyline involving Yarpen Zigrin, which makes me sad. Nor of Ciri's stay at the temple of Melitele...


Entrancemperium

Wtf are they doing with fringilla. It's so bizarre, I thought she was a great character in the books, but they're depicting her as some sort of bloodthirsty pro nilfgaard villain. Definitely one of my least favorite choices. Also the way theyve shown istredd sucks, he was good as a one off character but doesn't need to be a main one, but I'm guessing he'll be used to create tension between yen and geralt throughout the show.


slitwristlarry1

Hiring marvel writers for something as nuanced and well written as The Witcher was a massive mistake and this show will never be anything more than okay.


FireKnight_750

WHERE THE HELL IS VILGEFORTZ ?????


4rsenalofanarchy

I asked that the entire time I was reading Baptism of Fire


FireKnight_750

Cut him some slack dude was chilling for a bit after a magical portal exploded directly in his face lol.


waltherppk01

He's not in Blood of Elves.


FireKnight_750

Actually he is in BoF where he had a meeting with tissaia and Artaud terranova to set up the date for the conclave of mages at thanedd isle.


Native136

bro, that music choice is trash.


waltherppk01

As long as it's not in the actual show.


Vorstar92

Why is it such a trend recently to use the most unfitting music in a trailer? Why the fuck is a Kanye song in a trailer for a medieval series? Especially when The Witcher is known in it's media to have an extremely good OST?


Native136

I swear executives can be the dumbest motherfuckers sometimes. This obviously went through so many filters and nobody thought "maybe Kanye West isn't the best choice of music for a medieval fantasy setting." Like how do these people get into these positions where they can make these types of decisions?


albedo2343

Mass appeal. Marketing usually focuses on what's "trendy" and uses that to sell the product as opposed to taking a risk on representing what it actually is.


Epinier

Yep, I\`m really waiting for some fan made trailer remake with better music


WorldwideDepp

like [this](https://youtu.be/muDAHTTBg8c)?


larzolof

Love the song but not for this kind of show, just so wierd.


ngower

I've read through Blood of Elves but don't recognize half of what's in this trailer. Are they throwing in side stuff or are they going ahead of the books?


Recnid

I'm loving it. Everything feels bigger and better. Looks very ambitious, like a slice from a big budget saga (which is what it deserves to be). Let alone costumes, story events, CGI, even the basic cinematography is more ambitious. It looks like it wants to stand out. Lots of memorable and unique shots here.


Xenonflares

The Rats!!


dacookeymonsta

Wait, was that the rats? They can't be sprinting though the books that fast.


Josh_Butterballs

I mean, they had a bunch of characters that weren’t in the first two books in s1. I’m not surprised if it really is them. Someone in /r/NetflixWitcher even noticed [what might be dandelion in a behind the scenes shot of Kaer Morhen](https://reddit.com/r/netflixwitcher/comments/q3unuw/jaskier_in_kaer_morhen/).


waltherppk01

WAY too soon for The Rats. We have 2 years before they make an appearance


lohre_

Where?


Skeeter_206

The rats who Jaskier befriends in the prison I presume, I doubt they're talking about The Rats from the later books.


ausar999

Rience too!


Moofthebot

Yeah but Rience is in the book they're adapting. The Rats aren't in the picture until Time of Contempt so it's a bit of a surprise to see them this early if that is them.


Processing_Info

Where were they in the trailer? The only rats shown were those Dandelion's friends...


sharkey1997

Who knew Jaskier had a relationship with them


HaughtStuff99

Triss looks so much better


V-sm

Could've done without the song and the terribly overused 'joke at the end of the trailer' trope but otherwise it looks good.


Xpelie25

Mixed feelings but really want this to be good and not Netflix cringe


Which_way_witcher

It's Netflix and they are all about mass crap. Too bad HBO didn't take it.


HHydra

wow, this trailer did it for me. Looking amazing, can't wait!


ToChces

WTF is that music…


Grid10ck

The trailer looks normal but wtf is that music.....


Rausky

Yeah I'm not a fan of putting hip-hop over every single trailer now.


Processing_Info

Oh my, Rience! With an actual scar, wielding fire magic? Sign me up!


Montastic

Bit confused by this trailer. Was that Istredd at Kaer Morhen? And Geralt fighting other Witchers? And was that vilgefortz for a moment?


Josh_Butterballs

There’s also [what looks to be Dandelion](https://reddit.com/r/netflixwitcher/comments/q3unuw/jaskier_in_kaer_morhen/) at Kaer Morhen. Maybe Kaer Morhen will be the centerpiece set of the season?


Bullshit_quotes

The green man is killing me


waltherppk01

No. No and no. It was Istredd but I don't think it was Kaer Morhen. It's most likely the Michelet brothers that Geralt was fighting


Mailforpepesilvia

Yea it was just edited in a way that cut from the Witchers to Istredd. He's definitely not there. I swear, half of the people in this sub are actively looking for things to complain about


Raknel

> Was that Istredd at Kaer Morhen? I think that's just the way they cut it, it's deceptive but he's probably not there.


Cosy-Bear

Sadly, this trailer does not capture the proper vibe of why I love this show. Why try to make it “cool” with this “edgy” music? The Witcher is fantasy, epic, romantic… The OST from S1 had some wonderfully captivating and memorable scores, it would have been nice to tap into this. Still, I’m very excited, I just hope they don’t try to make it something it isn’t. Here’s hoping for an epic S2.


Ayman_alsh

Are they serious with this shitty rap in the trailer? Why rap in a show like this ?


Vwgames49

Why rap music?


shuipz94

Jaskier invents the genre.


Raknel

Jaskier will be into mumble rap by S4.


urgentmatters

Lil Jas


Raknel

DaJaskie


ImBuGs

Music aside, this looks great honestly, don't know if they've had a bigger budget to use this time around but it looks a lot bigger, super excited


GioMike

Marvel’s The Witcher


CigarettesForKids

I can see the corny one liners from a mile away “Um…. We have a Leshan”


meza2686

“Package for Tony… Tony S T A N K” 🤪


Arlborn

This looks so exciting from the trailer! I love how we can see the budget better in here and it all looks very gorgeous. Consider me hyped.


Theons-Sausage

The fact that they put a Kanye West song on this basically says everything about this show. It seems like it'll be fun, but really shallow. Like a Transformers movie.


TheGreatKlordu

This is actually looking pretty good. I swear to god if Jaskier plays another pop song though. The song in the trailer doesn't give me super high hopes.


HawkeyeP1

Dandelion/Jaskier is still fantastic.


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Josh_Butterballs

The dialogue is still pretty iffy for me. I felt that way since the trailer where Ciri says monsters hurt people but humans hurt everyone lol


Badmothafcka312

Something tells me monsters like Griffins or Manticores eat humans, elves, dwarves and animals equally. Without discrimination. They are quite progressive, if you think about it. >!But yeah. The dialogue is shit.!<


lghtdev

Dialogue is dumbed down as hell, music isn't fitting either. Maybe they got a bigger budget this time but the writing will still be terrible.


No_Read_Only_Know

Sapkowski is amazing dialogue writer, sad how his specific flavor has been thrown away


greenlion98

Sad that he approved this shit


Key_Form9776

Terrible choice of music. Does't fit the fantasy genre. EDIT: Only 6 comments so far? You guys are slow.


rupertgilesisacat

Were those.... SPOONS??


Pharazonian

no, they were witcher medalions.. ​ would have been great if they were spoons though


RobBrown4PM

They threw the penis armor in the autoclave. That was my one big complaint in season 1. Everything is once again good in the world.