Well, yesterday we got a look at Geralt’s new “ab armor” in a Netflix Witcher season 2 promo, but this time we’re seeing an even more profound transformation for a character.
That above photo reveals season 2 Ciri, yes, still played by Freya Allan, even if she practically looks like she was recast, due to the transformation we can see here.
First, yes, she’s gone from princess to potential warrior, as she’s in scrappy “Witcher in training” duds instead of princess robes. And yet the most obvious transformation is the magic of…make-up!
This season, they’ve given Ciri a different look, no longer going for the “ghostly elf child” vibe of season one, darkening her brows and giving her different eye make-up. For comparison, here’s a reminder of how Ciri looked last season:
And again, yes, this is the same actress, as I see some speculating it isn’t. This is just what make-up can do. Here’s Freya Allan in real life, when she wasn’t done up as Ciri for season 1. You can see she looks a lot more like season 2 Ciri with the new look.
We are getting a little bit closer to the grown-up Ciri look from the Witcher games that most fans will associate with the character, though her hair is more blonde than silver, though after a certain…transformation, maybe that changes. Ciri is 21 in the games, Freya Allan is 19 in real life, so there you go. She was meant to be pretty young in season 1, but it’s not clear how much time has passed when we arrive at season 2 here.
It’s clear that a focus of season 2 will be Ciri training and Kaer Morhen, as the other photo released today was of a wooden practice sword. Again, we have yet to see Vesesmir, who will likely be training her along with Geralt, but my guess is we see him and Yennefer in the next few days with these daily photo releases.
The Witcher season 2 still does not have a date, given that filming was pushed back by the pandemic and has only recently restarted. It was supposed to be early 2021, but now it could be mid or late 2021, depending. Maybe summer, if they’re able to get back on track, I would guess.
I expect the series to return as a ratings monster for Netflix, no pun intended, given how well the first season performed and how good season 2 is starting to look. More photos to come tomorrow and the next day, it seems.
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