Is The Witcher season 2 less confusing than season 1?

The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix
The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix /

One of the major issues with The Witcher in its first season was its non-linear storytelling. From episode to episode it was unclear when events were taking place and how much time had passed between them.

The most glaring example of this is Ciri’s storyline which is set in a completely different point in time than Geralt and Yennefer’s which wasn’t immediately obvious from the start. For viewers this became a source of confusion and the center of much of the criticism surrounding the first season.

Now that the three character’s have reached the same point in time as each other’s, there’s a question of whether or not The Witcher season 2 will continue revealing bits of the soon-to-be found family’s story in a non-linear fashion.

Here’s what we know!

Is the timeline in The Witcher season 2 easier to follow?

In an interview with The Wrap in 2020, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had the following to say about season 2’s timeline:

"…What we’ll see in Season 2 is that all of our characters are existing on the same timeline. What that allows us to do storywise though is to play with time in slightly different ways. We get to do flashbacks, we get to do flash-forwards, we get to actually integrate time in a completely different way that we weren’t able to do in Season 1… So I think it will be a lot easier for the audience follow and understand, especially a new audience coming in. But there are still going to be some fun challenges with time."

Now that The Witcher season 2 is out, viewers can weigh in themselves on whether or not the timeline is easier to follow this go around.

Minor spoilers ahead of The Witcher season 2

Personally, it is for me. Clearly Ciri and Geralt are on different storyline tracks than Yennefer, but she’s not years behind them in the timeline. As Hissrich points out, there are still challenges with time in season 2. Much of that, however, has to do with the prophecy involving Ciri and her family’s bloodline.

We’ll keep you posted on more The Witcher news and coverage. Stay tuned to Netflix Life, your go-to site for all things Netflix including what’s coming and going from the streamer!

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The Witcher season 2 is available to stream now on Netflix.