“The Witcher” premiered on Netflix back in December 2019 and is based on the best-selling fantasy series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series is described as an epic tale of fate and family and follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and young princess CIri (Freya Allan) with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
As you will recall, the first season of “The Witcher” was told via multiple timelines in order to introduce us to Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer but season two takes a different approach. The three main characters’ storylines are occurring simultaneously as we expand on their lives, Ciri’s training at Kaer Morhen, and Yennefer’s attempts to regain her powers. But we won’t go into too much detail about those final episodes just in case people are reading this without having finished the season!
But you already knew that, right?
So here are ten other TV shows* that you might be interested in if you enjoyed “The Witcher” and while you wait for season 3.
*availability may differ across different regions/countries
Syfy series “Van Helsing” is a modern take on vampire lore and totalled five seasons. The series follows Vanessa who spent three years in a coma but awakens to a world ravaged by vampires. Vanessa, it turns out, is a distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing and is earth’s last hope of survival due to her unique powers. Now, she and a motley band of fellow survivors fight to stay alive.
In this Canadian horror/fantasy series a college student joins a secret society to avenge his mother’s death. But while learning and practising magic he uncovers some hidden family secrets and find himself stuck in a battle between werewolves and dark magic. “The Order” ran for two seasons on Netflix.
What if Excalibur chose a Queen? That’s the question asked in this re-imagining of the Arthurian legend. “Cursed” is told through the eyes of Nimue, a young heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. With the likes of Merlin, Lancelot and more, “Cursed” tells an interesting story about religion, war and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible. It’s worth noting, however, that the show was cancelled after one season so if you like your endings to be fully explained and wrapped up then you may want to give this one a miss.
Another modern retelling, this time themed around Norse mythology. A small Norwegian town is experiencing various extreme weather phenomenon – the icecaps are melting faster than ever before and there are long periods of drought as well as numerous cold bursts. Some people think the world is ending and that they are heading towards Ragnarok… In comes teenager Magne who learns that he is the reincarnation of Thor and begins the fight against those who are destroying the planet. Two seasons are currently available with a third and final season in the works.
Based on the Archie comic book series of the same name, and also a spin-off from The CW’s “Riverdale”, this series follows the life of half-human, half-witch Sabrina Spellman. As she approaches the age of 16, Sabrina must choose between a witch’s life or that of her human friends. Essentially the series is a dark coming-of-age tale that sees Sabrina having to come to terms with her dual-nature while also keeping her family and friends safe. “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” ran for two seasons (spread across 4 parts) and will also be getting a comic-book continuation in “The Occult World of Sabrina”.
Admittedly, this one is a bit of a wild card! Set in Birmingham, England in 1919 the series follows the notorious Peaky Blinders gang. Led by Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost, the show is based on the real life gang who stitched razor blades into the peaks of their caps. As Shelby’s crime empire grows he plans on controlling a lot more than just Birmingham. Season 6 of the hit BBC show should be airing in the UK soon with its arrival on Netflix worldwide expected in early 2022.
In Warrior Nun, a sheltered teen girl named Ava wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers and soon finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil. Ava crosses paths with The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. Ava reluctantly accepts her responsibilities as the chosen one while trying to have a normal life as a teenage girl rediscovering the world around her. Warrior Nun has plenty of mystery, action, adventure, romance, but also plenty of twists and unexpected moments. Netflix has also confirmed a second season.
This animated spin-off film is set before season 1 of “The Witcher” and tells the origin story of Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir. Escaping from poverty to become a witcher, Vesemir travels to Kaer Morhen in order to train as a Witcher. Living a life of monster-slaying for coin and glory is all well and good, but when a strange new monster arrives on the scene, he must also face the demons of his past.
Based on “The Saxon Stories” by Bernard Cornwell, this dramatic series is set around 866 AD as Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders. Uhtred, a man born a Saxon but raised by Vikings, seeks to claim his ancestral birthright. As time passes we see more of the ongoing battle between the Saxons of England and the ongoing invasion of the Vikings. The fifth and final season is expected soon and will be followed by a feature-length film “Seven Kings Must Die” which will begin production in 2022.
Another BBC series worth watching is the three-part retelling of “Dracula” which aims to transform the legends with new tales that flesh out the vampire’s gory crimes and bring his vulnerability into the light. With a few clever twists and turns, the limited series from Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat certainly brings a classic, gothic Dracula to our screens in an interesting new way.