The Witcher star Joey Batey has opened up on the darker direction Jaskier ventures towards in season 2, explaining that the bard is ‘risking his life’ for the ‘first time’.
Season one of the Netflix series saw the unlikely friendship between the joyful Jaskier and the surly Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) blossom, as the pair bonded over dangerous adventures across the Continent.
In the new episodes due to come out later this month, Geralt is on a mission to protect Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) at all costs, taking her to Kaer Morhen, where he grew up as a child and was trained to become a monster hunter.
At the London premiere of season two, Joey opened up to Metro.co.uk about where Jaskier’s story will lead, with a teaser already revealing that he will reunite with Geralt at some point.
The actor praised showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and the rest of the creators for their writing on the show, saying that it allowed them to ‘push Jaskier to a darker place’.
‘He feels more emotionally vulnerable, open, engaged, he’s also braver,’ he said.
‘For the first time he’s risking his life to do something that is morally good, which is perhaps the first time he’s done this in his life, so that was really rewarding.’
Joey outlined how Jaskier is depicted as more of a ‘three-dimensional character’ in the latest instalment of the story who’s ‘textured and layered and perhaps a little more detailed’.
‘We get to see Jaskier in his element, and then we get to see him very suddenly not in his element, and that wrong footing and that sort of feeling of being out of place and out of time in some points ends him in some real trouble,’ he stated.
‘That’s the stuff that I found most difficult and most challenging to play, but also is the most rewarding I think.’
Without giving away any spoilers, Joey disclosed that fans are likely to feel ‘worn out’ by the finale, describing it as ‘epic’.
‘It feels like an ordeal and an endeavour,’ he said. ‘These characters are going through some big stuff, and I think that’s hopefully what’s going to be imparted on the audience. It’s something that I’m really excited for the audience to experience.’
Looking back on the trajectory of The Witcher since the beginning, Joey said that while season one was ‘sort of like the short stories’, with season two, ‘we’re off and we’re only just getting started’.
So what about season three, which has already been confirmed to be officially in the works?
‘Let’s find out,’ he teased.
The Witcher season 2 is due to launch on December 17 on Netflix.
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