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Kristofer Hivju joins The Witcher: Season 2

Kristofer Hivju

Story by Jack Foley

GAME of Thrones stalwart Kristofer Hivju has joined the second season of Netflix’s fantasy series The Witcher.

The actor, who played fan favourite Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones, is one of seven additions to the cast for season two, which is in production with Henry Cavill reprising his role in the lead.

Hivju will play Nivellen, who in the Witcher books, is described as a man cursed to take on the appearance of a monster. When he meets Geralt (Cavill), however, the witcher realizes Nivellen isn’t actually a monster because he’s not repelled by silver.

Other season two newcomers include Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast & Furious 9) as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia and Mecia Simson as Francesca.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner of The Witcher, commented: “The reaction to season one of The Witcher set a high bar for adding new talent for the second season. Sophie Holland and her casting team have once again found the very best people to embody these characters, and in the hands of these accomplished directors, we’re excited to see these new stories come to life.”

Stephen Surjik (The Umbrella Academy), Sarah O’Gorman (Netflix’s Cursed), Ed Bazalgette (Doctor Who) and Geeta Patel (Superstore, Dead to Me) will each direct two episodes of the second season.

Also reprising their roles from the first season will be Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan and Joey Batey.

The Witcher was, according to Netflix, one of its top-performing series in the fourth quarter of 2019. It is set to return in 2021.