This article discusses whether there will be a Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary 2, a sequel to the Netflix documentary Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary.
Netflix is expanding its catalog of The Witcher-related content with the release of Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary, a brand-new, 11-minute documentary on the monsters featured in last year’s feature-length anime The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The short documentary is now available to stream on Netflix.
Should we expect a sequel to Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary, and what would be the potential release date?
Probably not. Netflix hasn’t announced it, and there’s only so much juice you can squeeze out of this particular orange. This is not the first “Bestiary” documentary Netflix has released — they already made two of them for season 1 of The Witcher, and another one for season 2 just came out as well. Since Nightmare of the Wolf was less than 90 minutes long, it’s unlikely it will justify another Bestiary, so we should not expect a release date announcement.
However, it is definitely not the end of the Bestiary series in the Witcher Netflix universe. With Blood Origin, a six-part miniseries set 1200 years before the events of the Henry Cavill series, hitting Netflix later this year, fans of this fantasy world should expect another look at the monsters that populate the Continent coming next year.
What’s next for The Witcher?
A lot. Netflix is currently in production of two live-action series set within this world. The aforementioned Blood Origin, now in post-production, was promised to be hitting the platform at some point in 2022 (it started filming in August 2021), with recent reports hinting at a December date. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophia Brown, Mirren Mack, Lenny Henry, Jacob Collins Levy, and many more. Plot details are currently unknown, though the marketing campaign should kick off very soon.
At the same time, The Witcher season 3 started filming earlier this year, possibly aiming at a late 2023 release. Henry Cavill is back in the lead role, as well as Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, Tom Canton, and many more. We should expect another Bestiary documentary from season 3, though that’s probably two years away.
But Netflix is not slowing down. As revealed during last year’s Tudum fan event, they are working on another anime feature film in the vein of Nightmare of the Wolf, though it’s unclear if it will be related to it. No news has come out since then about it, but we could start hearing some buzz when another edition of Tudum happens on September 24. They are also developing “new kids and family series” set on the Continent, though details are sparse at this point.
HBO has Westeros, Prime Video has Middle-earth, and Netflix is establishing the Continent as their flagship fantasy world. Season 1 saw very strong viewership numbers, and from all accounts, season 2 was successful as well. Netflix may be experimenting in the next few months/years to survive the streaming wars, and given previous earnings reports from this year, they will need to adapt. However, that doesn’t mean they will change what’s working for them, and so far, The Witcher is. Having new content to keep the flame from extinguishing is always a good idea, especially if it’s a relatively cheap piece of media like Nightmare of the Wolf, and now, Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary.