Despite the delays caused by the industry-wide COVID-19 shutdown, A Discovery of Witches fans had been crossing their fingers for a late 2020 release date for series two. That’s not quite going to happen, but the wait isn’t going to be much longer. On August the 6th, Sky confirmed on Twitter that the new series will arrive in January 2021.
Here’s the official Tweet confirming the news:
The second series will have two more episodes than the first, bringing the total to 10, five of which were directed by Farren Blackburn, whose back catalogue features a healthy number of supernatural titles including atmospheric Netflix fantasy The Innocents, as well as Marvel’s Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Doctor Who and Den of Geek favourite The Fades.
Series three was commissioned at the same time as series two, before the first series had aired. With several UK productions beginning to come out of lockdown and finding ways to film within the strict COVID-19 safety guidelines, we might expect to hear more officially about a series three production timetable in the near future.
For the uninitiated, A Discovery of Witches stars Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode as a witch and a vampire thrown together against the fates. It’s adapted from Deborah Harkness’ hit All Souls trilogy and made its UK debut on Sky One in autumn 2018. It airs on Sundance and horror streaming service Shudder in the US.
Here’s the official synopsis for series two from production company Bad Wolf:
Season 2 opens with Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) on the streets of Elizabethan London, where they are hiding in time from the Congregation. Here in Elizabethan London they must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life.
Alongside the Elizabethan action, back in the present day, Diana’s beloved aunts, Sarah and Em, must take shelter with notorious witch hunter Ysabeau De Clermont at her ancestral home, Sept-Tours. Meanwhile, in Oxford, Marcus and Miriam take on Matthew’s mantle to protect daemons Nathaniel and Sophie, whose pregnancy is advancing. And Gerbert, Knox, Satu and Domenico are determined to hunt down every clue they can to Diana’s and Matthew’s disappearance, and the secrets their allies are keeping from them.
Series two welcomes Steven Cree as Gallowglass and will see Diana and Matthew cross paths with some famous figures from history including Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Michael Lindall.
Read our spoiler-filled series one reviews here. As soon as a specific date in January is confirmed, we’ll let you know.