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The Witcher season 2 star Anya Chalotra also finds the timeline 'confusing'

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Unless you're a superfan of The Witcher book series by Andrzej Sapkowski or the video game spinoffs, you may have struggled to wrap your head around season one of Netflix's epic adaptation.

Starring Superman's Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, the titular monster-slaying Witcher, the small screen retelling follows three separate but intertwined timelines that play out at different speeds.

Throw in the fact that some of the characters barely age thanks to magic, making it extra tricky to gauge how much time has passed, and you've got a recipe for a fairly confused novice viewer.

Freya Allan, Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra attend the World Premiere of
Anya Chalotra (far right) with her co-stars Freya Allan and Henry Cavill at The Witcher season two world premiere in London on December 1. Photo: Getty Images.

If you (like this writer) found yourself utterly entranced but slightly bewildered partway through season one, you're not alone.

Anya Chalotra, who stars as sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg tells Yahoo Lifestyle that even she found it a bit tricky to keep track of who was doing what while shooting.

"If I dip into all the different timelines, I get as confused as the audience may have in season one," the 26-year-old Brit admits.

"So I chose not to because I would have just lost it otherwise," she adds with a laugh.

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Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in a scene from The Witcher season two. Photo: Netflix/Jay Maidment (supplied).
Anya "relished the challenge" of playing Yennefer in season two of The Witcher. Photo: Netflix/Jay Maidment (supplied).

It's somewhat a relief then that the three timelines converge at the end of The Witcher's first season, setting us up for a more linear season two — not that Anya really noticed.

"There was so many things I had to focus on in season one, but Yennefer was kind of my main journey and I didn't even realise we all came together at the end," she admits.

While season two might be more straightforward chronologically, Anya had her work cut out for her playing Yennefer who was left broken and bereft after the Battle of Sodden.

"Oh, I love it," she says. "I relish the challenge. I mean, there's a lot with Yennefer, she goes through a lot, bless her, someone needs to give her a break!"

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in a scene from The Witcher season two. Photo: Netflix/Jay Maidment (supplied).
Anya found herself in a 'dark place' while playing Yennefer in season two. Photo: Netflix/Jay Maidment (supplied).

Unfortunately, going by the trailer, Yennefer doesn't get so much as a break but some sort of breakdown which required Anya to go to some pretty dark places with her performance.

But instead of delving too deeply into the doom and gloom, Anya says she found herself leaning in the opposite direction.

"I really found in season two that I had to feel good, almost be content and happy, and that could take me to the darkest place because I was freer in myself.

"Usually, when I put the expectation of reaching a certain emotional state on myself, I shut down, I can't reach it."

The Witcher Season 2 premiers on Netflix on Wednesday, December 17.

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