22 December 2019 22:32
Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher, was a fun fantasy adventure told across multiple timelines that wasn't afraid to break away from the books when it made sense. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich managed to do a lot in this first season, which introduced viewers to the witcher Geralt (Henry Cavill), the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and the princess Ciri (Freya Allan). By the season's end, not only did Ciri go into a trance and share an ominous prophecy, but she seemed to share Geralt's dreams about Yennefer. They're handy at times in allowing her to escape from people, but I think it's something that she sees as quite a dark thing because she can't control it and she doesn't want to hurt people and also it makes her feel quite isolated," Freya Allan told us. We know that whatever Geralt wished for, it saved Yennefer's life and bound their destinies together.
The prophecy Ciri spoke in her Episode 7 trance seemed to warn of a new ice age destroying the world, and we're guessing her ties to this potential apocalypse are why she's of such interest to Nilfgaard. Whatever it is, Cavill shared that after denying the very concept of destiny all season long, Geralt is finally ready to try and fulfill his role in whatever destiny has in store. When is The Witcher season 2 on Netflix? I'm so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures… in Season Two. I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can't wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us. The first season is based on Sapkowski's The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny collections of short stories (albeit not all of them), and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has confirmed that the next series will incorporate unused parts of those stories with first "Witcher saga" novel Blood of Elves.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said: "What I would say is that season 1 is very much about building blocks. The Witcher season 1 ends with Yennefer's fate unknown, Nilfgaard's army (temporarily) defeated, and Geralt of Rivia finally united with his Child of Surprise, Ciri. Drawing on Andrzej Sapkowski's books of short stories The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish, as well as the first Witcher novel Blood of Elves, the first season of the Netflix shows establishes the three core characters and their place in the Continent. Geralt, meanwhile, accidentally acquires a child of his own when he claims the Law of Surprise in exchange for saving the life of a knight, Duny - not knowing that Duny's lover, the Princess Pavetta, is already pregnant with Ciri. Here's how Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri's stories conclude in The Witcher season 1, and what might lie ahead for these characters.
Geralt and Ciri's Timelines Converge in the Season Finale In the season finale, "Much More," all three storylines catch up and converge around the Battle of Sodden Hill, with Yennefer fighting in the center of the battle, and Geralt and Ciri in the woods not far away. Yennefer and Geralt's timelines start to run parallel to one another by episode 5, "Bottled Appetites," but it's not until the very last few moments of The Witcher season 1 that Geralt finally catches up to Ciri. However, not only do their linked destinies create a kind of soul bond between them (which explains how Ciri immediately knows who Geralt is), they have also been searching for one another for some time. he is your destiny." After spending the entire first season frightened, hunted, and with few friends, finally finding her guardian is understandably an enormous relief for young Ciri. Nilfgaard's conquest of the Continent is a plot thread that runs through The Witcher season 1, and culminates in the season finale with the pivotal Battle of Sodden Hill. The sorcerers who take a stand against Nilfgaard do not escape unscathed, however; by the end of the battle, fourteen are dead, Tissaia de Vries is severely weakened by a dose of dimeritium (a metal that suppresses magical abilities), Triss Merigold is badly burned, and Yennefer's fate is unknown after she unleashes the full potential of her magic and burns the forest in front of Sodden Hill - and the Nilfgaardians along with it. The Battle of Sodden Hill, and the lead-up to it, reveals a great deal about the nature of magic in The Witcher. Initially raised by his mother, who instilled in him the importance of not killing intelligent creatures like dragons, Geralt was handed over to the witchers at Kaer Morhen. Related: Netflix's The Witcher Cast & Character Guide In the season finale, Geralt is reunited with his mother, Visenna, when she reappears to treat his nekker bite. Geralt's exchange with his mother offers valuable insight into not only his character, but also the nature of witcher training. This drives home the parallels between Geralt's early life and Yennefer's, since both characters lost their fertility in exchange for their abilities, and both watched their fellow students be sacrificed to the rigors of training - in Kaer Morhen with the young witchers-in-training who were killed, and in Aretuza with the girls who were turned into eels. What's Next For Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer? Yennefer expended a dangerous amount of magical energy at the Battle of Sodden Hill, and calls for her afterwards went unanswered, so it's safe to assume she will suffer the consequences in The Witcher season 2. It was mentioned earlier in the series that witchers are becoming rare because Kaer Morhen fell, and new witchers are no longer being created there, but Geralt could train Ciri in some of the ways of the witcher so that she can at least defend herself. The first eight episodes of the series introduced many different characters, creatures, and locations, so we can expect the world to get even bigger when The Witcher returns to Netflix in 2021. More: What To Expect From The Witcher Season 2