Netflix unleashed a deluge of new material for its The Witcher world on 25 September 2021. These included revelations from the season 2 trailer, The Witcher: Blood Origin, and much more. The Witcher is based on the novel series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. The show premiered on Netflix in December 2019 and quickly became a huge hit for the streaming service. Thereon, Netflix quickly invested heavily in expanding it into full universe-spanning various shows and a few movies. This, as well as incorporating both anime and live-action.
As a monster hunter for hire, Geralt of Rivia travels across the Continent, going from one town to another and slaying whichever creatures seem to be troubling them–all for money. As seen in the first season of The Witcher, the only thing keeping him company is his horse, Roach. He’s aloof and alone. This alters when Geralt’s path crosses with those of Jaskier, a chatty bard on the hunt for adventure. Meanwhile, Yennefer, a mighty sorceress develops feelings for Geralt. This, and Ciri, the incognito princess of the kingdom of Cintra, whom Geralt is destined to guard.
Season 2 of The Witcher is expected to significantly broaden the scope of the show’s universe. As part of this expansion, Netflix’s entire Witcher universe is expanding as well, with the announcement of new series as well as a new movie. The Witcher season 2 trailer included a significant amount of rehashed material from season 1, suggesting that Netflix is attempting to avoid revealing major plot points too soon. Despite this, there are some important things to be gleaned from the new video. The biggest takeaways from the season 2 trailer and the latest news about what is to come in the rest of the universe are listed below.
Geralt has been jaded as a consequence of his long life and treatment as a pariah- a Witcher, and as a result, he may be called nihilistic at the very least. Geralt’s profound skepticism extends to his understanding of morality, which he perceives as a very black-and-white way of seeing the world.
As his voiceover indicates, he won’t have much more wiggle room in season 2, at least not at the beginning “Evil is evil. Lesser. Greater. Middling. It’s all the same.” In his eyes, stupid, starving creatures are the same as wicked sorcerers, and Nilfgaard’s attempt to occupy and control Cintra is the same as theirs.
Geralt was bonded to Ciri when he invoked the Law of Surprise following protecting her father’s life years before in season one. Geralt is responsible for Ciri now, whether he likes it or not. The Witcher season 2 teaser suggests that he will eventually reveal more about Ciri’s history and how Geralt became a significant part of her life.
According to the books, Ciri is destined to become a Witcher, and the second season seems to be following this storyline since Ciri and Geralt eventually arrive at Kaer Morhen. In the trailer, Ciri is shown practising with a sword against a straw dummy, which suggests that she will be training to become a Witcher. Geralt explains that he helped bring her to the Witchers’ citadel to defend her and keep her sheltered.
However, it also appears that she will be training to become one of them. Another shot suggests that she’ll begin the alchemical training that a Witcher goes through on her own body, with one hand blending a potion that, if it’s anything like the books, will accelerate her ageing while simultaneously increasing her performance and physical capabilities, among other things.
Vesemir, Geralt’s advisor and the craggy and crafty commander of the Witchers, is introduced in the teaser. Arguably, a young Vesemir, voiced by Theo James, was previously presented in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf animated show, a prequel that recounted the collapse of the School of the Wolf and the attack on Kaer Morhen. The Witcher season 2 is the first time viewers will get to see him in a live-action setting, and so far, Bodnia has done an excellent job of portraying the crusty old-timer Witcher–as and also his mistrust of Ciri.
Although Yennefer’s strength seems to be increasing as well, according to the season 2 trailer, it isn’t enough to prevent her from being kidnapped and chained by Fringilla. In her capacity as a Nilfgaarddian sorcerer, it would seem that Fringilla has captured the strong Yennefer and is presenting her as a sacrifice to her masters. That, on the other hand, may be a misdirection. Fringilla allows Yennefer to go because she wants her out of the picture, which is exactly what happens in the novels.
There is a major fan theory that has rather become a popular one. The theory suggests that Fringilla and Yennefer have both been kidnapped by the Elves. It seems that this may be the truth because another shot shows the pair are captured and in a cage. Is it possible that this scenario occurs before the one in which Fringilla seems to turn Yennefer in? Could everything also be a ruse? Without a doubt, it’s feasible.
Golden Dragons are so uncommon in The Witcher universe. So much that many consider them mythical. Nonetheless, others know of two that have lived. In season 1, one of the dragons, Villentretenmerth aka Borch, enlists Geralt’s assistance to defend his family. A golden dragon spews flames in the Witcher season 2 teaser.
It seems to be a recycled season 1 video. Whether it’s utilised to support the concept of monsters becoming men or Borch or a new golden dragon appearing is unclear. If it really is a new dragon, the series may alter the chronology and include Zerrikanterment, the second golden dragon. Or a whole new character developed only for the show. The most likely explanation is Borch, but why he’s enraged is unknown.
The Witcher season 2 teaser didn’t have all the answers. A clip showed the first glimpse of Nivellen from Kristofer Hivju’s new Witcher series. The character is a cursed man whose narrative is quite similar to the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
Nivellen is a cursed man that Geralt immediately recognises as such when they meet. It is known that Geralt isn’t a very open person. However, in the footage, Nivellen seems to be close enough to be called out for not being forthright with Ciri. He must be honest about the Witcher training process.
Netflix has acquired a behind-the-scenes clip for The Witcher: Blood Origin. However, the video only verified what was previously known about the forthcoming event. It takes place 1,200 years before The Witcher in an elven world. Blood Origin will trace the development of the first Witcher, the prototype for all subsequent Witchers for a thousand years. The Conjunction of the Spheres, a catastrophic event when the realms of monsters, mankind, and elves combined, will also be explained.
Netflix delivered a couple more surprises. With Blood Origin, Netflix confirmed its plans to vastly extend The Witcher’s universe. The Witcher season 3 is coming, as is a second anime film based in the Witcher universe. It was also announced that a family-oriented series is in the works. However, how the narrative will be set in The Witcher realm is unconfirmed.
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