Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Witcher season 2 in December 2021. More than half a dozen new characters to join the returning cast, including fan favorites like Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri and even a Beauty and the Beast-style monster. You may not be acquainted with these new characters if you haven’t read The Witcher books or played any of CD Projekt Red’s games.
Here’s what we can anticipate from the new cast members, as well as what they can tell us about potential narrative arcs, locations, and any other significant events that might appear in the show’s following eight episodes, all while avoiding spoilers.
Ciri initially encounters Eskel in Blood of Elves at Kaer Morhen. There’s obviously a visible pattern here. However, she regards him with suspicion because of the scars on his face. Next year, don’t be shocked if the scenario is lifted verbatim from the books. Eskel, on the other hand, has an intriguing connection to Geralt: the two were childhood friends during witcher training. Geralt did, in fact, have a few acquaintances.
That’s one more trip in Kaer Morhen with Geralt and Ciri to add to the season 2 total. The most intriguing part about Eskel’s life is that he was raised alongside Geralt. Until the season 1 conclusion, we didn’t know much about Geralt’s early life and training. In the form of flashbacks or some plain old-fashioned reminiscing, Eskel might give us a glimpse into this mysterious past. Seeing Geralt really get along with someone for a change would be welcome.
What do the books say?
Coen, the second-youngest witcher to make it through training, is introduced to readers in Blood of Elves as Ciri’s companion and mentor at Kaer Morhen, the witchers’ ancestral home. He even teaches her sword fighting and converses often with Cintra’s Lion Cub while she is there.
Coen doesn’t appear in any of the games, unlike some of the others on this list, although he is mentioned in The Witcher’s conversation.
Coen and Ciri are likely to appear in a number of sequences together, including some training montages. As long as the Netflix series stays true to Coen’s character depiction in the novels, he’ll make for an interesting addition to the cast, though Geralt of Rivia may find his exuberance irritating. The fact that he’s onboard implies that Ciri may even get a real fight scene or two before the season is through.
Lambert is a quick-witted, sarcastic witcher who despises his origins, but he does manage to pass on some of his knowledge to Ciri via combat training. He only appears once in the game trilogy (in Blood of the Elves), but he and Triss Merrigold have nothing but contempt for one another.
There’s much more to Lambert’s character in the games, as he often clashes with Geralt and is subjected to his foul-mouthed poems.
Is there anybody with as big of a personality as Geralt? When about him, anybody would be giddy as a schoolgirl. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer are all likely to rank above Lambert in the pecking order, but Lambert’s overall grumpiness and penchant for verbal sparring may make him a fan favorite.
Francesca has a colorful literary past. Her beauty belies her immense power as an elf sorcerer, and she goes on to become the Queen of the Free Elves. When she’s not helping the Nilfgaardian empire fight the Northern armies, she may be found in the throes of the empire. The Lodge of Sorceresses, which she subsequently helped establish, was named for her.
As far as missing characters go, Francesca is perhaps the most important. This is the only time we see her except in a journal entry from The Witcher 2 when she is referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” and a Gwent card from The Witcher 3.
It seems as if Nilfgaard is all set to make a big northward push. In the season 1 finale, they may be able to revenge the Battle of Sodden thanks to Fringilla and Francesca working together to change the course of the battle. Season 2 will include much more political intrigue in the vein of Game of Thrones, as shown in Francesca’s presence.
It’s said that Nivellen was cursed to be a Beauty and the Beast-style monster for the rest of his life. A Grain of Truth is the third tale in The Last Wish collection, and it features him. Season 1 largely borrowed on A Grain of Truth. Throughout the narrative, he runs across Geralt and even comes to his rescue from Vereena’s clutches.
Nivellen is a fictional figure that can only be found in novels.
Both Geralt and Ciri will run across Nivellen on their journey to Kaer Morhen, according to Redanian Intelligence, a fan site. If the information in that report is accurate, it provides us with a better idea of how the season will unfold: Ciri and Geralt may make their way to Kaer Morhen, where they may run across Nivellen on the way. After A Grain of Truth, we may expect some witcher training and Nilfgaardian action featuring Vilgefortz, Lydia, and Francesca for the remainder of the season.
As an apprentice to the evil wizard Vilgefortz, Lydia aids the Nilfgaardian Emperor in his plot to conquer the North.
None of the games includes Lydia.
Season 2’s introduction of Lydia may be setting the stage for the introduction of a big villain, one we’ve only seen in passing. It’s been established in the novels that she has a strong relationship with Vilgefortz, who appears in episodes 7 and 8. Season 2 is expected to include a bigger role for sorcerers and sorceresses since all of the key characters are from a literary event. This, however, will remain a mystery and will be presented soon.
Vereena makes an appearance as Nivellen’s lover in A Grain of Truth. However, she has a terrible and horrific secret hidden from him.
Fans of the book will be pleased to know that Vereena appears in The Witcher 3 during a DLC contract mission in Skellige.
More evidence that A Grain of Truth will be turned into a Netflix series. For the sake of not giving away too much of the season 2 storyline, this is all for now. However, be assured that Geralt will be facing one of his most intriguing and ethically dubious challenges yet.
Known as one of the last of his kind, Vesemir is a mentor to the witchers of Kaer Morhen and a person highly revered by his fellow witchers. The skills of monster hunting were especially important to Ciri’s witcher training, which he assisted her with.
Vesemir is a trusted and devoted friend of Geralt and other witchers in Kaer Morhen. He even participates in many defences of the ancient witcher stronghold in the games compared to the novels.
Among the cast of new faces, Vesemir is most likely to have an impact. Prequel anime film Nightmare of the Wolf, which releases in August 2021, provides strong evidence supporting this theory. Such focus on a single character implies he’ll have a significant role to play in any training arc with Ciri for Kaer Morhen.