The Witcher Season 2 introduced a bunch of new characters into the fold. These included some fellow Witchers as well. However, not all of them survived the climactic battle. So, how many Witchers will stick around following Season 2? The fantasy genre holds a power over the audiences with several mesmerizing universes. Each has their own historical stories. One such story that has won audiences’ attention is Netflix’s The Witcher series.
Based on a series of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher gained immense popularity after appearing on small screens. The franchise already has an amazing video game adaptation, as well as a movie and TV series adaptation in Poland in 2001 and 2002. Netflix’s version marks the first ever English adaptation of the series.
The Witcher premiered its first season on Netflix in December 2019. The series took a different turn compared to Sapkowski’s novels by following a non-linear timeline. In this way, The Witcher laid the foundation for its lead characters and eventually merged their paths in the season finale.
The characters being, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the titular monster slayer, Yennefer of Vengerbeg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress, and Ciri (Freya Allan), the princess of Cintra who has mysterious powers. Throughout Season 1, the only Witcher we saw was Geralt. But Season 2 made viewers familiar with a family of Witchers, including Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir (Kim Bodnia).
The Witcher Season 2 featured four new Witchers. These Witchers have played a prominent role in Geralt’s past. However, the show does not allow viewers to properly understand these characters because of the limited screen time. Along with Vesemir, we see Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Lambert (Paul Bullion), and Coën (Yasen Atour) in The Witcher season 2. Their first appearance is when Geralt and Ciri arrivat Kaer Morhen. Apparently, the four are among the few monster hunters who survived the attack on the old fortress, as seen in Nightmare of the Wolf.
The Witcher Season 2 originally showed 10 Witchers. With the addition of Geralt, then Eskel, the tally went up to 12. But according to Looper, the show’s credits only name eight of these (Geralt, Vesemir, Eskel, Lambert, Coen, Everard, Gwain, and Merek). When Eskel transformed into a Leshy, Geralt was forced to kill him. Which brought the number of Witchers down to 11.
As the new chapter advanced, things got quite out of hand. In the finale of The Witcher Season 2, Ciri was possessed by a demon called Voleth Meir. Her actions called death and collapse over Kaer Morhen. Under the evil influence of the Deathless Mother, Ciri killed Gwain, Everard, and Merek. Thus, eight Witchers remained at Kaer Morhen. Later, Vesemir revealed that the other two Witchers, Vartok and Yrden, died in battle. As well as another Witcher gor beheaded by a monster summoned by the now-possessed Ciri.
By the end of The Witcher Season 2, there were only five Witchers remaining. Namely, Geralt, Vesemir, Lambert, Coen, and another, unknown character. With that said, it is possible that some Witchers from the School of the Wolf simply did not return to Kaer Morhen that winter. The original books show two more schools of mutated hunters. And the Netflix show has a pattern of diverting from the source material. So, it is likely that the show could introduce more Witchers in the coming seasons.
The Witcher Season 2 lacked storytelling when it came to depicting respective backgrounds of every Witcher. Particularly Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, who was allowed little screen time. Hopefully, Season 3 will pay more attention to the Continent’s most knowledgeable monster hunter. The stories have a lot more in store about the Witchers. Like how the mutated hunters came into existence, as well as their histories. Now, because there are only five Witchers remaining from the School of the Wolf, it would make sense for Season 3 to carefully portray their stories and give them a significant place in the overall narrative.