Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Witcher Season 2
Netflix’s latest release has gotten fans immersed with its great storytelling. The Witcher Season 2 develops gradually to expose the many conflicts arising among the mages at the Brotherhood. Eventually, the mages coil up a political conflict that has them divided on two sides. Tissaia and Vilgefortz are making constant efforts to overthrow The Brotherhood‘s current leaders, Stregobor and Artorius Vigo. Meanwhile, Yennefer is hounded by the mages who hold their doubts about her loyalty and lineage.
All the mages of the Continent are caught up in a political strife. Which makes the narrative strained and immersive? Recently, NetflixGeeked released a deleted scene which depicts how threatening the mages are becoming. The scene reveals a furious Stregobor as he targets Vilgefortz’s past and questions his loyalty.
Only recently, NetflixGeeked dropped a bunch of deleted scenes in their “The Witcher Season 2, The Witcher: Unlocked” event. In this particular scene, it is revealed that the mysterious mage Vilgefortz holds a much meaningful history. Moreover, the Netflix show does not even touch on that yet.
Stregobor’s demeanor in the scene is passive and questionable. He points out the fact that Vilgefortz was “Born of a prostitute, abandoned in a sewer, [his] magic shaped by the ignorant druids who picked [him] up.” In addition to this, Stregobor also pricks at controversial matters like how Vilgefortz never attended a school like Ban Ard. As well as how he never received any formal magical education.
Following this, Stregobor ridicules Vilgefortz’s ability to lead. He points out that Vilgefortz “clearly doesn’t respect [The Brotherhood’s] code of ethics.” While Stregobor’s own code of ethics can be questioned here, the connotation is quite obvious. That Vilgefortz is an outsider and that he can ultimately pose a greater threat to other mages of the Brotherhood.
Moreover, after a series of accusations directed towards Yennefer, Stregobor finishes off with a distinct dialogue. He says, “What about [Yennefer’s] rage, her tempestuousness? Then again, you understand those all too well, don’t you?” Clearly, he is implying that both Vilgefortz and Yennefer resemble in their more problematic, chaotic sides. Which is something he knows will be dangerous for The Brotherhood.
The entire exchange is to doubt where Vilgefortz stands with his loyalties. The mage does not have any prior links to Ban-Art, and thus, none to The Brotherhood. Meaning he owes absolutely nothing to the mages. The particular scene questions Vilgefortz moral agenda. And ultimately stresses on the fact that the mage is yet to reveal his true, darker colors.
It is true that Vilgefortz has seen his fair share of debatable instances in the show. However, his overall portrayal is that of a noble and just man. Vilgefortz fought alongside the mages at the Battle of Sodden Hill. He implemented his battle-hardened strategic mind to aid Tissaia’s takeover. So, in contrast to the merciless and wicked man that Stregobor is depicted as, it is apparent that most of the audience are on Vilgefortz’s side. With that said, the particular deleted scene does a fair job in revealing how even the good mages have their mysterious sides in hiding.
Watch the full deleted scene below:
The Witcher Season 1 and Season 2 are available to stream exclusively on Netflix.