The Witcher 2’s official video and photos revealed the return of Jaskier, Geralt’s favorite bard and friend. But why would he return given how Geralt treated him in the first season? Because of their video game adaptations, the Witcher novels and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski are very popular. Following a movie and TV series in Poland, Netflix finally brought an English version to the United States in December 2019. Netflix renewed The Witcher for a second season even before the first was published. This was presumably due to the popularity of the novels and games in the series.
The show follows three individuals whose narratives take place in various locations at different periods. As a result, Netflix’s The Witcher stands apart owing to its non-linear and often confusing storyline. Characters include Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, a strong sorceress named Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Freya Allan’s Ciri, the Cintra’s crown princess with extraordinary abilities. Though Jaskier, a bard who chose to accompany Geralt on some of his quests, was the breakout star of The Witcher season 1, the song that he performed was the most memorable on the soundtrack.
Aside from his horse Roach, Geralt prefers to be alone. However, Jaskier joined the witcher and accompanied him on several missions. Here, they encountered a wide range of creatures. Moreover, they even ended up being possessed by one in the process. He didn’t like company and was often nasty to Jaskier, who put up with Geralt until he snapped and forced him to leave him alone. Now that Jaskier’s fans know he’ll return in The Witcher season 2, what will draw him back to his old friend?
After the bard’s performance had been booed, Geralt was attempting to get some quiet in the tavern when he encountered Jaskier. When Jaskier requested Geralt to go over his performance, he discovered he was speaking to a witcher when he learned that the creatures Geralt had described didn’t exist. Jaskier accompanied Geralt on a mission to kill the “devil” stealing the grain so that he wouldn’t be labeled as a horrible killer anymore, and it was the beginning of their strange relationship, which lasted for a long time after that. One of their numerous escapades was Jaskier asking Geralt to be his bodyguard during a royal betrothal, where he had crossed many of the guests.
After Duny came at the betrothal party, for Princess Pavetta’s hand in marriage, things got out of hand. Despite Geralt’s efforts to protect him and the ensuing fight, Queen Calanthe agreed to respect the Law of Surprise. Eventually, Pavetta was allowed to marry Duny. The Law of Surprise was chosen by Geralt as pay, and when it was revealed that Pavetta was pregnant, Ciri became Geralt’s fate.
Geralt had no intention of bringing a Child of Surprise to the celebration. In fact, he made it clear to Jaskier that it was all his responsibility for bringing him along. Because of this, Geralt blamed the bard for everything that had gone wrong for him. He went out to state that if he could have one wish granted, it would be to have Jaskier taken off his hands for the rest of his life. Because he was wounded, Jaskier fled and was never seen again throughout Season 1 of The Witcher. This sparked a great deal of curiosity about whether or not he would make a comeback.
Season 2 plot specifics are sparse, although Geralt and Ciri’s journey to Kaer Morhen and their training there with the aid of other witchers are widely known by now. Eskel, Lambert, Con, and Vesemir will all appear in the second season (Kim Bodnia). When it comes to Season 2, we still don’t know what Jaskier’s role will be. His reappearance was only hinted at in a teaser for Geralt of Rivia. However, it wasn’t revealed until the first trailer and official pictures were released. Season 2’s connection with him may be gleaned from the novels since he has ties to many of the new characters.
A major plot hole in the first season of The Witcher was Jaskier’s age. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich said they “dropped the ball on aging” Jaskier. However, this will be handled differently in season 2. This is a mistake that has previously been recognized. Fan theories abound on Jaskier’s apparently endless youth. Some have proposed that he became eternal through a potion. Meanwhile, others post that the series is being told by Jaskier, who is portraying himself as young and beautiful in the process. Season 1’s error in making the bard seem older has resulted in him having longer hair, a stubble beard, and a new costume inspired by the one he wore in the video games. He now has a more mature appearance.
As previously stated, Jaskier has ties to many of the new characters introduced in The Witcher season 2. This explains why Geralt needs his old friend’s assistance in this new adventure. Rience was sent to locate Ciri after Cintra fell and Jaskier got into some problems with him. While listening to Jaskier’s song about Cintra’s lion cub, Rience learned that the cub was being raised by a witcher. Yennefer saved the bard from Rience, who had kidnapped and tortured him for information. Sigismund Dijkstra, the head of the Redanian Secret Service, also enlisted Jaskier’s services.
Geralt’s whereabouts were in the hands of Dijkstra at one time, but Jaskier lied to keep them secret. The Witcher season 2 will see Geralt relying on his friend Jaskier to keep him and Ciri safe. At the same time, Jaskier will refuse to divulge any information no matter how hard others try. Furthermore, he will also do whatever he can to keep his witcher friend and the young princess safe. Geralt blamed Jaskier for everything that went wrong for him in season 1. However, in season 2, he’ll need his friend’s help.