After nearly two years since its first season, Netflix’s The Witcher finally released its second season on Friday, December 17, 2021.
The show falls into the fantasy drama genre. It is the first English adaptation of books and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
Monoliths are essentially large upright pieces of stone. They often come in the form of an obelisk or a column, resembling the shape of a pillar. In the universe of The Witcher, the structural monoliths are placed all across the land, also known as The Continent. The monumental pillars are believed to carry significant value to the characters on their path to finding a purpose.
During Season 1 of The Witcher, Cirilla, a princess of magical inheritance, topples a monolith with the power of her scream. The following season acknowledges the prominence of monoliths. It reveals that the mystical structures are a passageway to another realm.
According to The Witcher website, “Monoliths are an ‘inexplicable phenomenon’ – enormous pillars of obsidian stone scattered across the continent. Scholars study them, but don’t yet know who created them.”
Towards the final episode of Season 2, when Cirilla is possessed, she again uses a scream to control the monolith. Only this time, she ends up opening a portal for multiple formidable monsters to enter the Continent from. This turn of events leads us to believe that Ciri’s screams power monoliths. In essence, it means every time lets out a gut-wrenching scream, a monolith opens.
The Witcher is a Netflix fantasy drama show run by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. The show first premiered on the streaming giant in December of 2019. The first and second seasons, now available to stream, contain eight episodes each.
The show speaks the individual stories of its lead characters, Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg. Season 1 follows them through different timelines as their paths fall into place. And ultimately, the show settles into a single timeline as fate intertwines the characters. And it ends with the battle for Sodden Hill against the invaders of Nilfgaard.
In essence, season 1 was based on short stories preceding The Witcher series: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. According to IMDB, “Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.” Before the December release of its second season, The Witcher was renewed for season three in September of 2021.
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia is a magical monster hunter. He is a mutated human who underwent excessive physical and psychological training to become a “witcher”. Played by British actor Henry Cavill, Geralt is taking risky endeavours. Previously, Cavill has appeared in the DCEU as Superman in the 2010s reboots and more. Moreover, the actor got his first big-screen project in 2001’s Vendetta, where he played the character of Thomas.
Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
Yennefer of Vengerberg, who is a quarter-elf, is a powerful sorceress. She is the true love of Geralt and acts as a mother figure to Ciri. Anya Chalotra is a British actress. She is known for her brilliant portrayal as Jennifer on Netflix’s Wanderlust.
Freya Allan as Cirilla “Ciri,” the crown princess of Cintra
The granddaughter of Queen Calanthe and daughter of Pavetta, Cirilla, is the crown princess of Cintra. She inherits the magical powers of her mother. Freya Allan, born in 2001, has essentially gained popularity after her appearance as Ciri in The Witcher. Moreover, before this, she made small, brief cameos in Bluebird and Captain Fierce over the years.
The Witcher Season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix.