Ciri’s journey in Netflix’s The Witcher and the books are filled with perils. According to the narrative of The Witcher books, this is what the crown princess of Cintra goes through after Season 2. Netflix’s fantasy drama has won such massive accolades because the creators have created a perfectly proportioned story. It has heavy influences from Andrzej Sapkowski’s masterful worldbuilding and the diverse elements in The Witcher games.
All the content in The Witcher franchise focuses on Ciri, the sole princess of Cintra. The storyline explores her newfound magical abilities, uncovering the truth about the Elder Blood running in her veins, which entitles her to access the Spheres or alternate dimensions.
Warning! This article contains spoilers for The Witcher Book Series.
In the second to last episode of The Witcher Season 2, we see Voleth Meir possessing Ciri’s physical form. Also known as the Deathless Mother, she is a demon who feeds on pain and desperation. She uses Yennefer as a pawn to gain access to Ciri. This possession, however, is temporary, as Voleth Meir leaves Ciri’s body.
Following this, the arrival of The Wild Hunt, also known as the Wraiths of Mörhogg, poses new obstacles in Ciri’s path. This aligns roughly with the narrative of the popular game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt indeed protects ciri. And she is trained by some of the best Witchers at the old keep of Kaer Morhen. But the way Ciri flourishes is grander than a typical Witcher. At least if we consider the books.
The second book in The Witcher series, Time of Contempt, sees Ciri tackle several obstacles in her path. She struggles with the idea of education at Aretuza. Additionally, she deals in physical combat with the Nilfgaardian bounty hunters. Ciri’s tiny stunts of magic have revealed how terrifyingly out of control her Chaos is. But the true limits of her powers are tested when she meets with a unicorn. Ciri names the unicorn Little Horse and ends up unleashing powers that allow her to look into the future.
In her visions, she sees herself scouring the Continent menacingly for revenge. Baptism of Fire takes the story forward as Ciri gets accustomed to the company of many outlaws called the Rats. In her new life, she takes on the alias Falka, following her futuristic visions. She also gets used to the taste of killing people, and it becomes just another chore in her routine.
Her supposed way of living with the Rats is thrown off after the pack is ruthlessly killed. The murderer is the infamous bounty hunter who goes by Leo Bonhart. This is the point in the books when it is properly established that there are a lot of forces working towards capturing Ciri. Like Skellen, Rience, Bonhart. Each for their own beneficial gains. The books portray Ciri as a constant threat looming over her head. After dueling with various parties, Ciri is teleported to the world of the Aen Elle elves. Later, in the final novel in The Witcher saga, The Lady of the Lake, Ciri expresses the story to Sir Galahad.
Another interesting question that poses itself after Season 2 is this. Is Ciri precisely a Witcher? Well, she is, but she’s also not. Cirilla is a particularly exceptional character. And she sees herself as a Witcher. Indeed, Netflix’s The Witcher is slowly developing its narrative for its lead characters, which is why it is too soon to figure out if it will be exactly like the books. But we can assume that Ciri’s primary storyline will intermix with newer, more intense aspects.
In addition, the show will take inspiration from some remarkable elements from The Witcher games. It is also likely that the creators will choose to follow the same ending. This will give Ciri’s overall character a greater depth. And her ultimate destiny will determine the scope of the franchise as a whole.
The Witcher seasons one and two are now available to stream exclusively on Netflix.