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What Was The True Fate Of Ciri’s Mother In Netflix’s The Witcher

By Soniya Hinduja
December 25,2021

Following the events of its recent season, is it possible that Pavetta, Ciri’s mother, is still alive in Netflix’s The Witcher? Freya Allan’s Princess Cirilla of Cintra, fondly known as Ciri to all, comes of age on The Witcher Season 2. The new season focuses on the physical presence of the character. She trains in the art of combat under Geralt and other Witchers at Kaer Morhen. They eventually understand the true nature of her magical powers, her Chaos.

Ciri has elder Blood running in her veins. Her powers have been passed down through the female lineage of an incredibly potent brand of genetically-enhanced elves. The gene lay dormant in Ciri’s grandmother, Queen Calanthe, which is why most people remained unaware of it. However, it manifested in the crown princess’s great-grandmother and her mother, Princess Pavetta. And now, Ciri is flourishing in the wake of the Elder Blood’s powers. Thus realizing to be Lara Dorren’s child of prophecy.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Witcher Season 2

Emhyr is still alive, but what about Pavetta?

Princess Cirilla was raised in Cintra by Queen Calanthe. Ever since she could remember, she believed her parents to have died when she was a baby. But The Witcher Season 2 dives in a different direction to reveal otherwise. The show’s finale episode uncovers the true identity of Nilfgaard’s dictator, Emhyr var Emreis, known frighteningly as the White Flame. Emhyr is Ciri’s father. The character first appeared on screen in The Witcher Season 1 as “Duny”. Duny was kind and meek, enough to melt Geralt’s, icy heart. But Emhyr is ruthless as the influential leader in the south. The ruler of Nilfgaard would not even blink before sinking low to ethical debauchery just as long as he reunites with his daughter.   

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Pavetta and Duny in Ciri’s vision in The Witcher Season 2

The fact that Emhyr survived gives us grounds enough to question whether Ciri’s mother is still alive. Both of Ciri’s parents died the same night. But if her father managed to survive, is it possible that somewhere out there, Pavetta is alive too? But for a bunch of reasons, this is not likely. Firstly, The Witcher Season 2’s narrative of the formidable White Flame is precisely like the one in Andrzej Sapkowski’s books.

Meanwhile, Pavetta dies in the books. There is no hidden story there. Netflix’s adaptation most certainly will not mess with this plot twist, which is why audiences must not expect Ciri’s mother to show up unannounced at any point in the show.  

Also Read: What Lies Ahead In Ciri’s Destiny Following The Witcher Season 2

An important clue suggesting Duny survived 

There is a significant hint that The Witcher Season 2’s finale episode, appropriately titled “Family”, drops in this respect. After The Deathless Mother possesses ciri’s physical form, the episode shows Ciri stuck in a confusing delusional mental state. There, she envisions a world, back in the palace of Cintra, where her parents are still alive. However, Geralt and Yennefer manage to shake her out of the illusion, and the fantasy realm shatters. All her family members who were supposed to have died, namely Queen Calanthe, Mousesack and Pavetta, slowly turn to dust, the same way Thanos’ finger snap did in the MCU.

Interestingly enough, the fantastical projection of Ciri’s father, Duny, never even flickers. He remains whole even as Ciri snaps out of the illusion. This subtle visual clue suggests Emhyr’s The Witcher Season 2 survival. It is also possible that Ciri knows that her father is alive somewhere in her subconscious. Towards the end of the episode, when Geralt ponders over how Nilfgaard knew of her worth before anyone else, Ciri’s expression shifts. This means that Ciri is aware that one of her parents is still breathing or at least has her doubts.   

Ciri’s mother’s death and her influence on the story’s future

Ciri’s mother died, but her father stayed on to become Nilfgaard’s ruler is a questionable turn of events. All her life, Ciri thought that her parents drowned together. But if Emhyr is out there, what happened the night her parents fled Cintra. What is the true story of the fateful voyage? Did Emhyr wash ashore by chance, or was it a ploy all along?

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Duny in The Witcher Season 1

The character of “Duny” was an antagonist. But that never fleshed out in The Witcher Season 1, which means that Pavetta could have been misled to her fall. Or perhaps, it was the brutal death of his wife that transformed Duny into a ruthless fearsome villain in Season 2. The While Flame has finally arrived at Xin’trea to handle things independently. So it will not be long before he reunites with his daughter Ciri. And together, they uncover the whole story.  

Of course, Ciri’ssmother indeed died in The Witcher’sscurrent storyline. However, Pavetta may have a certain hold over the story’ssfuture. Triss excellently displayed that Ciri possesses the ability to rummage through lost genetic memories. It was how the two came across witnessing Lara Dorren’ssfinal moments. They even saw the night when Ciri’ssparents fled Cintra and supposedly drowned on the voyage. What is surprising is that in her memories, the people interact with Ciri. And as Ciri’ssneed to know the truth intensifies, her memories might be the path leading towards realizing the truth. But that’s for The Witcher Season 3.

The Witcher Season one and two are now streaming exclusively on Netflix.