Netflix’s second season The Witcher brings in a lot of good material, from the growing relationship between Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) to Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) growing in her magical power. For Geralt and Ciri, in particular, much of their relationship is rooted in him training her to… become a witcher at Kaer Morhen, a key location in the books and Geralt’s childhood home.
Netflix has released a release series of videos address the development of Witcher’s second season, and two focus specifically on the character development of the remaining Witchers and Ciri. After spending the first season of threat after threat, Allan was excited that Ciri was both “navigating what she wants” and finally getting involved in the action.
“It’s very difficult to go straight into sword fighting routines,” recalled Allan. “So I had to train quite a bit.” When it came time to do some real stunt work, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had glowing praise for Allan’s dedication, especially when it came to the obstacle course at Kaer Morhen. “She couldn’t have loved it more… It was unbelievable and terrifying to see Freya get physically beaten so many times.”
While Ciri wants to follow in her surrogate father’s footsteps, he’s not the only Witcher she spends time with throughout the season. Below, the second video throws a spotlight on the other Witchers: Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Coen (Yasen Atour), and Lambert (Paul Bullion). All three are fan favorites from the books and games, but all are arguably outclassed in terms of importance by Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir, Geralt’s own father figure who starred in the animated prequel Nightmare of the Wolf. Vesemir has been leading the remaining Witchers since the events of the film, and Allan says Ciri will begin to respect him as much as Geralt does over the course of the season.
Every winter, the remaining Witchers go to Kaer Morhen because they are “rooted as family” there, in the words of Paul Billion, who plays Lambert. The scarcity of their ranks has only made their bond stronger, something you’ll see throughout the season as they help Ciri train and fight monsters together. “It’s about family and discovering what family means,” continued Bullion. “It’s what the Witchers represent.”
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The family bond is something fans have wanted to see on the show for a while, but the new season has thrown a curveball that not everyone is happy about, and has been asking fans for answers.
When Geralt and Ciri arrive at Kaer Morhen in the second episode, the reunion turns grim when it is revealed that Eskel was infected by a leshen while out hunting. He is then killed by Geralt, something that doesn’t happen often in the books. During the show’s podcast on YouTube, Schmidt Hissrich discussed how the process of Eskel’s grim fate came about. They’d known they always wanted to kill someone, and it was important to make sure it had something to do with Ciri. Regardless of who died, that death was supposed to force Geralt and the other Witchers to realize that her presence here would change things.
Originally, it was supposed to be dead for a brand new character she named “John.” But that death wouldn’t have mattered so it was changed to Eskel to really have an effect on Geralt and urge him to actually train Ciri. “I know there are fans who love Eskel and feel, why would we do that?… But honestly, his death changes everything for Geralt.” Part of the desire to kill Eskel and more Witchers was also to bring home the idea that the Witchers would get caught up in a constantly changing world. “So much of season two is about the fact of ‘Is the Witcher brotherhood over?’… Of course we had to kill more.”
Despite how bleak things are for the organization, Schmidt Hissrich believes Vesemir still has some hope for the future. “There is a history in Vesemir, he is the keeper of the Witcher history… When Ciri and Vesemir walk through the Kaer Morhen lab, we hear his retelling of the death of the Witchers and suddenly why he thinks Ciri is their could be a savior. It’s that kind of optimism that’s very important for Vesemir.”
The second season of The Witcher is now on Netflix.
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