The second season of Netflix’s The Witcher brings plenty of good materials with it, from the rising relationship between Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) to Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) rising into her magical energy. For Geralt and Ciri particularly, plenty of their relationship is rooted in him coaching her to become a Witcher at Kaer Morhen, a key location within the books and Geralt’s childhood residence.
Netflix has been releasing a series of videos going into the event of Witcher’s sophomore season, and two particularly are targeted on the remaining Witchers and Ciri’s character growth. After spending the primary season working from menace after menace, Allan was excited for Ciri to each “navigate what she needs,” and to lastly be concerned within the motion.
“It’s very tough to go straight into swordfighting routines,” Allan recalled. “So I needed to do fairly a bit of coaching.” When it got here time to do precise stunt work, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had glowing reward for Allan’s dedication, significantly when it got here to the impediment course at Kaer Morhen. “She couldn’t have beloved it extra…Watching Freya get knocked bodily off of it so many occasions was fairly unbelievable and terrifying.”
Although Ciri needs to comply with within the footsteps of her surrogate father, he’s not the one Witcher she spends time with all through the season. Beneath, the second video shines a highlight on the opposite Witchers: Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Coen (Yasen Atour), and Lambert (Paul Bullion). All three are fan favorites from the books and video games, however they’re all arguably outclassed when it comes to significance by Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir, Geralt’s personal father determine who starred within the animated prequel Nightmare of the Wolf. Vesemir has been main the remaining Witchers because the occasions of the movie, and Allan says that over the course of the season, Ciri involves respect him as a lot as Geralt does.
Each winter, the remaining Witchers go to Kaer Morhen as a result of it’s the place they “really feel rooted as a household,” within the phrases of Paul Billion, who performs Lambert, . The shortage of their ranks have solely made their bonds with one another develop stronger, one thing you see all through the season as they assist practice Ciri and battle monsters collectively. “It’s about household and exploring what household means,” Bullion continued. “It’s what the Witchers symbolize.”
The household bond is one thing followers have wished to see within the present for a while, however the brand new season has thrown a curve ball that not all are pleased with, and have left followers demanding solutions.
When Geralt and Ciri arrive at Kaer Morhen within the second episode, the reunion turns grim when it’s revealed that Eskel was contaminated by a leshen whereas searching it down. He’s then killed by Geralt, one thing that very a lot doesn’t occur within the books. Talking on the present’s podcast on YouTube, Schmidt Hissrich mentioned how the method of Eskel’s grim destiny got here to be. They’d recognized how they all the time wished to kill somebody, and it was essential to ensure it had one thing to do with Ciri. No matter who died, that demise needed to to drive Geralt and the opposite Witchers to comprehend her presence right here would change issues.
Initially, that demise was going to be for a model new character she known as “John.” However that demise wouldn’t have mattered, so it was modified to Eskel as to essentially have an have an effect on on Geralt and spur him to really practice Ciri. “I do know that there are followers who love Eskel and who really feel like, why would we do this?…However truthfully, his demise is what modifications every little thing for Geralt.” A part of the will to kill off Eskel and extra Witchers was additionally to drive residence the concept of the Witchers being caught up in a consistently altering world. “A lot of season two is concerning the reality of, ‘Is the Witcher brotherhood over?’…In fact we needed to kill extra.”
Regardless of how bleak issues are for the group, Schmidt Hissrich believes that Vesemir nonetheless has some hope for the longer term. “There’s this historical past in Vesemir, he’s the keeper of Witcher historical past…When Ciri and Vesemir are strolling by the Kaer Morhen lab, we hear his retelling of the deaths of the Witchers, and instantly why he thinks Ciri might be their savior. It’s that sort of optimism that’s actually essential to Vesemir.”
The Witcher season two is out now on Netflix.