The Witcher geralt Geralt of Rivia on the new Season 2 Finale, New Villains, and the “Blood Origin” Prequel
If you haven’t seen all eight episodes of Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher geralt ,” don’t read.
Ciri (Freya Allan) becomes the No. 1 target in the Continent thanks to her mysterious, reality-jumping abilities, and the ending of “The Witcher” Season 2 introduces a legion of new antagonists who are all hunting her down. Fortunately, she’ll be protected by Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), who have reunited and appear to have buried the hatchet, as well as their simmering romance, following Yennefer’s betrayal — at least for the time being.
The emperor of Nilfgaard, also known as the White Flame, Emhyr var Emreis (Bart Edwards), who turns out to be Ciri’s own father, previously known as Duny, was revealed in the final shot. In Season 3, he’ll be up against Redanian spymaster Sigismund Dijkstra (Graham McTavish) and shape-shifting sorceress Philippa Eilhart in his search for his daughter (Cassie Clare). The Wild Hunt, a mythical team of apocalyptic horsemen, and the ancient witch Voleth Meir, a.k.a. the Deathless Mother, who possessed Ciri and corrupted the minds of Yennefer and Fringilla, were also encountered by Ciri, Geralt, and Yennefer (Mimi Ndiweni).
Season 3 will hopefully not be as long a wait as the COVID-delayed Season 2, and in the meantime, the prequel series “The Witcher: Blood Origin” and an upcoming kid-friendly spinoff should keep fans entertained.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner of “The Witcher,” discusses the new villains, spinoffs, and the future of Geralt and Yennefer’s relationship.
Who, out of all the new antagonists, poses the greatest threat in the future?
Emhyr is without a doubt my choice. He had to be the most constant threat to all of our characters at all times. At the end of this season, we made a big decision to reveal that Emhyr is Ciri’s father, which isn’t revealed in the books until much later. He is the main, overarching threat in the entire book series, and his identity is kept hidden in the books for a long time because you don’t have to see him. We debated delaying it any longer, but we knew that if we didn’t start introducing him as a real person, the threat he posed would fade. “This guy isn’t going anywhere,” we said to the audience when we made that decision. As time goes on, he’ll grow in size and become more dangerous.”
Throughout the season, other major characters from Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series are introduced. How did you decide who to bring in earlier and who to save for the end?
We didn’t want Episode 8 to become a big melting pot of all new characters, so we made sure we weren’t repeating the same reveal. Philippa Eilhart is unique in that we debated whether or not to show her in her human form this season. When we cast Cassie Clare, we thought it would be a great way to show that this owl that’s been flying around is going to grow into a much bigger character, especially for viewers who aren’t as familiar with the books and lore. Codringher [Simon Callow] and Fenn [Liz Carr], two detectives who are solving mysterious cases across the Continent, are another intriguing character this season. I’m completely smitten with these characters. They give the show a completely different tone. They remind me of [Statler and Waldorf] in “The Muppets” balcony. They’re snippy with each other and everyone else who comes in, and they’re also a little sneaky. I thought it was great to introduce them this season in a smaller storey with Istredd [Royce Pierreson], so that by the time we see them with Geralt in Season 3, we know how important they are.
Is Jaskier the bard mentioned by Dijkstra in his final scene? Is his relationship with Geralt so strained that Jaskier would betray him?
Jaskier [Joey Batey] is, without a doubt, the bard that Dijkstra is referring to. We learn early on in Jaskier’s storey that he is assisting elves and has a mysterious benefactor, but he has no idea who is pulling the strings that allow him to do so. Dijkstra is going to owe Jaskier a favour now. We wanted Geralt to take something away from this season. At the hands of Yennefer, he suffers the ultimate betrayal. In Season 3, his head will be a little more on a swivel, ensuring that the family around him is made up of the people he wants.
What can we expect from Yennefer and Geralt’s new romance in the future?
I’ve always maintained that the show’s premise is based on family. What I like about this season is that Geralt and Yennefer agree at the end that they are the right balance for Ciri. They both have to be a part of her life in the future. Yennefer is in charge of the magical side, while Geralt is in charge of the physical training. Only by working together will they be able to protect her, keep her safe, and teach her how to defend herself. People will be enthralled by the fact that they must confront each other with the truth. There’s been a huge breach of trust, but we’ll be there to witness Yen and Geralt’s journey to trust each other, just as we saw Geralt and Ciri bond at the start of Season 2 and learn to trust each other.
Witches, on the whole, prefer to stay out of the world’s politics. Will Geralt be pushed even deeper into it in Season 3?
Absolutely. Geralt is a witcher who doesn’t want to be involved in anything else, which is one of the main themes of the books that we love and are starting to see unfold in the series. He doesn’t want to be involved with other people because it exposes him to vulnerability and different emotional levels with which he is uncomfortable. In Season 2, we start to see that outer shell crack a little. This is something that will continue to happen. Geralt will begin to struggle with the concept of neutrality in Season 3. What happens when the people he cares about are put in jeopardy, and how does he react?
How did you come up with the idea for Voleth Meir to be a powerful, Baba Yaga-like figure?
Sapkowski draws on mythology and fairytales from all over the world in his books. We thought it would be interesting to find a mythological monster that appears in almost every culture, and Baba Yaga is one of them. It was never our intention for her to be the season’s overarching monster. She was first introduced in Episode 2, and she was going to be the monster that Yennefer had to deal with. We began to wonder if we could use this character for more than just interacting with Yennefer, but also as a part of Ciri’s abilities and the mystery that Geralt is unravelling. We suddenly realised she might be the conduit through which all of these characters begin to collide.
Will Voleth Meir appear in “The Witcher: Blood Origin” because the prequel is set thousands of years in the past?
We considered continuing Voleth Meir’s storey, but not in that manner. One of the things we thought would be cool in the end was to link her to the concept of the Wild Hunt, which is made up of elves trapped between spheres. In some ways, the lore from “Blood Origin” will begin to connect with this, allowing us to understand how people became trapped between spheres and how Eredin and the Wild Hunt came to be. We’ve discussed bringing her back in the future, as the Wild Hunt grows in importance throughout the series. As a result, I believe we’ll see her again.
How much of “Blood Origin” will be required viewing in order to fully comprehend the main “Witcher” series?
We try to make our spinoffs so that you don’t need to watch them to figure out what’s going on. But we also wanted to thank those who did watch. For example, there are a lot of things in Season 2 that start to set up “Blood Origin,” but you won’t realise it because you won’t know how those things will play out when you watch it. You’ll see little Easter eggs in “Blood Origin” — not just in dialogue, but also in visual Easter eggs.
What can fans expect from the upcoming “Witcher” spinoff aimed at children? Is there going to be any bloodshed or violence?
It won’t be a show with no blood or violence because that would be untrue to the “Witcher” universe. I understand that “The Witcher” is not intended for children, and the mothership of “The Witcher” will never be appropriate for children. We have no intention of changing it into something more family-friendly; it will remain as is. When I was talking to my kids about the show and why they couldn’t watch it, I kept wishing for something that would open up the same morality tales that “The Witcher” did. Sapkowski is a fairytale author. There are so many allusions in his stories — “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” is the first episode of Season 2; literally “Beauty and the Beast” is the second episode. My children enjoy fairytales, so how do we adapt the world of “The Witcher” and these morality tales for children? Kids are much smarter — probably more than we want them to be — and they’re ready to look at some of the more difficult decisions that characters in the “Witcher” world must make. There will undoubtedly be some tense moments, but I believe we will continue to do what Sapkowski did and try to lean in the direction of optimism. It’s something I’m really looking forward to, if only because it means I’ll be able to finally share this crazy world with my family.
Geralt of Rivia was a legendary School of the Wolf witcher who lived in the 13th century. He adored the sorceress Yennefer, whom he considered the love of his life despite their rocky relationship, and adopted Ciri.
Geralt showed an unusual tolerance for the mutagens that grant witchers their abilities during the Trial of the Grasses. As a result, Geralt was given more experimental mutagens, which turned his hair white and gave him greater speed, strength, and stamina than his fellow witchers.
Geralt did not come from the city of Rivia, despite his title. Visenna abandoned him to the witchers when he was a child, and he grew up in their keep of Kaer Morhen in the realm of Kaedwen. Master Vesemir encouraged young witchers to make up surnames for themselves in order to appear more trustworthy to potential clients. “Geralt Roger Eric du Haute-Bellegarde” was Geralt’s first choice, but Vesemir dismissed it as silly and pretentious, so “Geralt” was all that remained of his chosen name. “Of Rivia” was a more practical option, and Geralt even went so far as to adopt a Rivian accent to make himself appear more genuine. Later, Queen Meve of Lyria knighted him for his bravery in the Battle of the Yaruga Bridge, bestowing the formal title “of Rivia” on him, which he enjoyed. As a result, he earned the title of true knight.
Geralt was the son of Visenna, the sorceress, and presumably, Korin, the warrior. His mother abandoned him at the School of the Wolf in Kaer Morhen’s stronghold shortly after his birth. Geralt was created and trained to be a Witcher there.
He was subjected to the Trial of The Grasses as a child, and he managed to survive the numerous blistering mutations required to grant Witcher’s abilities. Geralt was chosen for further experimental mutations after demonstrating unusual tolerance. These mutations gave him significantly greater strength, speed, endurance, resilience, healing, senses, complete immunity to diseases and conventional poisons, and extreme pain resistance. As a result, his hair turned white, earning him the moniker “White Wolf.”
Geralt was mentored by Vesemir, whom he grew to regard as a father figure. He quickly became friends with his fellow classmate Eskel, and the two became as close as brothers. They once caught and tied a large forest bumblebee to a jug. The two laughed at the creature’s antics until Vesemir discovered them and punished them with a leather strap.