The second season of Netflix The Witcher brings a lot of good material with him, from the growing connection between Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) to Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) who grows into her magical power. For Geralt and Ciri in particular, much of their relationship is rooted in the fact that he trained her for it become a witch in Kaer Morhen, a key location in the books and Geralt’s childhood home.
Netflix has released a a series of videos goes into development Witcher’s the second season, and two are particularly focused on the remaining Witches and the development of Cyrus ’character. After spending his first season running from threat to threat, Allan was excited that Ciri would both “find what he wants” and finally be involved in the action.
“It’s very difficult to get into fencing routines directly,” Allan recalled. “So I had to train a lot.” When it came time for real stunt work, show host Lauren Schmidt Hissrich received great praise for Allan’s dedication, especially when it comes to the obstacle course at Kaer Morhen. “She couldn’t love it anymore … Watching Freya physically kicked out of it so many times was pretty amazing and terrifying.”
Although Ciri wants to follow in the footsteps of her surrogate father, he’s not the only Witcher he spends time with all season. Below, another video highlights other witches: Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Coen (Yasen Atour) and Lambert (Paul Bullion). All three are fan favorites from books and games, but all are undoubtedly declassified in terms of importance by Vesemir Kim Bodnie, Geralt’s father. who starred in the animated prequel A wolf’s nightmare. Vesemir leads the remaining Witches from the events in the film, and Allan says that Ciri begins to respect him as much as Geralt during the season.
Every winter, the remaining Wizards go to Kaer Morhen because they “feel rooted as a family” there, according to Paul Billion, who plays Lambert. The lack of their ranks has only strengthened their bonds, something you see throughout the season as they help train Ciri and fight monsters together. “It’s about family and researching what family means,” Bullion continued. “That’s what Witches represent.”
Family ties are something fans have wanted to see on the show for some time, but the new season has thrown a curve that not everyone is happy with and left fans looking for answers.
When Geralt and Ciri arrive in Kaer Morhen in the second episode, the reunion becomes dark when it is revealed that Eskel was infected with a corpse while hunting it. He is then killed Geralt, something that often doesn’t happen in books. Speaking in a podcast of the show on YouTube, Schmidt Hissrich discussed how the process of Eskel’s dark destiny came about. They knew they always wanted to kill someone and it was important to check if it had anything to do with Ciri. No matter who died, that death had to forcing Geralt and the other Witches to realize her presence here would change things.
Originally, that death was supposed to be for a brand new character she named “John”. But that death wouldn’t matter, so it isalso changed to Esquel to really influence Geralt and encourage him to really train Ciri. “I know there are fans who love Esquel and who think, why would we do that? … But honestly, his death is what changes everything for Geralt.” Part of the desire to kill Eskel and more witches was also to bring home the idea that Witches are trapped in an ever-changing world. “So much in the second season speaks to the fact, ‘Is the Brotherhood of Witches over?’ … Of course we had to kill more.”
Despite how gloomy things are for the organization, Schmidt Hissrich believes that Vesemir still has hope for the future. “There is this history in Vesemir, he is the keeper of the history of the Witches … When Ciri and Vesemir walk through the Kaer Morhen laboratory, we hear his retelling of the Witches’ death, and suddenly why he thinks Ciri could be their savior. That kind of optimism is really important to the universe. ”
The Witcher the second season is now out on Netflix.
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