With The Witcher season one behind us, fans are already craving the show’s second season. Though season two is only launching in 2021, the books have been published for three decades, giving us more than a clue at where the story is headed. If you have not yet seen season one, there will be MAJOR SEASON ONE SPOILERS ahead, so be careful. If you have, don’t worry, we will not spoil anything significant from season two for those who have not read the books. Instead, we’ll tease where the story is headed.
With the Northern armies defeating Nilfgaard at the Battle of Sodden Hill and Geralt and Ciri finally united, season one has (mostly) wrapped up the short story collections The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny. The next book in the saga is Blood of Elves, which establishes key relationships and dives further into the politics of the Continent.
The Witchers of Kaer Morhern
In the season finale, “Much More”, Geralt (Henry Cavill) tells the merchant Yurga that he is headed back to the witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen. This was before he was wounded in a fighting ghouls and before he met Ciri (Freya Allan).
In Blood of Elves, Geralt takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen. There, we are introduced to Geralt’s fellow witchers Vesemir, Lambert, Eskel, and Coën. The first three are well known to those who’ve played the video game trilogy, while the fourth has a memorable role later in the books. It’s not yet confirmed that season two will introduce these characters, but it’s very likely that at least some of them will appear.
What can we expect from Kaer Morhen? The relationship between Geralt and Vesemir is quite important and was already set up in flashbacks in the season one finale. Vesemir is a father figure to Geralt, and it was him who trained Geralt to become a witcher when he was a young boy. It’s possible this will be further explored in flashbacks.
More importantly, however, is Kaer Morhen’s role in Ciri’s story. As the novels progress, Ciri becomes more and more of a badass, and the witcher’s keep is where her journey truly begins.
We can also expect the old stronghold to be visited by the sorceress Triss Merrigold (Anna Shaffer). In the books, she helps Geralt tutor his child of surprise throughout the winter, and Ciri and Triss become as close as sisters. As for Geralt and Triss, it’s possible that their brief romance (only mentioned in passing in the books) will be explored as well, but only time will tell.
Return of the Mages
The first season ended with an important question: “who is Yennefer?”, but the question on everyone’s mind is quite different: “where is Yennefer?”. At the end of season one, the sorceress (played by Anya Chalotra) unleashed her chaos at Sodden Hill with a wave of torrential fire, but there is a cost to magic this powerful. Once the dust settles, Yennefer’s tutor and mother figure Tissaia (MyAnna Buring) finds no trace of her.
But is Yennefer really dead and gone? Let’s just say, we doubt this is the last we’ve seen of this sorceress.
Mage politics play a major role in the novels, especially from Time of Contempt and onwards. The series has already introduced us to Tissaia, Sabrina, Fringilla, Triss, Stregobor, Artorius and Vilgefortz (all of which are expected to return), but Blood of Elves introduces several new mages as well.
One important sorceress The Witcher may introduce in season two is Francesca Findabair, also known as Enid an Gleanna. Francesca, a pureblood Aen Seidhe elf, is a powerful sorceress and commonly described as the most beautiful woman in the world. She plays an important political role over the course of the novels.
Another notable sorceress is Philippa Eilhart, the court-witch of Redania’s King Vizimir. Philippa is one of the most powerful and influential mages in the books, and fans are excited to see her enter the fray. Being one of the few sorceresses able to polymorph, she often takes the shape of an owl. When she is not navigating political intrigue she prefers the company of women. And, speaking of Redania…
As previously mentioned, Blood of Elves delves deep into the politics of the Northern Realms. One of the focal points of the political storyline is the Redanian spymaster Sigismund Dijkstra. A resident of the city of Oxenfurt and a proud patriot, Dijkstra controls the unparalleled Redanian Intelligence service. He knows everything about everyone, or at least everyone that matters. Dijkstra has an interesting relationship with the sorceress Philippa Eilhart. Though he is quite visibly in love with her, she is not at all interested. In a way, she is his weak spot.
Though the pair have a complicated relationship behind the scenes, they operate together in service of King Vizimir of Redania. Together, they are a formidable force, and quite possibly the most influential political entity in the Northern Realms.
Other than Vizimir, we are expecting to see King Foltest of Temeria return in season two alongside a few new additions. In Blood of Elves, we are introduced to King Henselt of Kaedwen, King Demavend of Aedirn and the fierce Queen Meve of Rivia and Lyria. In the book, they all appear in one memorable scene which we hope to see adapted in season two.
Rise of the Non-humans
The Witcher‘s Continent is ruled by humans, but it was not always this way. Before them, elves ruled most of the Continent, alongside dwarves and gnomes. When the humans arrived, they conquered non-human lands and drove the other races to the forests and the mountains. The few who chose to live among humans suffered constant prejudice, and even occasional violence. Needless to say, the non-human species in The Witcher‘s world harbor great resentment towards humanity, and that resentment comes to the forefront in Blood of Elves.
No longer fighting isolated struggles, the non-humans of the Continent band together to form militaristic rebel commandos called the Scoia’tael, or “Squirrels”. The seeds of rebellion have already been planted in The Witcher‘s first season, with the introduction of characters such as Filavandrel, Toruviel, Chireadan and Yarpen Zigrin.
In the books, Filavandrel (played by Tom Canton) joins elven sorceress Francesca Findabair in leadership of the elves and the Scoia’tael, though she is the one who holds the true power. Whether we will see Francesca in season two is yet to be determined, but it seems like a safe bet. On the opposite side, the dwarf Yarpen Zigrin (played by Jeremy Crawford) also plays a significant role in the novel. Yarpen believes the Scoia’tael are in the wrong, and that they will only bring more suffering on the non-humans. He believes the non-humans should learn to live among the humans (difficult though it may be). Should season two follow the books closely, we expect to see Yarpen interact with Geralt and Ciri.
Beauty and the Beast
Though the first season of the show has covered most of the short stories from The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, there remain a number that were not adapted in these first eight episodes. Until recently, it was unknown if more short stories will be adapted for season two. Redanian Intelligence has since shared a report which confirms the inclusion of one short story: A Grain of Truth.
A parody of the classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast” this short story invites Geralt into the overgrown, seemingly abandoned mansion of Nivellen, a man cursed to become a monster. But this monster is not what he seems.
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The Temple of Melitele
Another important location in Blood of Elves which fans are hoping to see is the Temple of Melitele. Though the Temple was heavily featured in the framing story of the collection titled The Last Wish, it was not incorporated in the first season.
In the books, Geralt spends some time in the temple while healing from the wounds dealt to him in his fight with the striga (which we saw in episode three). There, Geralt is equally scolded and caressed by Mother Nenneke, an old acquaintance and the High Priestess of Melitele. The next time the temple appears is in Blood of Elves, and the show’s two main female characters (Yennefer and Ciri) get to spend some time there together.
It’s too early to tell if this will happen in the show or not, as season one has made quite a few changes to the source material and left Yennefer’s fate up in the air. That said, the show has already hinted at the temple’s possible inclusion in the first season. After Geralt dispatches the striga in episode three, Triss explains that the striga-turned-princess was sent to there to heal under the tutelage of the priestesses. It is possible that Ciri will meet a slightly older Adda in the next season and interact with a fellow princess.
With season two slated to begin production on February, it’ll be more than a year before it finally releases on Netflix. But fear not, as February approaches, the casting season is about to begin. For a recap of everything we know so far about season two, check out the article below.