The second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, as we all know, will show us Geralt’s family in Kaer Morhen in the form of his fellow witchers. As it was announced earlier last year, Kim Bodnia, Paul Bullion, Basil Eidenbenz and Yasen Atour would be joining Henry Cavill‘s Geralt of Rivia as Vesemir, Lambert, Eskel and Coën respectively. And while all that sounds lovely, we found out something alarming about the Kaer Morhen storyline.
If you don’t want to know any spoilers for season two, don’t read further. Seriously, even if you have read the books. Major spoilers below:
Back in October 2020 we reported that at the Hodge Close Quarry The Witcher filmed a scene with at least Henry Cavill (Geralt), Paul Bullion (Lambert) and wolves or a wolf. We also mentioned that the wolf appeared to be eating a corpse. We didn’t think of it much back then, but we contacted the source again very recently and they were able to reveal more about the scene.
That corpse is Eskel, played by Basil Eidenbenz. Somehow in the second season of The Witcher Eskel dies and as a funeral ceremony his body is fed to the wolves, likely something symbolic since he was from the School of the Wolf.
This raises a lot of questions. How does Eskel die? We did report several times on a major action scene taking place in Kaer Morhen that involves Geralt, Ciri, Vesemir, Eskel, Lambert, Coën and more. We also recall that a long while ago we reported that a witcher would have an encounter with a leshy and that encounter would bear “serious consequences”.
We aren’t stating anything about the exact circumstances of Eskel’s death here, we don’t know all the facts and all of the context in which his death occurs, but if we put two and two together, it appears that these “serious consequences” that our early sources meant were our poor Eskel getting killed by the leshy during this major encounter.
Another question is: why would Eskel need to be killed off in the first place? That never happens in the books and Ciri’s memories of Kaer Morhen are always fond ones, not sullied by such grim events. We’ll probably find out the answer to this question from interviews and AMAs by the writing staff later this year when Season 2 is finally released.
Last question that at least popped in our heads: if this is the funeral ceremony among witchers in the Netflix version of The Continent, what does the School of the Cat do?
In any case, the second season of The Witcher is currently in production at the highly secure Arborfield Studios and is expected to wrap sometime in March.