The old fortress of Kaer Morhen has been the primary focus and talking point when it comes to The Witcher‘s marketing for Season 2, even more amplified by Nightmare of the Wolf, which saw a younger Vesemir. But Kaer Morhen’s role in Season 2 will be much bigger than expected.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Our sources told us that after various adventures in Ellander and the Temple of Melitele, Cintra and other places, our Witcher gang including Geralt, Ciri, Jaskier and potentially Yennefer will return to Kaer Morhen by the last few episodes of the season and a major fight sequence ensues there in the hall.
First big fight at Kaer Morhen
The first fight scene is one we have already talked about: the one that features Eskel and a leshy in a major way and at the end of which Eskel is, unfortunately, dead. Based on various pieces of info, something very physical happens to Eskel since the first Eskel actor, Thue Rasmussen, required a full body cast in preparation. That is 100% not for his facial scars as those would need makeup, not a full prosthetic body cast.
Based on that and the logo for the episode that depicts a hybrid of a Wolf and presumably a leshy, we believe Eskel may not be entirely himself by the end, but perhaps “taken” by the leshy after which he does not survive.
This happens in the second episode of Season 2, during Ciri’s first stay at Kaer Morhen. It also involves Danica from Season 1 and several other sex workers including one named Aylne. Aylne, played by Emily Byrt, as far as we can tell, will be Eskel’s “choice”.
Second big fight at Kaer Morhen
Our info on the second major fight sequence is much less detailed, but we can at least place its time. This happens by the few last episodes of the season and Eskel is long gone by then.
Geralt, Ciri, Jaskier and the gang have returned to Kaer Morhen after their adventures at Cintra, Ellander and elsewhere.
What are they fighting? We aren’t sure either, but it must be quite big since we saw some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the fight with a big green puppet and Jaskier hiding under a table.
Why not stay at Ellander and return to Kaer Morhen?
In the books, things are very straightforward: Ciri stays at Kaer Morhen for a while and after Triss realizes she doesn’t have enough magical experience to train the girl, Ciri is then transported to Ellander, to Nenneke at the Temple of Melitele. Then Yennefer arrives, takes care of Ciri, then decides to take her to Aretuza as Ellander wouldn’t be enough for the young girl’s training.
Those parts of Blood of Elves are some of the best in the entire saga and it looks like that some of it may be trimmed down as based on all we know, Ciri’s stay at Ellander doesn’t seem to be very long.
The possible reason why Ciri can’t stay at the temple in the Netflix version is most likely Rience, who attacks it with the Michelet brothers. Geralt naturally fights them off and perhaps judges the place unsafe for Ciri.
As you can see below, Rience is in the middle with four Michelet brothers: Toublanc, Ludovico, Rizzi and Flavius, although they will probably not be named individually just like Renfri’s gang.
Is there a chance for a return to Ellander?
The chance is certainly there as we know the story trajectory from the books. Season 2 will be the season of Ciri being mainly with Geralt, so perhaps Season 3 will be the season where Ciri is primarily with Yennefer.
But what we feel might happen, and this is purely Season 3 speculation, is similar to the lack of Sword of Destiny in the series. It was heavily trimmed down and altered in Season 1, but Season 2 is on track to make up for the lost Geralt/Ciri content and even incorporate some of Sword of Destiny dialogues in Season 2.
Similarly, a lot of Yennefer/Ciri dialogues and training may be lifted from Ellander and inserted into the storyline where Yennefer brings Ciri to Aretuza.
The Witcher Season 2 is fast approaching on December 17, 2021 and we are excited to share more detailed analysis in the coming days.