A new poster for Netflix’s The Witcher season 2 shows Geralt and Ciri approaching Kaer Morhen, the fortress where witchers are trained.
A new poster for Netflix’s The Witcher season 2 shows Geralt and Ciri approaching Kaer Morhen. Based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher premiered in December 2019 as one of the streaming service’s biggest first seasons of television ever. The series deviated from its source material in one major way: it uses three timelines to introduce Henry Cavill’s Geralt (the mutated monster-hunting “Witcher”), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan)—something that doesn’t necessarily become clear until Ciri becomes Geralt’s child of surprise in episode 4.
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At the end of season 1, the three main characters’ paths converge, with Geralt finally finding Ciri. Season 2’s narrative will be more linear as the pair come to terms with their shared destiny, taking them to a significant place in The Witcher universe: Kaer Morhen. Presumably, the second season will adapt Sapkowski’s Blood of Elves, which follows Geralt and Ciri at the old fortress where witchers of the School of the Wolf are trained. The biggest casting announcements have been that of Geralt’s mentor/father figure, Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), and a slew of fellow monster hunters will be included. As alluded to in the series pilot, women don’t train to become witchers as they don’t normally survive the Trail of Dreams (something only three out of ten men survive).
Netflix announced The Witcher season 2 premiere date, December 17, 2021, during WitcherCon and shared a poster showing Geralt and Ciri approaching Kaer Morhen. The characters are dressed in clothes similar to what they wore in the first season. Check it out below:
As seen in The Witcher season 2 trailer, not only will Ciri not be wearing dresses like in the first season, but she won’t be an untrained princess once she reaches Kaer Morhen. In the books, despite never enduring the Trail of Dreams and officially becoming a Witcher, Ciri is trained at Kaer Morhen; Vesemir teaches her about monsters and herbs, Lambert (Paul Bullion) and Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz) train her in the art of combat, and Coën (Yasen Atour) trains her in sword combat. However, give The Witcher has already experimented with its source material, the writers might decide to make her a full-fledged mutated monster hunter. Regardless, Ciri has been grappling with her own unique set of powers since the first season.
Following a production hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, filming for The Witcher resumed in September. Fans of the books, video game series, and show have waited two years for season 2, and it looks to deliver more than just Kaer Morhen. The old keep can only be reached by “The Witchers Trail” aka “The Killer” as it’s an extremely dangerous road plagued by mages and priests who view witchers as abominations and kill witchers-to-be and/or teachers. This road is also where Geralt’s mother, the sorceress Visenna, gave him to Vesemir. The first episode(s) of season 2 should see Geralt and Ciri on this road, fighting to survive and reliving the former’s past. Kaer Morhen was always an inevitable location for the series, and no one can wait to get there.
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