The Witcher has a posh mythology full of prophecies, monsters, mages, and mutant mercenaries. All of those fantastical components imply that on the planet of The Continent, nothing is outdoors the realms of chance — a reality which additionally applies to fan theories about what comes subsequent in Season 2.
In that spirit, earlier this 12 months we offered showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich with six of the craziest Witcher fan theories we may discover and requested her to weigh in and share her ideas on their viability and the reasonings behind them. So do any of them maintain water? And which principle is predicated purely in a manufacturing mistake? Learn on to seek out out this and extra!
Ciri (Freya Allan) is definitely Geralt’s (Henry Cavill) mom. “Wow. Nope, that simply blows my thoughts. I can not even wrap my head round that one,” Hissrich mentioned in response to this brain-bending fan principle. “I imply, it is humorous as a result of as you step again and you are like, ‘Effectively, she can be succesful…’ However then that simply — it actually makes my thoughts explode.”
And whereas time is a big theme of The Witcher franchise, Hissrich shared that after she labored on The Umbrella Academy‘s first season she instructed herself, “I’ll by no means once more work on a present with time journey as a result of it makes you need to put your head by a wall.” So earlier than you waste your power making an attempt to determine what timey-wimey somersaults the collection must pull off so as to clarify how Ciri may someday give delivery to Geralt, her adoptive father, you may relaxation assured understanding that that is one principle we are able to debunk proper now.
Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) was a witcher. Even though The Witcher‘s first season documented massive parts of Yennefer’s life from her adolescence by the Battle of Sodden, some followers assume there’s nonetheless a giant a part of the sorceress’ previous we now have but to see: her time as a witcher.
“How would that work?” a confused Hissrich puzzled. And it is a good query since not solely wouldn’t it be troublesome to work in a whole interval of her life as a witcher into the timeline we already know, however there’s the added complication of witchers traditionally being an all-male order — no less than till Ciri begins to be educated as one in Season 2. “It is exhausting as a result of, in fact, after you have the books in your head and a lot of witcher lore is about ‘girls cannot be witchers’ and the way does Ciri begin to issue into that? So yeah, that one’s exhausting for me to wrap my head round,” Hissrich mentioned.
Cahir (Eamon Farren) was changed by the Doppler after their battle. In Episode 6, Cahir tussled with a shapeshifter, in any other case often known as a doppler. A well-liked principle means that after this battle, the Cahir we see within the present is not really the Nilfgaardian soldier however the doppler who stole his identification. “Ooh, that is fascinating. I need to hold that one in my again pocket for some time,” Hissrich teased.
“It’s a enjoyable concept. It’s,” she continued. “That is a kind of scenes that within the enhancing room, we had been like, how are we going to inform the distinction between the doppler and Cahir? And on the finish, you actually do not care. You understand, like they’re combating, they’re simply two males scrapping. As a result of we had, like, put a minimize on one’s cheek or one all the time has this. However the concept is, when one among them races out, you need to hold in and go like, ‘I do not know which one simply ran away.’ So I like that one.”
Ciri’s prophecy predicted local weather change. When Ciri’s powers overwhelmed her in Episode 7, she shared the next cryptic prophecy: “Verily, I say unto you the period of the sword and the ax is nigh, the period of the Wolf’s Blizzard. The Time of the White Chill and the White Gentle is nigh, the Time of Insanity and the Time of Contempt.”
These references to blizzards and chills led some to suspect that one of many risks Ciri’s predicting is world warming. “So I learn this one too,” Hissrich mentioned. “And I imply, like all fantasy … you may see it as an analogy for something that is taking place in our world proper now. One of the best fantasy … is type of like horoscopes; you need to have the ability to learn them and apply them to your self.”
Hissrich continued, saying that they did not essentially discuss local weather change within the writers’ room whereas crafting the primary season, however that it would not be out of the query for Witcher writer Andrzej Sapkowski to have infused the supply materials along with his personal beliefs and issues. “I feel lots of him is in these books, clearly, and lots of his politics,” Hissrich mentioned. “It is so humorous to me when individuals discuss not inserting politics into The Witcher. It is like The Witcher is essentially the most political collection that I’ve ever learn. I do not agree with all of it, however I do agree with a few of it. And I feel Sapkowski in all probability has much more of his beliefs in there than we realized too.”
Jaskier (Joey Batey) is not human and that is why he does not appear to age. The primary season of The Witcher coated an expansive period of time, however since Geralt is a witcher and Yennefer a sorceress, their powers clarify why they by no means confirmed the years passing by. Jaskier, nonetheless, additionally did not age all through the primary season, so may that imply he is additionally greater than human?
“No, that was only a mistake,” Hissrich mentioned with amusing. “Now we have this monumental timeline in our writers’ room that takes up, like, two whiteboards and it is how we laid out the tales from Season 1, form of monitoring to be sure that everybody suits in. Jaskier was all the time the outlier as a result of Jaskier would have aged quite a bit in that season. No, he simply had nice genes, you already know, clearly,” she quipped.
Ciri will use her powers to gas Aretuza so they’ll not want to show ladies into eels. The primary season revealed that an unlucky collection of Aretuza college students annually are sacrificed for the varsity, with Tissaia (MyAnna Buring) turning them into eels. This reveal, which wasn’t within the books, was divisive amongst followers, which could clarify this principle, per Hissrich. “You understand, that principle comes from individuals who hate the eels. ‘Allow us to by no means see the eels once more!'” Hissrich mentioned earlier than noting she’s personally a fan of them.
“That got here from the mind of Jenny Klein, one of many writers,” Hissrich mentioned of the eels’ origin. “You understand, I’ve two youngsters. They’re big followers of Harry Potter. So I’ve learn, seen, finished all the things about magic education. And it was like, what’s completely different about Aretuza? How will we not make it simply develop into this lovely place the place you go and also you get powers and also you get something you need, as a result of that takes battle out of it. So it was enjoyable to form of watch all of those younger girls come collectively and be part of and really feel like, ‘Oh, that is our household.’ After which a few of them are, as we mentioned within the room, eels on the finish.”
The Witcher is accessible to stream on Netflix.