With so many shows to watch and so little time, it’s hard to catch up on shows like The Witcher. But what if you still want to know what happened in season 2 of the Netflix series? Being the curious kind, we’ve put together 7 major plot points from the season 2 finale of The Witcher. And after each ending explained section, we’ve put a little speculation as to what is going to happen in season 3 and beyond when it comes to Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), Ciri (Freya Allan), and Jaskier (Joey Batey).
1. Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri are in this together
After getting rid of the Deathless Mother, Yennefer and Geralt have a conversation about the future. Yennefer basically expresses how sorry she is and how she’d like to start again. Geralt basically responds with not being able to forgive her. But that’s not the end of their story. They’ve always needed something more to keep them together. And that something more is Ciri. So they agree to go at this together, helping Ciri as best as they can to prepare her for the world and those that would come after her.
This doesn’t mark the end of Yennefer and Geralt. If anything, it’s a new beginning built on an understanding that fate, random meetings, or a jiin’s wish aren’t what should keep them together. It should be about the hard work they put into their relationship that defines them. So maybe they’re not ready to become lovers again. But they are ready to basically become parents to a young woman who needs them. And if anything, that makes for a start built on trust for the person they see as the most precious in their lives. That matters.
As for Ciri, she’s accepted that Geralt is the father figure she’s always wanted. And even though she is still hesitant of Yennefer, the latter sacrificed herself for her. Plus Geralt wouldn’t put her in danger because he wanted to get back together with an old flame. So she’s got a teacher in both of them. And in time, we think that they’ll be the parents that Ciri so desperately wanted her entire life. That’s not to say that her blood relatives are less than or she doesn’t miss them. She does miss them. But found family is a thing and these people are just that.
2. The White Flame is Ciri’s dad
When Ciri was trapped by the Deathless Mother, she was in a dream built by the demon to keep her docile. In that dream, she reunited with her family. When Geralt was fighting to get her out of said dream everyone in the dream started disintegrating. But Ciri’s father…he didn’t. He looked on in shock as his wife disappeared and his daughter. That’s when we were all clued in that maybe Ciri’s father wasn’t dead and that the Deathless Mother actually brought her father into this dream with Ciri.
Flashforward to Emhyr (Bart Edwards), also known as the White Flame, and his return to Niflgaard. He’s been away the entirety of The Witcher and has caught his advisors in a lie. They were taking credit for the death of Francesca’s (Mecia Simson) baby when it was Emhyr himself who ordered it. It’s then revealed that the man in Ciri’s dream and the White Flame are one. He is Ciri’s father and he’s been on the hunt for her for a long time. It’s the reason why his forces attacked Cintra and why the Black Knight has been after her.
We do have some theories as to why he did what he did, especially because Ciri was told by her grandmother that her parents died in a downed ship. But what if she was lying? What if Calanthe (Jodhi May) didn’t want her secret getting out that Elder Blood ran through their families veins while being very vocal about how much she hated elves? And what if she ended up killing her daughter and separating Emhyr from his daughter. That could drive anyone to hide their identity, raise an army, and try to get revenge against those who kept us from our children.
3. The Deathless Mother finally went home
Ciri was possessed by the Deathless Mother when she escaped her prison. She then went after the Witchers who trapped her. But that wasn’t everything that she was after. The Deathless Mother also wanted to shatter the monolith the Witchers were inadvertently protecting. This enabled her to open a portal and cause more pain, increasing her power and that of Ciri’s. She was pulled out of her body when Yennefer sacrificed herself, giving Geralt an opportunity to ground Ciri.
The Deathless Mother healed Yennefer and in a moment of panic, because Ciri is still so new to her powers, she transported them to the dimension where the Deathless Mother is from. As soon as they got there the demon left Yennefer, somehow giving Yen her powers back. Come to find out that the Deathless Mother was actually part of the famed Wild Hunt that is set to destroy the world. And her being trapped by the conjunction stopped her from rejoining her brethren.
She also thinks that Ciri, who has immense power within her, is part of her and her people. That brings into question what the wild hunt is composed of. Are they all world killers who united after destroying their world? Or does the Deathless Mother just see herself in Ciri’s Chaos? And does her time on the continent mean that she will find her way back to get to Ciri and those she loves before destroying said continent? We fear that the answer to the last question is “yes.”
4. Jaskier has a benefactor in Redania
We currently don’t see this as a betrayal by Jaskier. He was just trying to help elves as much as he could. And when a benefactor came around to offer Jaskier the money and assistance he needed to get elves out of the dangerous situations they were in, he went for it without doing the proper vetting to understand whether or not the benefactor was someone who could destroy him and shake his bonds with Geralt aka his brother that he’s forgiven and who is at the middle of everything that is going on in the continent.
Even though we don’t know what the benefactor of Redania specifically wants with Jaskier, we’ve got some ideas. The main one is that he wants to get to Ciri through Jaskier. What he doesn’t know is how honorable Jaskier is and how much he loves Geralt. That’s his brother right there. And even though his brother basically threw a fit and ignored him, they made up and it’s all good now. Here’s hoping Geralt understands that when he finds out about this benefactor and the hot mess Jaskier has found himself in.
5. The elves are on a rampage/on the hunt for Ciri
After Francesca’s baby was killed, she and the elves are on a rampage. First, they went after all the children in Redania and now they’re after all the humans that destroyed their continent when their worlds became one. And now that they know that Ciri is out there and that she could be the fabled warrior they’ve been waiting for, they’re going to come for her. And yes, they’ll protect her. But they’ll also want to force her to become this warrior to destroy their enemies. They won’t understand or accept that Ciri has a family and is on a journey to find her place.
It’s also more complicated because the White Flame is going to use the elves’ attack on Redania to make it seem like he has control over the elves and that they are working on his behalf. That’s going to make things even more dangerous for the elves, turning everyone against them. And they are already hated by so many people out there. This in turn is going to push them harder to wipe the continent of humans and start anew.
6. That was not Tissaia
We don’t know who that was, but that was not Tissaia (MyAnna Buring) at the meeting with the North Kings and Queens. That was someone else masquerading as her. Because Tissaia has no reason to want to kill Yennefer. She loves her and sees her as a daughter. Plus, she mourned the hell out of her when she thought she was dead. Even Ciri isn’t someone she would kill because Tissaia’s a person about balance. As for Geralt, he’s Ciri’s protector. And with all the bad in the world and knowing this young woman’s importance, that wouldn’t fly either.
Still not convinced? Go back and watch the scene with her and the elites of the North. We’ve never seen her wear this color. It’s also been soft blues that make those around her think she’s calm, cool, and collected and not the powerhouse we all truly know her to be. It’s a power play. Also, think about the way that she was lounging in that chair. It’s completely at odds with the presence that Tissaia exudes the entirety of season 1 and 2. Instead of being that calm and collected she was cocky and sure of herself, completely at odds with what we know about her.
If we’re guessing, it’s either Triss (Anna Shaffer) or Vilgefortz (Mahesh Jadu). It’s Triss because she saw something truly horrifying inside of Ciri. And after being betrayed by Tissaia, what other option did she have but going to the Northern Kings and Queens and getting them to put a bounty on Ciri’s head to stop the pain coming for the entire continent. Killing Tissaia’s favorite is just the cherry on top for Triss. As for Vilgefortz, it could be him because of the emotional manipulation he put Tissaia through and because he has a lot to gain in the Brotherhood if Ciri is dead.
The Witcher season 2 is available on Netflix.