The Witcher Season 3 Just Set Up a Major Character’s Destiny

The Witcher – Season 3 UK premiere event is on Wednesday 28th June 2023 in London. Cast including Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey, Myanna Buring, Therica Wilson-Read, Cassie Clare, Graham Mctavish, Hugh Skinner, Anna Shaffer, Mecia Simson to attend.

This article contains spoilers for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The latest trailer for season 3 of The Witcher shows us that Ciri’s (Freya Allan) Witcher training from season 2 has definitely paid off. In the trailer, we see Ciri holding her own while fighting monsters, humans, and elves, alongside Geralt (Henry Cavill) and gaining control over her magical abilities with the help of Yennefer (Anya Chalotra).

With the Wild Hunt and most of The Continent after Ciri and her powers by the end of season 2, it makes sense that she would continue to learn how to defend herself and double down on her desire to become a Witcher this season. But for fans of the video games, especially The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, seeing Ciri call herself a Witcher and continue down this path is more than just a logical next-step for her character, it’s a hint at her potential future.

Even though the Netflix series has been adapting the Witcher novels by Andrzej Sapkowski directly rather than adapting the story of the popular video game series (which also use the novels as source material), this trailer teases a potential arc for Ciri that fans of the games are likely familiar with. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the player spends most of the time controlling Geralt as he traverses the Continent to find Ciri before the Wild Hunt does. Along the way, Geralt is also tasked with bringing Ciri back to her father, Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr, who wants her to take over the throne and become Empress.

The player is able to play as Ciri occasionally in The Witcher 3, but her future is mostly determined by choices the player makes as Geralt in interactions with her. In the game, Ciri has three possible fates – she can die during her battle with the White Frost (an omen of the prophecy of Ithlinne), stay with her father and become Empress, or remain a Witcher full-time.

The Witcher Season 3 Trailer Brings New Dangers For Geralt, Yennefer And Ciri.

Musical entertainment! All three are central ingredients in The Witcher – and all seem to be back in full force for Season 3 of Netflix’s epic fantasy adaptation. After a long wait, the show is finally returning in a matter of weeks – not only bringing the latest adventures of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri to fans, but marking the final season in which Henry Cavill will be playing the central role (to be replaced for Season 4 by Liam Hemsworth).

Looking at the latest trailer, there are hopes that Cavill will at least be going out on a high – with lashings more monster-battling action, promise of war brewing in The Continent, hints of the Wild Hunt arriving, and all kinds of neck-slicing finishing moves to boot.

It’s inescapable really – you can’t help but watch this trailer and be sad that Cavill is putting down the silver wig after this season. He really is great as Geralt, both in the gravelly gravitas (with lashings of sarcasm) stakes, and in the sword-swinging fight sequences. For Season 3, he’s finally properly united with Yennefer – his will-they-won’t-they ultra-powerful sorceress lover – and surrogate daughter Ciri, after two seasons of getting the band together. And, for various reasons, it seems they’re all under fire from several factions of The Witcher’s sprawling world. Beyond all the dense lore and world-building, the show has always found time for electrifying creature clashes, and it seems there’ll be more of that too, both on the high seas, and something that looks like a game arena. Oh, and singing bard Jaskier is still a major player here, for some reason.

Toss your coins to Netflix and catch the first ‘volume’ of The Witcher Season 3 on 29 June

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