The Witcher Season 2 Has More Monsters Than the Books

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Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich teases that Season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher will feature more monsters than Andrzej Sapkowski’s Blood of Elves.

One of the most exciting aspects of Netflix’s The Witcher is the monster-slaying that Geralt of Rivia does throughout the series, most of it based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. Season 2 of the hit series is set to adapt Blood of Elves, which puts it at a disadvantage when it comes to monsters, since few appear. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich responded to the issue.

Speaking to Sci-Fi and Fantasy magazine, Hissrich explained, “Blood of Elves lacks monsters. There’s just not very many. But we know from the games that people really like to see Geralt battling monsters, so we continued adding more monsters to Season 2.”


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Sapkowski’s Blood of Elves, published in 1994 (in Polish), focuses heavily on Geralt and Ciri’s time at Kaer Morhen, where they spend winter training the Cintran princess to protect herself through combat tactics employed by professional monster slayers. Despite all the training and talk of monsters, as Hissrich stated in the interview, few monsters appear. The only major monster encounter to occurs involves the aquatic beast known as an aeschna (also called glustyworps).

It was reported early on while Season 2 was still filming that the upcoming show will be introduce a monster made popular in CD Projekt Red’s video games– the leshen, a woodland spirit that controls flora and fauna and uses them both to defend an area from villagers that offend the forest. They are often accompanied by ravens and wolves. There is speculation that the leshen will appear at Kaer Morhen and may result in the death of a major Blood of Elves character.

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It was also confirmed that at least two monsters from The Last Wish will appear in Season 2 of The Witcher. The first episode will adapt the short story, “A Grain of Truth,” which features the cursed creature named Nivellen, as well as the bruxa, Vereena, who haunts his estate. Trailers and clips for Season 2 have teased Geralt’s upcoming battle against the bruxa, as well as his encounter with Nivellen, who is played by Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju.

The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Season 1 is now available on Netflix and Season 2 is set to be released on Dec. 17.

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Source: Redanian Intelligence

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