The Witcher season 2, episode 1 recap: It’s time for a softer, kinder Geralt

The second season of The Witcher begins with death, misery, and hidden truths. Three travellers reach a small village seeking shelter from the winter’s night, only to find it abandoned. The stench of rot and war is luring monsters out of hibernation, and our travellers meet a fate worse than death as an invisible beast ambushes them. The tone is set: Don’t believe your eyes, and keep your wits about.

Finally united at the end of the first season, the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, now escorts Ciri, the princess of Cintra he swore to protect. Still wounded from the previous season, Geralt is now faced with the loss of his Djinn-tied lover, purple-eyed sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg. The North was successful, barely, in the Battle of Sodden against the Nilfgaardians, but losses have been catastrophic on both sides, with Yennefer seemingly lost. Triss, a fellow sorceress and friend of Geralt, survives, but she barely features in the opening episode, which is fine with me. #TeamYen.

Episode details

Episode 1

“A grain of truth”

Written by: Declan de Barra

Directed by: Stephen Surjik

★★★★★

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