The Witcher season 2 will take audiences to Kaer Morhen, a very unique spot in the stories of Geralt and Ciri here is why. Based on the book collection of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher made its debut on Netflix in December 2019 and was so well-received by critics and audiences that it might be the streaming giant’s largest first TV year ever. Netflix was well-aware of their success and popularity of The Witcher novels and video games and renewed the show for another season before the first one was outside.
Netflix’s The Witcher approached Sapkowski’s characters differently than at the source material, and instead of merely following the name witcher, is centered on three characters in different areas and points in time, whose paths converged towards the end of the season.
These characters are Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), an improved monster hunter known as a “witcher”; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress with a tragic past; and Ciri (Freya Allan), the crown prince of Cintra who was in the process of discovering her abilities. Geralt and Ciri are jumped by the Law of Surprise, and they finally found each other right at the end of the season, and the next season will take them to an essential place in The Witcher’s world: Kaer Morhen.
Kaer Morhen is an old keep where the witchers of this school of the Wolf were educated. This fortress can only be reached by “The Witchers Trail”, which youthful witchers nicknamed “The Killer” because it’s a very dangerous road where a few Witchers-to-be have expired. The area was attacked by an enraged mob headed by mages and priests that watched witchers because abominations and killed all the teachers and students living there, which is called the “Sacking of Kaer Morhen”, an event mentioned in season 1.
Among the few survivors of the massacre was Vesemir (to be performed with Kim Bodnia), who sometime later fulfilled Vienna, a sorceress who gave her kid, Geralt, to train as a witcher. Kaer Morhen, then, watched the training of witchers such as Vesemir, Geralt, Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), also Lambert (Paul Bullion), those previous two sets to show up at The Witcher season two.
Now, set photographs, in addition to the addition of Eskel and Lambert, all point at season 2 seeing the arrival of Geralt and Ciri into Kaer Morhen, which will also have an important part in Ciri’s arc. From the novels, Geralt took Ciri to Kaer Morhen to be trained, with Vesemir teaching her about monsters and herbaceous plants, Lambert and Eskel coaching her in the art of combat, and Coën (Yasen Atour) coaching her in sword combat.
It’s also in Kaer Morhen where Ciri entered into a trance after accidentally drinking white seagull (an alcoholic beverage drank by witchers) and later foretold the deaths of some of the witchers she understood. Although she was educated by Vesemir, Geralt, Lambert, Eskel, and Coën from the legendary fortress of Kaer Morhen, Ciri is not a witcher as she did not go through the exact same procedure as them, especially all of the mutations, therefore she is only thought to be a trainee and an affiliate of the school of the Wolf.
Kaer Morhen, then, isn’t just an essential place to Geralt but also in Ciri’s narrative, and with the arrival of Vesemir, Eskel, Lambert, and Coën in The Witcher season two, it was inevitable for the string to take audiences to the fortress. How long they will stay there and if the show will explore the story of Kaer Morhen or not remains to be seen, but what is going to be really interesting to see is Ciri’s training in different areas.