What’s the Witcher About? Know the Witcher Universe if You’re New to It

Published 12/16/2021, 1:18 PM EST

Netflix is about to get a whole lot of fantastic, as The Witcher returns for its season 2 on the streaming platform. It was two years ago when we first met the amazing characters of the Polish fantasy series and had our first encounter with their intriguing stories. But there are still some people who have not yet boarded the train to the Continent. Mainly because it is a little peculiar to get into a fantasy world? So we are here to answer your question: What’s The Witcher about?

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich brought the beloved universe of The Witcher to life, to tell us the story of a monster hunter, a princess, and a sorceress. Destiny has tangled their paths together, as they live on to understand how every action of theirs is just a step that leads them to each other.

While we await the new season of the Netflix Original show, there are many who are just starting their journey into the Witcher lore. We have got you covered. Here is everything you need to know before you watch The Witcher.


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What’s The Witcher About and What is it based on?

The show is based on one of the most intricate fantasy worlds created, thanks to the brilliance of the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. While it takes some inspiration from the video games as well, the fundamental material for the show is The Witcher books. The universe in the books is really vast and has enough content to provide us with a show as big and beautiful as Game of Thrones.

Netflix‘s adaptation is primarily based on the first books of the saga. Hence, fans of Witcher III: Wild Hunt will also have a great time watching it, as they have set the game after the events of the Witcher saga; where Geralt is out trying to find his missing daughter, Ciri. Meanwhile, in the show, we get to see how Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer came together.

To answer the question: What’s The Witcher about? It is about the adventures of a monster-hunting mutant. Set in the medieval-looking backdrop, on a land called The Continent. The Witcher revolves around many themes, including war, love, politics, mystery, and magic. We get to see everything happening on the continent through the three fresh eyes of our leads. Destiny binds princess Ciri with Geralt, who is also bound with the mage Yennefer. Together, the duo must save Ciri from the Nilfgaardian Empire.

Who are Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri?

Geralt of Rivia is one of the three major characters of the Netflix show The Witcher. Played by the very talented actor Henry Cavill, it almost feels like the actor was born for this role. Geralt is also called The Butcher of Blaviken and The White Wolf, among many other things. He is a mutant who hunts and kills monsters for coin or money. Even though Geralt has a very strict code to which he sticks, the local public always disrespects him. One of the strongest witchers out there, Geralt finds himself fighting with a dilemma when he has to stop being impartial and intervene with the political events to save Ciri.

Ciri, or Princess Cirilla of Cintra, is the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe and the child promised to Geralt by the Law of Surprise. Portrayed by the exquisite Freya Allan; following the attack of Nilfgaard on her home kingdom, Ciri is on a quest to find Geralt. They finally united the duo in the ending scene of the first season. We will get to see Ciri and her adventures with Geralt in the upcoming season.

The third and final central character of the show is Yennefer of Vengerberg, a powerful sorceress. Just like most sorceresses, Yeneffer had a traumatic childhood and was even hunched-backed before she become all-powerful and beautiful. Her father literally sold her like an animal to a mage. Yennefer is the complicated love interest of Geralt and is also going to be a mother figure to the young princess Ciri.

What’s the war in The Witcher about?


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The Continent is witnessing one of the most gruesome wars, as the events of The Witcher unfold. As the Nilfgaard empire rises to power and is determined to take over the entire continent, somehow they are very interested in the young princess Cirilla. That is when Geralt and Yennefer come into the picture, as they have to protect the Lion Cub of Cintra.

We how that you now know What’s The Witcher about, and we would suggest you binge season as soon as possible, as Witcher 2 is right around the corner.


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Manorath Thacker

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Manorath Thacker (he/him) is a writer at Netflix Junkie. He is an English Literature graduate. Manorath is enthusiastic about Greek Mythology and Fiction.