Netflix The Witcher season 2 recap guide: All 8 episodes explained

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The Witcher season 2. Cr: Netflix.
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The Witcher season 2, episode 6 recap: Dear Friend

In pursuit of Ciri, the chernobog has resurfaced near the Temple of Melitele. It swoops down on Ciri and Geralt, fatally wounding poor Roach in the process. Ciri and Geralt remain with Roach in her final moments, until Geralt swiftly kills her to end her suffering.

Working together, Geralt and Ciri kill the creature by using Ciri as bait, though she later comments to Geralt that she doesn’t actually think the chernobog was trying to harm her. That makes Geralt uneasy.

At Kaer Morhen, Vesemir is upset with himself in the aftermath of almost giving Ciri the witcher mutagen. Triss offers some words of comfort, but they’re interrupted by the fire-using mage Rience who attacks them and steals the vial of witcher mutagen containing Ciri’s Elder Blood.

Once he has the witcher mutagen in his possession, Rience returns to meet with Lydia. He won’t just hand it over without the opportunity to meet Lydia’s employer. Lydia gives him a new mission in the interim, to invade Melitele for Ciri.

Geralt and Ciri arrive at Melitele’s Temple to meet Geralt’s former advisor, Nenneke (Adjoa Andoh). Young witchers used to attend the temple to learn how to perform signs, and now Geralt hopes Ciri can learn from Nenneke and others how to control her Chaos. Nenneke introduces Ciri to one of her best students, Jarre (Joseph Payne), to assist Ciri in her journey.

While Ciri chats with Jarre, Nenneke pulls Geralt aside so they can discuss his current predicament. Nenneke is concerned for Geralt and believes that everyone is going to be coming for Ciri. That’s the understatement of the year. Countless people have died in pursuit of Ciri already, and it will only get worse. She thinks Ciri is a Child of Destiny and Geralt will need to find balance to help her.

Jarre gives Ciri an Orbuculum, which is a tool that senses magic, though Jarre doesn’t really know what it’s for. Yennefer has arrived at Melitele in search of Ciri. She follows her in secret and then finds herself face-to-face with Geralt.

The two share a kiss, but are interrupted by Ciri. Geralt introduces them to one another, and that night they share a nice meal together. It’s so sweet to see Ciri, Yennefer, and Geralt together, a hint of what’s to come. Yennefer tells Ciri about her love of unicorns (and how she even had a stuffed one, until it broke). Ciri mentions that she once had a dream featuring Yennefer, a powerful omen.

Once Ciri has gone to bed, Geralt and Yennefer are left alone again. Geralt has noticed that Yennefer’s heart hasn’t stopped beating fast the entire time she’s been there. We know Yennefer is intending to betray Ciri and Geralt, but she covers it up by claiming she’s just got some old wounds that won’t heal.

Rience and his crew invade Melitele that night, injuring Jarre and wreaking havoc in the sacred place. Ciri finds Jarre’s unconscious body and immediately goes looking for Geralt, but Rience gets to her first, trapping her in a circle of fire. Geralt manages to hold off the assailants while telling Yennefer to take Ciri into another room. There, Yennefer teaches Ciri how to create a portal to get them out of Melitele. Ciri manages to make her first portal, and they escape just as Geralt enters the room. He watches as they disappear onto the other side and Geralt asks Yennefer to stop. She tells him she can’t.

Miracle child

Things have changed at Cintra since Cahir’s return. Fringilla and Francesca have become quite close. Francesca believes Fringilla needs to stand up to Cahir because he’s no longer the one in power. Fringilla is the one who negotiated the refuge for the elves, and she’s the one Francesca’s people look to as a leader.

Speak of the devil, Cahir shows up to interrupt their conversation. He tells Fringilla that he believes she is still dedicated to the White Flame’s mission and he understands why she allied with the elves. One must make difficult decisions during times of war. However, now that he’s back, he believes they need to refocus on Emhyr’s primary goal, the whole reason they took Cintra in the first place—to find Ciri.

Fringilla and Francesca might have conflicted feelings about Cahir’s return, but General Hake (Antony Byrne) is very pleased he’s back. Hake is dismissive of Fringilla’s goals and the elves. He wants Cahir to set things right and get everyone back on track, aligned under their true purpose of serving the White Flame. To show off his strength, Cahir chooses to train with Dara and demonstrate how “real” soldiers fight.

Hake ends up throwing Dara to the ground, and Filavandrel draws his sword in retaliation. The ugly skirmish is interrupted by news that Francesca has gone into labor! She gives birth to a beautiful, pure-blooded elf child. Fringilla is pleased to inform all the elves of this, and it’s clearly a significant event for their race.

And speaking of Dara, since relocating to Cintra he has learned what Nilfgaard wants, which is to find Ciri. He tells this to Dijkstra via his owl.

Later, Fringilla and Cahir look on as the elves celebrate the birth of the child. Cahir notes that  Fringilla helped make all of this possible, but he wonders what will become of the alliance when the elves are self-reliant and no longer need Nilfgaard. He informs Fringilla that Emhyr has written and the White Flame is set to arrive in Cintra soon.

The Witcher season 2. Cr: Netflix.
The Witcher season 2. Cr: Netflix. /

A generational weapon

Elsewhere, Istredd visits the detective agency Codringher and Fenn to learn more about the connection between the monoliths and the mysterious girl with Geralt. It’s not cheap to get that kind of information, so once Istredd forks over the coin, Ellis Codringher (Simon Callow), and Fenn (Liz Carr) inform Istredd that the girl in question is Ciri, the princess of Cintra.

Upon further investigation, the trio uncovers an old scroll revealing that Calanthe had kept her elven bloodline hidden all these years because she knew that something dangerous and powerful lurked within, a generational weapon that goes back to the warrior Lara Dorren.

After everything that happened at Kaer Morhen, Triss returns to Aretuza to warn Tissaia about Ciri and the fact she could lead to the destruction of their world.