The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains the thought process behind changing Wild Hunt’s timeline from the series compared to the books.
Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for The Wizard.
The Wizard Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains how to change Wild Hunt’s timeline compared to the books. Based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and inspired by the CD Projekt video game franchise, Netflix’s The Wizard debuted in late 2019 before becoming one of the streamer’s most popular properties. Adapting stories from Last wish Y Sword of Destiny, Season 1 introduces audiences to Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), effectively serving as a prologue to the main story, which begins at Sapkowski. Elve’s Bloods.
At the end of season 1, Geralt finally finds his surprise son in Ciri. While adapting Last wish“A Grain of Truth” and the story of Nivellen, season 2 seeks Elven blood once Geralt and Ciri reach Kaer Morhen. Developing his teased powers in season 1, The Wizard Season 2 reveals Ciri’s ancient blood and her connection to an ancient prophecy that predicts the end of the world. The Wizard’The sophomore season has several surprises in store for fans of its source material, including the Yennefer arc, Voleth Meir, the White Flame, and the introduction of the Wild Hunt, also known as the Wraiths of Mörhogg, a group believed to be wraiths galloping in the sky.
After being referenced in season 1, Wild Hunt has two cameos in The Wizardthe second season as seen in a vision and then during the finale. During The Witcher: desbloqueado, via The Witcher Netflix On YouTube, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich was asked about bringing Wild Hunt in this season (as opposed to season 3) and what she makes fun of with her promise that Ciri “Belongs to them. Read what she had to say below:
“It is notorious that The Wild Hunt is not really made into the books until Time of contempt, which is honestly my favorite book in the series and I can’t, can’t wait to adapt it. But because the Wild Hunt is so familiar to so many of our fans, video game fans, honestly (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt) —We started to plant the tradition of The Wild Hunt from the pilot. Eist actually refers to the Specters of Mörhogg, and we have a feeling they are an omen of war. In season 2, Nivellen talks about basically preceding doom. “An omen of doom,” he says. And we wanted to make sure that by the time we met them, honestly, we were very scared of them. We started to play with the idea: ‘what are they?’ We know from the books that they are spectral, but we also know that when they interact more with Ciri, there is a little more tangibility in them. So that’s what we wanted to start playing with this season, which is this idea of these ghosts in the sky. “
As for Ciri belonging to them, Schmidt Hissrich went on to joke about Ciri’s complex history: her lineage, bloodline, and things that Queen Calanthe hid, including a connection to Lara Dorren, Ciri’s elven descendant from whom she inherited the so-called old blood. In season 2, Ciri learns that she can combine her powers with those of the mysterious monoliths scattered across the continent to open portals between worlds, which Voleth Meir / the Immortal Mother uses to her advantage in the season 2 finale. As Yennefer frees Ciri from the Mother’s possession, the trio, along with Geralt, are transported to another Sphere: the Mother’s house. There, they are noticed by Wild Hunt, who rides towards Ciri in an attempt to claim her before she teleports her surrogate family back to the mainland.
As is the case with the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, Nilfgaard and the Elves, The Wizard makes it clear that Wild Hunt is after Ciri, just like in the books. However, the mysterious group does not appear in Sapkowski’s novels until Time of contempt, and its role is minor compared to what it is in Lady of the lake or the third Sorcerer play. The Wild Hunt could remain an imminent threat in The Wizard season 3. Or, the series could continue to take liberties with the books and make Wild Hunt more prominent as it adapts. Time of contempt. The prequel series, The Witcher: Origen de sangre, is already scheduled to feature more reveals about Wild Hunt, which will herald what audiences will see in the flagship series.