Showrunner Lauren Schmidt talks about Ciri’s evolution in The Witcher Season 2.
If you’ve checked out The Witcher, you know by now that the story very much revolves around three characters: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri. Ciri ends Season 1 with Geralt, a man she has never met, but who is destined to become her father. Yennefer, who has always wanted a family now finds herself as an unconventional mother and wife to both Ciri and Geralt respectively.
So what happens next to Ciri? The scared girl with powers she doesn’t understand has been hunted by the invading Nilfgaardian armies. Geralt does not just protect Ciri, he also teaches her the ways of the Witchers. By the later books, and certainly the video games, Ciri has become a powerful warrior in her own right. So how does Ciri go from this,
The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt spoke with TV Guide back in May, though the story was only published last week. Here is what Schmidt had to say about Ciri’s evolution into Season 2. Specifically, that they are enjoying exploring the changes in Ciri slowly.
“We’re really trying to savor it. I think one of the things that of course happens when you are adapting material is that you have these eight episodes, they’re an hour long each, [and] we had much more of Ciri’s story in Season 1 that we ended up having to trim down. And it’s one of the things that when I look at the season, I see she’s not as present, Ciri’s not as present as I would have liked her to be.”
“So in Season 2, we’re really digging in with her character and we’re going to understand her a lot more. And yes, that growth that you’re describing, where she starts training, where she actually becomes the character that we know from the books and later from the video games, we will see her become that person. But she doesn’t change on a dime. What we don’t want to do is forget where she came from.”
When Ciri appears again in the books, it’s been some time since that fateful meeting on Sodden Hill. Ciri has already been with Geralt for some time and begun her training. However, Schmidt also said in this interview that they don’t want to do that skip. The Witcher Season 2 will, therefore, explore how Geralt and Ciri get to know one another first.
“Well, what’s really fun about Season 2 is that in the books, [after] Geralt and Ciri meet in that moment in Sodden … when we come back in the next book, we’ve actually skipped a lot of time. … Well, we found in writing the show that we didn’t actually want to skip over those first months of them getting to know each other.”
“That’s part of the fun, is to take these characters, as you say, who understand that they’re each other’s destiny — not really embracing it, but accepting that this is what they need to do to continue walking through The Continent. And then see like, what would that really be like? What would it be like for two strangers to come together and feel like that’s what they’ve been driving for, for the entire season? They finally got together and then they’re like, “Oh, I don’t know you at all. You are a stranger.”
I haven’t read all The Witcher books, yet. However, I do know the general story and have played the heck out of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I’m a fan of this universe and I was definitely a fan of Season 1. I look forward to seeing how the writers go about creating that bond between Geralt and Ciri.
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SOURCE: TV Guide