Warning: This post contains spoilers for The witcher Season 2! Be sure to stop by IGN’s review of episode 2 for more about donkeys.
The Witcher Season 2 introduced a close friend of Geralt – another witcher, Eskel. The character has previously appeared in the novels and video game series, and fans were very excited to see him on the show.
take up Twitter, Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich discussed how The Witcher handled the introduction of Eskel and why they decided to do things differently.
“Let’s talk about donkeys,” she said. “One of my favorite moments on screen is when Geralt hugs Eskel for the first time. The concern and confusion on his face says it all, ‘Are you okay?’ And donkeys not. “
Let’s talk about donkeys.
– Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) December 29, 2021
Anyone who’s watched The Witcher Season 2 will of course know that it didn’t end well for the poor old donkey …
“He was infected by a monster that we do not yet know and that is connected to Ciri in a way that we do not yet understand (and will not for a while),” said Hissrich. “But Geralt knows this person so well from the beginning and can not understand why he behaves without character: mean and rude and blatantly disregard the rules of Kaer Morhen by bringing women there and the other brothers with whom he shares, not respected. “a deep story.”
It turned out that Eskel had been infected by a Leshy and his monstrous transformation turned him into one of the giants of the forest.
“Of course, the story is developing as you have seen,” said Hissrich. “Eskel admits he came home to ask Vesemir and his brothers for help, but the monstrous infection has increased so much that he has lost himself. Geralt makes a decision that breaks his heart: He sacrifices donkeys to save Vesemir. “
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Well, that chain of events doesn’t happen in the novels or in the game. Why did The Witcher take a different path for the poor donkey? It’s about how to move Geralt’s story forward.
“Articulating Geralt’s journey on screen had another major challenge for us: namely, that in [Blood of Elves], He spends most of his time observing and absorbing Cirilla and her powers so that he can understand how extensive what he promised Calanthe is and how best to protect the girl from future threats that are still to come did not occur. “
Hissrich stated that slow burning this story works well in print, but it had to be adapted for television because “most television viewers don’t want to see 8 episodes of any characters watching and waiting and reacting”.
“How could we endure the growth that we have to see in Geralt, but have all the corresponding ups and downs, cliffhangers and devastation and action that modern audiences expect?” Asked Hissirch. “Enter the idea of a mystery Geralt must solve in order to learn more about Ciri and her powers. And enter the idea that the secret should unfold in the place where Geralt should have felt best: his home. “
The return of Eskel and his ultimate death give The Witcher a great way to wrap all of that dramatic tension into one neat bundle. It also manages to keep things fresh – and surprises fans of the books and games alike.
Despite that shocking twist, Season 2 of The Witcher is well received by fans. There’s a lot more where that comes from with a seven season plan which we can only assume will lead us in much more unexpected directions. Even if Henry Cavill wants to see one season 3 what remains true to the novels.
The second season of The Witcher kicked off on Netflix on December 17, 2021.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.