The Witcher Season 2 Trailer Secretly Teases Major Game Villains

The Witcher Season 2 Trailer Secretly Teases Major Game Villains

While many new foes are overtly featured in The Witcher season 2 trailer, the latest look at the series also teases a major video game villain.

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The Witcher Season 2 Trailer Secretly Teases Major Game Villains

Netflix’s official The Witcher season 2 trailer secretly teases the emergence of major game villains in the new series’ narrative. The Witcher primarily follows Geralt of Rivia’s (Henry Cavill) journey to locate and protect princess Cirilla (Freya Allan), whose destiny he believes is intrinsically linked with his own. While the primary threat to Ciri’s safety arrives in the form of the Nilfgaardians across The Witcher season 1, its follow-up installment looks set to pit Ciri and Geralt against a much more deadly array of mystical creatures.

The Witcher season 2 trailer promises to double down in the creature-driven viscera that made the Netflix series’ inaugural season such a success. Ciri and Geralt battling the dread forest spirit Leshen is one such trailer reveal, but there are also less obvious nods to even deadlier protagonists. At the midpoint of the trailer, Istredd (Royce Pierreson) and other sorcerors stare at a glowing house on legs that turns and begins moving toward them. The scene is followed by a blinding flash of light before The Witcher trailer cuts to a new scene.

Yet despite the briefest of frames in The Witcher season 2 trailer, the reveal of the lit-up, living house is a nod to the presence of the Crones in the new Netflix series. Although not a part of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s original Witcher book series, the Crones are a prominent component of the popular videogame The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The Crones’ backstory is based on the Baba Yaga. In Slavic folklore, the Baba Yaga is usually depicted as an old crone, but also sometimes a trio of ferocious, child-eating monstrous sisters who live in a roving cabin, drawing unmistakable parallels with The Witcher season 2 trailer. The Baba Yaga’s motivations vary greatly across these tales, ranging from eating children who trespass on her/their woods to helping a protagonist find his missing bride. In all versions of the Baba Yaga legend, whether one woman or three, she is perceived as a powerful witch, able to shapeshift and enchant as easily as maiming and killing.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt certainly leans into a darker version of the Baba Yaga legend, using the three Crones as one of its story’s primary antagonists. In several cutscenes, the Crones attempt to trick Ciri by appearing to her as beautiful women before devolving into their hideous, original forms and attempting to boil her alive in broth. Geralt, unsurprisingly, is tasked with killing these monsters, who go by the names Brewess, Weavess, and Whispess.

It seems, therefore, that the glowing house that moves toward Istredd and company is a sly Easter egg for long-time Witcher audiences to uncover. The Witcher series has already shown it is not afraid to move away from Sapkowski’s novel canon in favor of incorporating the best of the Witcher videogame series ideas, as evidenced by the incarnation of the Leshen used in the season 2 trailer. Adding the Crones to The Witcher season 2 story would certainly add another dread aspect for Ciri and Geralt to face, placing even higher stakes on their battle for The Continent as a result.

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