If you were one of the (many, many) viewers who saw Season 2 of “The Witcher” break streaming records (via The Wrap), you’ve probably had a few logistical questions. One of these questions, according to a few fans on the show’s always-bustling subreddit, had less to do with any overt deviations from the Andrzej Sapkowski novels that serve as the show’s source material, and more to do with what they saw as a severe narrowing of “The Witcher” world’s population of mutated monster slayers.
“Doesn’t anyone care that they killed practically all the witchers in the last episode?” one fan queried, while another wondered how many Witchers were even alive on The Continent during the second season of the show (via Reddit).
The Witcher Season 2 Ending and Post Credit Scene
Both are valid concerns, especially given how important the Witchers and their lore are in both the novels and short stories, as well as how important they might be in the Netflix adaptation. But, in order to figure out how many monster-killing anti-heroes are still alive at distant Witcher training center Kaer Morhen by the end of Season 2, it’s probably best to ignore the books and discussion threads for now and start with the (presumably) complete roster provided by the series.
Let’s take a look at some Witcher math.
We witness Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir surrounded by seven other Witchers when Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) arrive at Kaer Morhen for the first time. Following the toast scene, two more Witchers emerge, bringing the overall number of Witchers to 11 (seven + Vesemir + Geralt + two more), before Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz) arrives, bringing the total number of Witchers to a cool dozen.
Only eight of the twelve Witchers are mentioned in the credits: Geralt, Vesemir, Eskel, Coen (Yasen Atour), Lambert (Paul Bullion), Everard (Nathaniel Jacobs), Gwain (Jota Castellano), and Merek (Chuey Okoye). When Eskel attempts to strangle his mentor Vesemir in Episode 2, a mutant Leshen takes over his body, compelling Geralt to kill his long-time buddy. Given that not all Witchers are recognized as such in the credits or on the series’ IMDb page, the figure is now about 11.
In Episode 8, where several more Witchers are killed, the Voleth Meir-possessed Ciri murders Gwain, Everard, and (as Coen informs us) Merek in quick succession, far before the big battle ever begins. When Voleth Meir, as Ciri, opens a monolith portal to the other realms, the remaining eight Witchers face a bewildering array of enemies from another sphere.
Two of the Witchers that die horribly in the next conflict are called Vartok and Yrden, according to Vesemir’s speech, while a third, unidentified Witcher gets his head torn from his body by one of the terrifying new animals. According to all appearances, there are no more than five Witchers left at Kaer Morhen at the end of Season 2, Episode 8. This includes Geralt and Vesmir. Regrettably, the figure isn’t entirely accurate…
But wait, there’s more!
Despite the huge death toll, all that number truly informs us at the end of Season 2 is how many (current) Witchers are still alive and at Kaer Morhen. After all, the series has yet to introduce Sapkowski’s other two Witcher schools, The School of the Cat and The School of the Griffin (via The Gamer). So far, we’ve only seen School of the Wolf. It’s feasible that the series will eventually delve into the remaining schools as it continues to reveal more layers of the complicated world of its source material.
Furthermore, we’re never told in Season 2 that every Witcher on The Continent has returned to Kaer Morhen for the winter, and it’s unlikely the type of place to do so (this isn’t Hogwarts, people). Finally, Ciri’s Elder Blood allows Vesemir and Triss Merigold (Anna Shaffer) to reconstruct the elixir needed to create additional Witchers, despite the fact that she never becomes a Witcher (due to her failure to pass the mandatory Trial of the Grasses).
We can’t tell how many overall Witchers are left standing at the end of Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher,” but we can tell how many of the Witchers we’ve met so far are still alive. Given how much of Sapkowski’s story remains to be told, it seems doubtful that the series won’t introduce more Witchers as Season 3 and (hopefully) beyond unfolds.