The Witcher Anime Connections That Tie Into The Larger Netflix Franchise
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The Witcher Anime Connections – How Nightmare Of The Wolf Connects To Season 2

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BY January 5, 2022

The Witcher franchise is on its way to becoming a huge brand for Netflix. The pre-existing franchise of novels and video games notwithstanding, the series is now also a huge hit for Netflix. There is The Witcher season 2, The Nightmare of the Wolf anime, and a live-action prequel on its way as well. But with two separate shows and a movie existing together, does it all tie in? Or is it just loose and separate stories existing in the same universe? Let’s see how many connections we can find between The Witcher and the anime within the larger fantasy world.

Please note: This article will feature spoilers for everything released from Netflix’s The Witcher franchise thus far. Which includes The Witcher seasons 1 and 2, as well as The Witcher anime, Nightmare of the Wolf.

The Witcher Season 2 and Anime Both Feature Kaer Morhen

The Witcher anime connections Kaer Morhen. Image via Netflix.

The biggest The Witcher anime connections to season 2 is where it all takes place. Nightmare Of The Wolf featured most of its story about all the Witcher themselves. This also meant that a lot of the story in the second act took place at their stronghold, Kaer Morhen. After convincing the townspeople that all Witchers are bad, a mage named Tetra (Lara Pulver) brings war to their doorstep at Kaer Morhen. The final battle with monsters, mages and Witchers all happens at the castle, destroying most of it.

The third act of The Witcher anime directly connects to The Witcher season 2 as Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) make their way to Kaer Morhen. Upon their arrival, we get to see how the stronghold looks, decades after the events of Nightmare Of The Wolf. There’s even a shot of the bones of one of the giant creatures that Vesemir takes down in the anime. And speaking of Vesemir—

How Vesemir’s Story in The Witcher Season 2 Comes from the Anime

The Witcher anime connections Vesemir. Image via Netflix.

The Nightmare of the Wolf was all about Vesemir, a cunning and brash Witcher, who was ultimately responsible for the downfall of all Witchers. Tetra tricked him into killing the last of the Witcher mages who made the elixir to turn boys into Witchers. Without mages to create that elixir, there would be no more Witchers besides the handful that already existed. Vesemir became almost a father to the remaining untrained Witcher boys, including Geralt.

That anime connection of Vesemir’s actions continues in The Witcher season 2, as Ciri’s blood held the formula to create new Witcher elixirs. Elated to be able to repopulate Witchers into the world again, it leads to his lapse in judgement to make Ciri into a new Witcher.

Where Have All the Witchers Gone?

The Witcher anime connections medals. Image via Netflix.

The Witcher anime connections also come into play regarding the status of the Witchers themselves. The anime explained how no more Witchers can be made. Throughout season 1 of The Witcher, we hear how there’s not a lot of Witchers left in the world. Season 2 of The Witcher explicitly states how there are maybe 20-something Witchers left in the world. Clearly, it was Vesemir’s actions that resulted in the eventual dying out of the Witcher race.

How the Elves Enhance the Connections Even More

Elves. Image via Netflix.

The Elves have been a huge part of the world of The Witcher through seasons 1, 2 and the anime. Season 1 always hinted at the previous Elven war and how humans took the Elves’ land and most of the magic humans employ comes from them as well. The atrocities of humans on the Elves appear in The Witcher anime as well, including the only character who has been in every iteration of The Witcher franchise so far, Filavandrel (Tom Canton). The elves play a huge part in season 2 of The Witcher, as it’s their uprising that pushes the story forward and creates the looming threat that will seemingly tie into season 3.

The Witcher Season 2 Picks Up a Plot Point from the Anime

Yennefer. Image via Netflix.

One of the larger Witcher anime connections to season 2, is through the character of Yennefer (Anya Chalotra). The mage Tetra in The Witcher anime fiddles around with magic and fire during her first meeting with Vesemir (Theo James). There’s a throwaway line in that anime about how mages are forbidden to dabble in fire magic. The finale of season 1 saw Yennefer conjure up that same fire magic and destroy the infiltrating forces of Nilfgaard. Effectively saving the world.

At the time, her magic seemed like an extension of her powers. But the anime makes it clear that mages aren’t allowed to do that. So, coming to The Witcher season 2, Yennefer’s entire story arc is about how she has lost her powers. Clearly, tapping into forbidden magic somehow resulted in the loss of these powers, which she spends season 2 trying to get back.

Both seasons of The Witcher and the Nightmare of the Wolf anime are now on Netflix.

Any other anime connections to The Witcher franchise that I missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image via Netflix.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

          

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