Warning: Spoilers for The Witcher season 3, part 1!

Yennefer’s powers return in The Witcher season 3, but she still grapples with the consequences of controversial changes in season 2. As Netflix’s The Witcher enters its third season, significant transformations await Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer’s narratives. Henry Cavill’s departure as Geralt marks a milestone, paving the way for Liam Hemsworth’s role in season 4. Brace yourself for a season that redefines the course of their intertwined stories, offering a turning point for the beloved series.

The Witcher Season 2: Yennefer's Transformation and the Controversy

Yennefer’s story in The Witcher season 1 ended on a cliffhanger as she disappeared after utilizing the forbidden practice of fire magic during the Battle of Sodden Hill. In season 2, it was revealed that Yennefer was found and captured by Fringilla and the Nilfgaardian army, resulting in the loss of her powers. Later, Yennefer and Fringilla were taken captive by the elves and transported to the Voleth Meir. Each woman made a separate deal with the Deathless Mother based on their personal needs and goals. Yennefer’s ultimate desire was to regain her chaos-infused abilities.

After freeing Cahir from imminent execution, reuniting with Jaskier, and saving him from Rience, Yennefer fell into the hands of Redanian guards. Despite being restrained, she managed to establish communication with the Voleith Meir, who presented her with a deal: in exchange for restoring her chaos, Yennefer had to deliver Ciri to the entity. Yennefer cunningly led Ciri and Geralt to believe they were going to rescue him in Cintra, but her true intention was to hand Ciri over to the Voleith Meir. Ultimately, Yennefer redeemed herself by sacrificing her own life in the season 2 finale of The Witcher, ensuring the departure of the Voleith Meir from Ciri’s body.

Yennefer’s changes in The Witcher season 2 were controversial for different reasons. First, the series left Yennefer powerless through the majority of season 2, and second (and most important), she betrayed Geralt and put Ciri in great danger for her personal benefit. In the books, Yennefer and Ciri have a mother/daughter-like bond, far from the predatory behavior she showed throughout season 2. The changes to Yennefer’s story in The Witcher season 2 also made her sacrifice hard to believe, and though season 3 tried to fix season 2’s Yennefer mess, the character suffered from those controversial decisions.


In The Witcher season 3, the long-awaited Yennefer/Ciri bond finally unfolds, yet Yennefer’s narrative suffers from the mistakes of season 2. Initially, Geralt’s strained relationship with Yennefer prevents them from being in the same room, but Ciri easily connects with her. Yennefer takes on the role of training Ciri to control and channel her magical abilities. Despite Ciri’s playful mention of Yennefer’s previous intentions to hand her over to the Voleth Meir, they brush off the past as if it never occurred.

Yennefer and Geralt’s reconciliation was a long-awaited moment, but it happened too easily. Yennefer put both Ciri and Geralt in great danger in The Witcher season 2, and while their shared interest in keeping Ciri brought them together, they got back together too quickly. Yennefer’s story in The Witcher season 3 was a lot better than the one she was given in season 2, but those controversial season 2 changes made her actions in season 3 hard to believe, also creating a disconnection between both seasons.


The changes to Yennefer’s story in The Witcher season 2 may have far-reaching consequences beyond season 3. Despite her efforts to help Ciri and Geralt, it is difficult to overlook the fact that she would endanger others for her own benefit when desperate. To address the Yennefer-related issues in The Witcher, the creative team should remain faithful to the source material, offering Yennefer more captivating narratives that allow the audience to forge a deeper connection with her. Yennefer has much work ahead to rectify the damage caused in season 2, and while it is not an insurmountable task, it will certainly be challenging.

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