The showrunner of “The Witcher,” Lauren S. Hissirch, opens up about her regrets for Ciri’s minimal story in season 1 of “The Witcher.” Freya Allan is the princess of Cintra who flees from her home when the invaders begin slaughtering those in their way. In search of a new safe place, she meets up with Geralt of Rivia, the titular monster hunter with whom Ciri’s destiny is linked, and begins to learn about the latent powers she possesses.
The Witcher season 2 starts from the events of the Season 1 finale in which Ciri and Geralt are united after the Battle of Sodden Hill, where he lost his love “Yennefer” when she sacrificed herself to fend off the invading Nilfgaard forces. Geralt brings the princess back to his home of Kaer Morhen to keep Ciris safe and he trained her for the battles to come while the King of Continent, demons, humans, and elves all fight for more power. The Witcher Season one debuted to modest reviews from critics and audiences, though there is one element behind it all does wish was different.
In an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter,” The Witcher showrunner Hissrich revealed her regrets with Ciri’s minimal season 1 story.
“I have to say that in season one, I don’t think that we paid enough attention to Ciri’s story. It’s one of my big regrets watching that season. And so we worked hard this season to make sure that we felt like we were on the path a lot more with Ciri, with Freya and allowing her to explore this character fully. And I also think setting up the fact that Ciri becomes increasingly important in a series as it goes. Any book lover will tell you that she starts to become the center of this narrative. And we also wanted to make sure we were setting that up.”
The Witcher season one may have been ratings hit for Netflix, becoming the third-most streamed series of Netflix in 2019 behind The Mandalorian and Stranger Things. Still, it wasn’t a pretty critical darling, sitting at a 68 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.