Netflix's The Witcher Episode Titles Will Tempt and Tantalize You

Why hello Witcher.
Why hello Witcher.
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Netflix is gearing up for the release of The Witcher by revealing the episode titles for the first season, along with brief descriptions that tease what’s in store for Geralt of Rivia, the hottest Butcher of Blaviken.

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Netflix released episode titles on Twitter for the first eight episodes of The Witcher, which are sure to excite newcomers...and make fans of the books and video games downright salivate. Each episode title has its own logo, which teases even more of what’s in store.

Based on the titles and descriptions, it looks like we can expect things like Geralt’s “Butcher” origins and Yennefer’s backstory (along with their fateful and probably super sexy meeting), the arrival of Jaskier/Dandelion, and a dragon hunt. It culminates in the formation of Geralt’s “Witcher Family” with the season finale, “Much More,” meaning Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be united.

I won’t reveal much more than that—because, to be honest, the episode titles kind of do the perfect job of saying just enough without giving too much away. Here they are, along with the descriptions provided on Twitter:

Episode 1, “The End’s Beginning”: A monster slain, a butcher named.

Episode 2, “Four Marks”: We look at a sorceress’s early days.

Episode 3, “Betrayer Moon”: A picky eater, a family shamed.

Episode 4, “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”: The Law of Surprise is how one repays.

Episode 5, “Bottled Appeties”: A fateful meeting, a bard is maimed.

Episode 6, “Rare Species”: The hunt for a dragon is underway.

Episode 7, “Before a Fall”: A return to before a kingdom is flamed.

Episode 8, “Much More”: The Witcher Family, as you all like to say.

The Witcher debuts on Netflix December 20, and it’s already been renewed for a second season.

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So ya, these confirm they’re the short stories being adapted for the first season. Nice, those are really fun. Basically dark fairy tails.

Episode 1, “The End’s Beginning”: A monster slain, a butcher named.

Guessing likely partially inspired by The Lesser Evil, which is a good idea as its one of (if not the) best of the short stories.

Episode 2, “Four Marks”: We look at a sorceress’s early days.

This is likely partially inspired by the short story The Last Wish. Though will be an expansion of Yenns backstory. Looking forward to it.

Episode 3, “Betrayer Moon”: A picky eater, a family shamed.

Not sure of the top of my head...

Episode 4, “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”: The Law of Surprise is how one repays.

So this is CLEARLY A Question of Price, which sets up Ciri.

Episode 5, “Bottled Appeties”: A fateful meeting, a bard is maimed.

Can’t really remember the short name but mabey The Edge of the World...

Episode 6, “Rare Species”: The hunt for a dragon is underway.

The Bounds of Reason. This is a REALLY fun short story.

Episode 7, “Before a Fall”: A return to before a kingdom is flamed. 

Not sure...

Episode 8, “Much More”: The Witcher Family, as you all like to say.

Not sure... probably when Ciri is formally adopted.