This Timeline Might Make Watching The Witcher a Little Easier

Some good witchy fightin’.
Some good witchy fightin’.
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A lot of things could be said about The Witcher. One of the most resounding things I’ve heard about it, however, is that it starts out really confusing, due to the surprising choice to split timelines during the first episodes of the show without really signposting this decision to the audience. The result of this being that past, present, and future are all kinda… mingled together.

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If you still haven’t watched The Witcher, or just need some clarification, the people at TheWitcher.tv might be just who you’re looking for. The witchin’ experts at this fan site have put together, for our persual, a detailed timeline of the show’s events that make it much easier to put everything that happened in order. Using the fall of Cintra as the organizing event, the timeline organizes events by character and date, set alongside the major historical events of the Continent’s geopolitical landscape.

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It would have been nice if this information was more clearly delineated in the show itself, but that’s what fandom is for: parsing lore and turning it into timelines. With the sheer density of lore that builds the world of The Witcher, it’s a welcome service.

The Witcher is on Netflix now. I hear Henry Cavill takes a nice bath. 


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DISCUSSION

katiekeys
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I’m utterly baffled at how misunderstood this show is. The timelines were not that hard to follow. Plus they have the benefit of setting up thoughtful episodic parallels between the characters: see Geralt de-cursing the Strega producing a beautiful princess that retains her feral attitude while Yennifer is transformed. Or Geralt learning the cost of interfering in his conflict with Renfri and being cast from Blaviken mirrors Ciri learning the cost of her grandmother’s pride and having to flee Cintra.

Yennifer is a comment on race, and not disability. This is a world where elves have been enslaved, killed or driven out and her disfigurement is a mark of her tainted blood. She doesn’t want a baby, not really, she just wants someone, anyone, to love her.

Geralt seems a total trope with his brooding, glaring, monster hunting and man-of-few-words thing, but his overriding virtue (and point of the show) is compassion in subversion of the trope.

Yeah lots of women die but it’s because they’re out fighting wars and taking revenge and marrying kings and not to motivate male characters.

Seriously I swear everyone out their writing bad takes watched an entirely different program.