'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' revealed the dark history of Kaer Morhen.
A lot has happened in 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf', but the most notable thing is how the anime sets up the events of the upcoming second season of Netflix's live-action.
'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' is set decades before Henry Cavill's live-action series. It features the golden days of the witchers and the eventual fall of Kaer Morhen. Most importantly, it clears up the reason behind the animosity of humans against the witchers, as seen in Geralt's time.
Here are some of the main highlights of the anime and how it sets up the future of 'The Witcher' season 2.
The remaining half of 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' focuses on the hunt for Kitsu, a dangerous mutated hybrid human-kahr creature. Kitsu has been found kidnapping and experimenting on children. Vesemir, Tetra, and Filavandarel’s investigations uncovered that Kitsu was a product of "mutagenic alchemy."
The secret was said to be "known only to the mages of Kaer Morhen." That means that the witchers have been creating their own monsters so people would still need them.
Distraught by the information, Vesemir confronts his mentor Deglan. Deglan admits that he is the brain behind the whole scheme. Deglan is doing it to prevent humans from killing the witchers.
"The only thing keeping men from hunting us," Deglan says, "are the scarier beasts we keep away."
Vesemir does not share his mentor's ideals and the two clashed. Tetra, Kitsu, and their forces arrived and a battle ensues. Deglan gets fatally wounded.
In his last words, he regrets his past actions and tells Vesemir to mold the younger generation of Kaer Morhen into “better men.”
The death of Deglan signifies the end of the brutal lineage of the witchers. Vesemir created more considerate monster slayers out of the new generation.
We see a bald child occasionally appearing throughout 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'. We found out that the child is Geralt in the final moments of the film.
Geralt is one of the four children who managed to flee Kaer Morhen after its fall. Vesemir hands the young Geralt his medallion, which gives us a clear picture of its true sentimental value.
'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' sets up the dark history that explains why the humans treated the witchers in Geralt's time so badly. The monsters that Deglan created are enough to arouse suspicions on the credibility of the witchers. The anime shed light on why the witchers are feared and ostracized by humans during Geralt's time.
Geralt and the new generation of witchers will have to pay for the price of Deglan's actions. No one knows how long the stigma will last.
The mighty Kaer Morhen gets reduced to ashes by the end of 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'.
The fire has razed most of the fortress. The children have no choice but to escape, including Geralt.
But just like any endings, the fall of Kaer Morhen brings a new beginning. Vesemir is the last remaining senior witcher, which means that the responsibility of leading the witchers now falls on his shoulders.
'The Witcher' season 2 is confirmed to revisit Kaer Morhen. Geralt will return to his home and train his adopted daughter Ciri to become an honorary Witcher.
We expect to see a reunion of the witchers, including Vesemir.
An older Vesemir is confirmed to appear on 'The Witcher' season 2, played by Kim Bodnia.
"I am so thrilled to welcome Kim Bodnia to the cast of The Witcher," showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said after the casting announcement via Deadline. "I have admired his unique talents in shows like Killing Eve and The Bridge, and cannot wait for him to bring strength, tenacity, and warmth to the character of Vesemir, who is such an integral part of our upcoming season."
Season 2 will likely give us the remaining puzzles of Geralt's history. What happened after Vesemir took him under his wing? Hopefully, we'll get to see some flashbacks of Vesemir training and guiding Geralt into the strongest Witcher in history (at least, before Ciri came).