Ciri’s journey might adapt one of The Witcher novels’ darker storylines when the Netflix series returns for a new season, according to actor Freya Allan.
The Witcher saw Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt’s story arcs converge and depart in Season 3, which for better or for worse developed each character well enough to stand out as the show’s main protagonists. That season also increased the divide between fans, many of whom echoed Cavill’s concern over the adaptation of Geralt (Cavill’s departure left Geralt’s story up in the air even though Liam Hemsworth is now confirmed for the part). Fans are at least assured that Ciri’s journey will continue when Season 4 drops; actor Freya Allan even told RadioTimes that her character’s story will take a dark turn in line with Season 3’s ominous wrap-up.
Allen says she’s already read one of the scripts for Season 4, and without revealing clues to the plot teased her character’s turn toward a dark path. When asked to comment about the upcoming season, she said she’s curious to know the showrunners’ plans for Ciri moving forward. “I’m honestly just intrigued how they’re going to translate that story from the books because it’s… for Ciri’s journey, it’s a very pivotal moment in her storyline and takes quite a dark turn,” she said. “I’ll be intrigued to see how they translate that to the TV version. But the prospect is exciting, to get to take her through that journey.”
Ciri’s Dark Turn Foreshadowed
The Netflix series has so far highlighted Ciri’s noble characteristics despite her momentary descents into darkness. Season 3’s ambivalent ending even suggested she is part of Falka’s lineage and potentially the descendant prophesied as the advent of cataclysm. Ciri did introduce herself as Falka when she met the Rats in Season 3, likely foreshadowing the world’s destruction. Her affiliation with the Rats will feed her dark side as she participates in the group’s criminal acts. Allan didn’t share any details about the script but that arc is faithful to the novels, which also explored the dark aspects of Ciri’s powers.
Ciri isn’t the only character returning to The Witcher next season, as Yennefer (played by Anya Chalotra) and Geralt (Hemsworth) still have a lot of ground to cover in their story arcs. Laurence Fishburne also joins the cast as Regis, “a world-wise Barber-surgeon with a mysterious past who joins Geralt on his journey.” Fishburne’s character is integral to Geralt’s in Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel Baptism of Fire, also in a DLC expansion game to CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.