The Witcher season 1 episode 8 recap
It was a long journey for Geralt de Rivia (Henry Cavill), Yennefer de Vengerberg (Anya Chalorta) and Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan), but they must all face their toughest challenges in the eighth and final episode of the first season of The Netflix. . Witcher
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Hell of a way to go
After finding the castle empty and without Cirilla, Geralt rushes into the forest in his search, stumbling over a merchant trying to make a decent burial to the dead Cintran citizens in the burning refugee camp (see Episode 2). Geralt senses evil in the area and warns the man to go home, only to be ignored and to leave him in his apparent death as vampire-like creatures rise from the ground in an attempt to eat him, but the wizard returns and saves the man. man. He engages in a battle with a large group of creatures and, while victorious, is bitten in the leg by one of them and falls apparently unconscious after saying goodbye to Roach.
A dark future awaits
After taking possession of whatever the entity was at the end of the previous episode, Ciri is awakened in the middle of the field by the woman she met at the market to find her attempts to impaled robbers on various trees in the surrounding area. The woman offers Ciri comfort and the country guide to take her home to shelter.
An Impossible Battle
Yennefer and 60 mages go to the small village of Sodden Hill, hoping to halt Nilfgaard's advance in the north, with villagers being driven from their homes due to the war. Locals team up with wizards and soldiers to make weapons, including arrows, bottles filled with phosphorous rock, and fortify the castle for imminent attack. While chilling at night and enjoying a meal and drink with the locals, Triss and Yennefer do, with the former revealing that she crossed the path with Geralt while fighting a shtriga (see Episode 3) and the latter stating that the Fate has more than likely led him down an unpleasant path ever since, choosing not to tell of their love for each other. Meanwhile, Fringilla informs Cahir that the Brotherhood has reached Sodden and fortified the castle, but that it will withdraw them and that they must attack now if he has any hope of reaching Cirilla.
A look into the past
While the bite should kill him, Geralt wakes up in the back of the merchant's wagon while taking the wizard to his farm to help heal him better. Under the influence of bite poison, Geralt has flashbacks from his childhood, in which it was revealed that his mother Visenna was a witch and that after caring for him, one day she drove him into the woods in a wagon and abandoned him. while he went to fetch water for her. After his abandonment, he was captured by a man named Vesemir. After waking up a second time in the wagon, he drinks a potion and uses the rest on his wound and asks to be taken to the Blue Mountains, as "he" will help. While unconscious in the woods, Geralt dreams of Renfri and Yennefer taking care of his health before having a vision of his mother, whom he scolds for letting Vesemir turn him into a wizard and questioning how she could leave him under the guise of that fate would bring them together again. He wakes up and asks to be taken to the merchant's farm so that he can properly stock Roach for a trip to the Blue Mountains, with the merchant offering beer and food as a reward for saving his early life.
Let the battle begin
While the locals and wizards sleep, one of Nilfgaard's wizards uses his powers to conjure a large fireball to be catapulted into the castle, with Yennefer waking up just in time to send it in another direction. The magician summons another, but is burned to death by him and Fringilla forges a mysterious metal box and delivers it to another magician, who quickly approaches the castle early in the morning to establish a thick fog for the soldiers to approach without be seen. Yennefer goes to the watchtower and uses her powers to keep an eye on the battlefield, pointing soldiers at Triss to cast poison mushrooms to kill, Coral seemingly crushing her insides with her mind and Sabrina to toss the bottles of phosphorus she shoots from her. sky, raining the burning death upon the soldiers. Vilgefortz portals to Cahir's location and engages in a fight with him, being defeated and kicked down the hill, where he hits his head on a log below, apparently killing him. The northern wizards begin to lose the battle when Fringilla opens the castle gates, summons a portal for archers to shoot arrows and kill combatants, and the magician who flees from the fog disappears while delivering the mysterious box that opens to reveal that it is full. of snakes. as creatures. As Yennefer tries to reach Tissaia, she confronts Fringilla and the latter comes out victorious using the dimeritium to counteract her powers. Yennefer notes that Coral and Atlan, another magician, are butchered by soldiers of Nilfgaard and Triss, who created a thick vine wall to keep out soldiers, was badly burned by a torch pointed through the bush. Sabrina hands two boys a bottle of match, apparently in a trance, and surprises Yennefer by stabbing it in the stomach with an arrow. Yennefer notices that one of the snake-like creatures is in Sabrina's ear, apparently controlling her, and the boys throw their bottles at the rest of them, causing an explosive chain reaction that seriously damages the castle and sends Yennefer and Sabrina flying out of the water. watchtower, the first landing and surviving while the last dies.
The ultimate sacrifice
Struggling to continue the fight, Yennefer psychically calls any ally in the area to help, with Tissaia hearing the call but unable to respond due to the dimeritium and Vilgefortz waking up and killing another northern wizard, marking him as a traitor in some capacity. As the battle begins, Geralt listens in the distance and asks the merchant to take him there, while Ciri can see the battle on the woman's farm. As a last effort, Yennefer absorbs the fire as she did the lightning bolts (see episode 2) and climbs a nearby cliff, throwing it at the soldiers and the forest area lightning apparently burning them all to death while keeping Tissaia alive. and Cahir watching from a distance. After the last fire passes through her, Tissaia opens her eyes to see the scorched earth and Yennefer emerges from the cliff, calling her name when Geralt arrives on the battlefield and does the same.
People bound by destiny will always meet
Ciri wakes up from visions of Tissaia and Geralt calling for Yennefer and decides to stroll through the woods when an unknown cart approaches the farm. It is revealed that the wagon is that of the merchant, whose wife is the one who took Ciri and informs him of it. Geralt, after hearing the conversation, goes to the forest in search of Ciri and after not finding her initially is surprised to see her running until he and the two embrace. After confirming that the people connected by fate will meet, Ciri looks at him and asks who Yennefer is, with the wizard giving no answer as he cuts the credits.