There are a lot of solid reasons why Geralt of Rivia doesn’t behead a vampire and then say, “Fangs for the memories,” in The Witcher. Unlike the first season of the show, this new film is animated. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf serves as a prologue film introducing Vesemir, Geralt’s instructor.
In the first sequence of Netflix’s animated spinoff, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, his mentor Vesemir battles the Leshen, and his sense of humor is more caustic and blunter. That disparity might be explained in part by the film’s finale, which revealed a number of worldbuilding aspects that carry over into the main series.
Vesemir is a young man who quit his job as a servant to pursue his dream of becoming a witch. “The Witcher” transforms him into one of the finest witchers in the world after going through gruesome preliminaries, analyses, and painful testing. Years later, the adjacent country Kaedwen hires Vesemir to battle a mysterious beast in the forest that is killing citizens. Tetra Gilcrest leads them to a mystically contaminated kitsu, where they locate witches that need to be eliminated.
The kitsu-mahr has been kidnapping female elves and experimenting on them to produce hybrids like herself. Still, she has only succeeded in creating one girl, with the others dying horribly. Finally, tetra persuades their monarch to execute genocide on the whole village after discovering proof that the witcher mages use mutagenic alchemy to create new monsters, effectively providing more employment for witchers. Tetra fabricates the death of the kitsu’s “daughter” by claiming Vesimir killed her, and the kitsu joins the humans in killing the witchers.
Only Vesemir and the youngsters who had recently passed the witcher trials are still alive. Geralt obtains his favorite piece of jewelry, the witcher wolf necklace, as a youngster. It’s also a symbol of Vesemir’s personal transformation, as the Witcher realizes that a family is all he wants. He’s perplexed by the novices, which stand in for the vast number of children he’ll never have owing to his Witcher transformation.
Nonetheless, at the end of the story, Vesemir appears to have found peace with his predicament in everyday life and instead accepts Geralt and his companions as his new wards, thereby making them the family he has been searching for all this time. Thus, it serves the film well that The Witcher: Nightmare of The Wolf manages to make this narrative element more of an effective method to link the histories of two key characters, rather than undermining Vesemir’s one moment in the limelight, by presenting Geralt at any point in time.
With the franchise’s popularity rising, there should be more opportunities for sequels like The Witcher: Nightmare of The Wolf, which expand on The Continent’s environment and the characters that inhabit it outside of the main plot.