The Witcher or aren’t otherwise familiar with the series’ timeline. The placement of the three main characters’ stories relative to one another is anything but straightforward. This has elicited a variety of reaction from viewers, including a healthy dose of confusion from those who were perplexed by the jumping around in time between narratives.
Now, Netflix is offering a tool to past, present and future Witcher fans to help understand its timeline in the form of a new interactive website.
In order to organize the site to be maximally helpful to anyone who has watched or will watch the show, events have been separated onto four distinct, smaller timelines: one each for the lifetimes of Geralt (in orange), Yennefer (in purple) and Ciri (in teal) respectively, as well as a fourth, grey timeline that includes events significant to the world of The Witcher that occur outside of the lives of its three principle protagonists.
It all starts with an event called the Conjunction of the Spheres that functionally introduces human and monster life to the world, and marks year zero. From there, 1160 years pass until Geralt of Rivia is born (the time in between includes a few relevant occurrences, like the birth of Stregobor the wizard and the origin of the first Witcher).
Yennefer is born 32 years later in 1192, during which Geralt seems to have been up to nothing more than living a standard fantasy-life. 1206 is the time at which the first event depicted in the show occurs—the beginning of Yennefer’s stay at the Aretuza Academy under the tutelage of Tissaia de Vries. It’s not until 1231 (making Geralt 71 years old) that the events of the series’ first episode take place.
These and other details also provide some unique insights into characters that were previously unavailable without the ability to directly pinpoint events relative to one another. Jaskier, for example, is 18 at the time he meets Geralt, and 41 years old during episode six, his final appearance in season one.
Scrolling past the final event that marks the end of season one triggers the message “va’esse deireádh aep eigan, va’esse eigh faidh’ar.” This phrase has been a part of Witcher lore for much longer than the Netflix series has been available, and when translated from the fictional Elder speak, means something akin to “something ends, something begins.”
Simply put, season two is on the way.
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