The Witcher Featurette Unsheathes the Inspiration for Season 2’s First Episode


The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich reveals the popular folktale Season 2’s opening episode was inspired by and how it was used for the show.

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Season 2 of The Witcher. Now available for streaming on Netflix.

Viewers might’ve noticed similarities between the first episode of Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 and another classic tale, and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich revealed the inspiration was intentional.

In The Witcher Season 2 “By the Book” featurette for the episode, “A Grain of Truth,” Hissrich discussed the process behind bringing this story to life. “We tried to really keep the tenets of the short story the same,” said the showrunner, “and it really is based on sort of a Beauty and the Beast folklore. What we start to learn over the episode is that he’s been cursed, and in fact, he is quite empathetic at times.”


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In the episode, Geralt of Rivia and Ciri come across Nivellen, a man cursed to live a Beast-like existence as a boar/bear hybrid in his secluded manor. Despite the drastic change in his appearance, Geralt realizes that Nivellen is his old friend, and Geralt and Ciri are allowed to stay in his home to rest up before they continue their journey to Kaer Morhen. But the more time they spend in this mysterious manor, the more they come to understand that all is not as it seems.

A bruxa named Vereena lives in the manor with Nivellen — but she’s no Belle. Vereena is a higher species of vampire who’s been feeding on and killing local villagers, and Nivellen forgives her of this because she accepts him for who he is. Geralt, however, isn’t so willing to let this go.


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“A Grain of Truth” is just one story from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels Netflix’s The Witcher adapts. The majority of Season 2 adapts the events and characters of Blood of Elves, though Hissrich previously teased at least one major storyline from the novel is being saved for Season 3. However, she did not specify what story this was.

Much of The Witcher Season 3 will adapt the events of Time of Contempt, the second novel in the main Witcher saga. Hissrich has promised the next season will involve a lot of action and death, and that the story will follow the book closely.


Season 2 of The Witcher is available for streaming on Netflix.

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