A treat for fans of the White Wolf.
Netflix’s The Witcher has finally arrived, and it’s definitely worth the wait (check out my full review here). Filling the void of fantasy TV left behind by Game Of Thrones, The Witcher has many books’ worth of lore and stories to derive from.
The first season of The Witcher is only eight episodes long, which means that they gloss over some of the details. They also included easter eggs that only readers of the source material or those who’ve played the popular CD Projekt Red games would understand.
Here are some of the possible or potential easter eggs/references that I’ve discovered in Netflix’s The Witcher:
1. Using Witcher Signs
In my review, I pointed out that Netflix’s The Witcher doesn’t properly introduce some of its concepts to newcomers. It’s a fantasy series, so they expect that viewers would have no problem seeing Henry Cavill’s Geralt Of Rivia using magic. However, they don’t really bother to explain them at all in the entire first season.
Witchers are those who have been augmented with mutations, allowing them to be much stronger and faster than a normal human, as well as capable of using simple magical spells referred to as Witcher Signs.
There are various Witcher Signs that are offensive or defensive in nature. For example, throughout Netflix’s The Witcher, Geralt’s commonly-used Sign is called Aard, the attack where it looks like he’s pushing enemies away using a Jedi Force Push of sorts.
We also see him using another Sign called Quen against the Striga in episode three: Betrayer Moon. Geralt uses Quen to fortify the stone coffin that he’s using to defend himself from the Striga while waiting for dawn to arrive and break the curse.
I’m just waiting for Geralt to use Igni, my favourite Sign from the games, where he fires a jet of flame from his hand. However, he will likely only use this as a last resort, if we ever see this Sign in Netflix’s The Witcher, that is.
2. Wild Hunt Reference
The writers managed to sneak in a throwaway easter egg line to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, or just the Wild Hunt itself, in the very first episode of the series: The End’s Beginning, when spoken by Jodhi May’s Queen Calanthe.
The Wild Hunt is one of the most powerful enemies in The Witcher lore. Featured in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the main antagonists, they are a group of armoured Elves who travel to other worlds and dimensions in order to search for power or wreak chaos.
They are led by King Eredin, who seeks Ciri in the games for her Elder Blood (which gives her great power). I’m not sure if they appear in the source material as well, but if they do, then they might be appearing sooner or later in Netflix’s The Witcher.
3. Vesemir and Kaer Morhen Reference
In the very first episode: The End’s Beginning, Geralt mentions Vesemir and Kaer Morhen. Newcomers might not find those names very interesting for now, but they have a lot to do with Geralt’s background and past.
Vesemir is the name of a veteran Witcher who was responsible for raising and training Geralt to become a Witcher. Kaer Morhen is an ancient fortress keep where Witchers are trained and undergo mutations.
Legendary actor Mark Hamill has expressed interest in portraying Vesemir. Who knows? He might be appearing in future seasons.
4. Conjunction Of The Spheres
This term is thrown around a lot in Netflix’s The Witcher, but they never bothered to explain what the heck it means to newcomers. The Conjunction Of The Spheres is a cataclysmic event on the scale of the Big Bang, where creatures from other worlds and dimensions find themselves trapped in the world that The Witcher is set in.
That is how all the creatures and monsters exist in the world of The Witcher, they literally came from other worlds and dimensions. Interestingly, humans were not native to the world before the Conjunction Of The Spheres, which is why the Elves regard most humans as invaders.
It is also because of the Conjunction Of The Spheres that humanity could harness magic in the world of The Witcher, which they use against the Elves and other creatures both in the past and present.
Dimeritium is mentioned in Netflix’s The Witcher and even used by the sorceress Fringilla against Rectoress Tissaia during the Battle Of Sodden Hill in episode eight: Much More. Again, the series doesn’t explain what Dimeritium is, or what it does.
In the world of The Witcher, Dimeritium is a special sort of metal which suppresses magical power. That is why it induced something that looked like an allergic reaction when Fringilla used it against Rectoress Tissaia.
It’s essentially Kryptonite for magic users in The Witcher.
6. Lilac And Gooseberries
In episode five: Bottled Appetites, Geralt says that Yennefer’s scent smells like “lilac and gooseberries”. In the games, that’s how Geralt always remembers her by; her scent. It is so ingrained into the lore of their relationship and romance that there’s even a song in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that mentions it in its lyrics.
That song is also one of my all-time favourite piece of video game music. I definitely recommend that you take the time to listen to it in the videos below (one is in English while the other is cover sung in its original Polish):
7. White Flame
Viewers might notice that the invading Nilfgaardians and sorceress Fringilla keep mentioning that they follow the “White Flame”. The White Flame refers to the Emperor of Nilfgaard, whose true name is Emhyr var Emreis.
His nickname is Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd, which translates to ‘The White Flame Dancing on the Barrows of his Enemies’. He will probably appear in later seasons, though we don’t know who will be portraying him as of yet.
Game Of Thrones actor Charles Dance (who famously played Tywin Lannister in the HBO series) actually voiced Emperor Emhyr in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. How awesome would it be if Netflix decides to cast him?
Unfortunately, he’s probably a bit too old to play Emperor Emhyr by now. That didn’t stop Robert De Niro from starring in Netflix’s The Irishman. With the help of de-ageing tech, anything is possible.
8. Bathtub Geralt
Even before Netflix’s The Witcher premiered on 20 December 2019, the trailers already unveiled a reference to one of the most popular memes from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; bathtub Geralt.