The premiere of season 2 of The Witcher was one of the highlights of 2021 and, although we left behind the new episodes of the series starring Henry Cavill more than a month ago, the truth is that its plots, new characters and consequences of what happened because of the already confirmed third instalment continue to speak among fans of fantasy fiction.
Affected by the delays of Covid-19 and an injury to its protagonist, fans of the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski ‘s famous literary work -also adapted into a famous video game saga- had to wait exactly two years between the broadcast of the first instalment and the debut of the second, which resulted, among other things, in a great physical change in one of its protagonists, the very young Freya Allen. The wait was long, but, as its ‘showrunner’ Lauren S. Hissrich promised a thousand times, the truth is that it was worth it.
Again great scenes from The Witcher of action, magic and fantasy in abundance and an engaging story in which, finally, we could enjoy Geralt and Ciri hand in hand, after it took them an entire season -the first- to meet. Another of the great novelties of The Witcher season 2 was introducing a whole collection of other The Witcher, who, like Geralt, trained in Kaer Morhen but who we had not yet had the opportunity to meet. And in doing so, a question has arisen among many fans: Why isn’t Geralt’s iconic hair and eye colour a common trait among members of this organization of monster-hunting wizards?
An imposing and unmistakable presence, Geralt of Rivia’s most distinctive features are his striking yellow eyes and shoulder-length white hair. An unusual appearance in humans that turns out to have nothing to do with the usual traits of other warlocks either. Geralt is the only monster hunter to appear in the first season of The Witcher. Still, now that we have seen him travel to his home, Kaer Morhen, in the second instalment and meet some of his “relatives”, it has become clear to us that none of these men shares his recognizable physical features with him.
Why is Great different from the other Warlocksof Kaer Morthen in Season 2?
Let’s analyze Geralt’s most distinctive features starting with his long white hair. We have to start by explaining that the answer has nothing to do with the fact that the character created by the Polish author in his fantasy saga is almost a century old.
As collected from the ScreenRant website, Who can find the answer by exploring The Witcher’s past a bit. Sorcerer’s apprentices begin training at a very young age. In addition to being trained in physical combat and through magic, their physiology is also altered to heighten their senses and abilities to the extreme. A chemical process called “Test of Herbs” is really painful and gives warlocks like Geralt their powers.
And there is the answer. In Geralt’s case, the mutation process was successful – some do not survive – but he was also the subject of further experimentation due to his remarkable ability to handle the process well. The side effects of these additional modifications caused his hair to turn white and his eyes to turn yellow—the reason why other warlocks lack both physical characteristics.
Eskel, Lambert, Coen… None of them is like Geralt. Vesemir, the oldest warlock and mentor, is the closest to sharing similar physical attributes, but he is ageing. Season 3 of The Witcher does not yet have a release date on Netflix, but we are already waiting for it with open arms.