Feb. 1, 2022

Witcher Season 2 Episode 4 Analysis: Redanian Intelligence


Welcome to our episode by episode analysis of The Witcher, where we focus on character psychology and relationships.   

𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦: 𝘞𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘝 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦.  

In this episode with Bundin and Manny (check out his music below!), we see Dijkstra sending an elven spy into Cintra, none other than Dara. Triss visits Kaer Mohren, where she is quickly rejected by Geralt romantically but enlisted to help train Ciri. She helps uncover both Ciri's monolith-toppling power and her Elder Blood.  

Meanwhile, in Gors Velen, Yen and Cahir are on the run, with an emotionally evocative encounter in the sewer and a surprising reunion with a newly matured bard, Jaskier, now acting as a rescuing Sandpiper. He is not mature enough, however, to avoid an altercation with the dock guard, and an act of redemption saves them all. But the lute crash at the end lets us know that not all is clear...  

Timecodes:

00:49 How the hosts found the Witcher
6:09 Dijkstra and King Vizimir in Redania; Vizimir's personality; comparison with other monarchs
14:00 Dijkstra commissions a spy in Cintra; Dijkstra's agenda
18:03 Geralt and Ciri meet Triss; Geralt seeks her help
26:16 How the fantasy world works
29:33 Triss asks Geralt to sleep with her; change in her personality
36:22 Lambert and Coen make fun of Ciri for dressing up
41:20 The discovery of stellacite and Ciri's screaming power
42:04 Geralt portals to Istredd
43:10 Triss and Vesemir discover Ciri's screaming power
44:45 Yen and Cahir: Why did Yen take Cahir?
49:00 Treatment of elves; comparison to Holocaust
54:02 Questioning Nilfgaard and Cahir's motives
56:27 Yen and Cahir's adventures in the sewer
1:00:49 Yen's outburst and Cahir comforting her
1:05:55 Cahir and Fringilla's loyalty to the White Flame
1:08:50 Who does Yennefer answer to? Analysis of her character
1:10:03 The Sandpiper; Jaskier's breakup song and growth
1:18:50 Jaskier's improvisation and altercation on the boat dock

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆'𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰: 𝗔 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻!
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