I guess… what I’m truly asking you is… is this what pleases you?
There’s much to appreciate in season two of Netflix’s The Witcher, but many followers of the fan-favorite bard Jaskier are left, well, wanting. Our major protagonist, the Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia, opens up a considerable amount from the grunty hmm-er we met in season one—with a notable, puzzling, and canonically heartbreaking exception.
In season one, their dynamic seemed to be founded on a shared “this man is a disaster. I should defend him.” It’s notably one of the longest relationships we see Geralt maintain, and undoubtedly the closest, albeit the program chooses to leave a lot of the basis of it offscreen.
Jaskier is caught up in Geralt’s destiny, but he’s clearly not to blame for it—Geralt makes his way to both Ciri and Yennefer, through his own choices, but also undoubtedly because of Jaskier. Yet unlike the women Geralt’s linked to, the bond between Geralt and Jaskier is a decision, one that both of them make over and over for decades.
When It Comes to Risking His Life, Jaskier Stands Out.
Netflix Batey recently claimed to Metro that Jaskier “He’s more emotionally open, involved, and brave as a result of these changes. This is the first time in his life that he’s put his life on the line for something that he believes in, and that was a huge accomplishment for him.”
In the second season, Jaskier has a more worn-down appearance, and his first scene features him singing a ballad that is almost certainly about Geralt. A worn-out Jaskier goes by the elf disguise of “Sandpiper” to aid refugees fleeing a city so they can return to Cintra.
He puts his own life in danger to save the elves, using his charisma and quick-talking to hide them on ships at sea. Batey chimed in, too “For a while, we see Jaskier in his element, and then he’s suddenly out of his element, and he ends up in some genuine danger as a result.
This has the feel of anguish and an effort.” Batey went on to remark that all of “these characters are going through some huge stuff, and I believe that’s hopefully what’s going to be imparted on the viewer,” referring to Jaskier’s experience.
Geralt, Ciri (Freya Allan), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Jaskier are all back in Season 2 of “The Witcher,” which is a welcome homecoming for fans of the series. Jaskier’s role in the upcoming season is still up in the air, but we can expect plenty of clever banter and new songs from the legendary bard.