Recap – what happened in The Witcher Season 3 Volume 2? (Episodes 6-8)

By Lori Meek
Published: July 27, 2023 (Last updated: August 17, 2023)
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Recap - what happened in The Witcher Season 3 Volume 2 (Episodes 6-8)

We recap the 2023 Netflix series The Witcher Season 3 Volume 2? (Episodes 6-8), which contains spoilers as it details what happened.

A lot happens in the final three episodes of The Witcher’s third installment. Aretuza falls, Ciri ends up in the desert, Yen takes charge of the mages, and Geralt almost dies in battle. This season also marks Henry Cavill’s final appearance as the eponymous character, adding a layer of sadness to the tale. 

Arguably, the first episode serves as the ending to the storyline that started at the beginning of the season, followed by two episodes setting up the new and more dangerous path Ciri, Geralt, and Yennefer must take. 

Several important characters are killed off, including Yennefer’s mentor and mother figure. 

Recap – what happened in The Witcher Season 3 Volume 2? (Episodes 6-8)

Episode 6 – “Everybody Has a Plan ‘Till They Get Punched in the Face”

Dijkstra and Phillipa are behind a coup at Aretuza with plans to reveal who in the Brotherhood is actually on the Nilfgaardian side. Tissaia puts an end to it because she can’t believe the allegation against her lover, Vilgefortz. 

She’s soon proved wrong as Vilgefortz reveals his betrayal and opens a portal that lets Nilfgaardian soldiers and the elven army Francesca rules inside Aretuza. The raging battle all but destroys Aretuza, and only a handful of mages survive, while Tissaia uses magic that almost kills her. 

At first, Yennefer makes a run for it with Ciri and Geralt but decides to help fight with the Brotherhood due to her loyalty to Tissaia. 

Geralt fights with Vilgefortz and loses, and the villain leaves him just about clinging to life. 

Vilgefortz reveals he wants to mentor Ciri and teach her how to use her power. Instead, Ciri makes the tower explode, injuring the evil mage. 

The episode ends with Aretuza in ruins, Ciri’s fate uncertain, and Geralt close to death. 

Episode 7 – “Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan”

Most of the episode follows Ciri as she’s trying to survive navigating the Korath Desert, also known as the continent’s Frying Pan, alone. 

During her journey, she sees illusions of her mother and grandmother, both berating her for everything she’s done since the fall of Cintra. She also comes across and makes friends with a unicorn. 

A Hooded Woman who’s been stalking Ciri through the desert reveals herself to be Falka, a former princess burned at the stake for committing patricide, among other atrocities. Falka convinces Ciri to use fire magic to save the unicorn’s life, but she wants the princess to tap into her dark side and burn the continent down. 

Ciri is too frightened to fully allow the darkness to take over, and when she wakes up, she’s at the edge of the desert and dragged away by some unknown men. 

Meanwhile, Geralt is recovering from his injuries in Brokilon Forest but may not survive. The war is raging across the continent, and Jaskier has heard that Ciri has been captured by Nilfgaard and is on her way to Emhyr. 

Episode 8 – “The Cost of Chaos”

The episode mostly sets up things in preparation for the next season, and the whole runtime feels like a cliffhanger. 

Geralt is slowly recovering in Brokilon. He wants to go looking for Ciri, but Milva convinces him to stay until he’s fully recovered. Jaskier stays at Geralt’s side throughout his long and painfully slow recovery. 

At Aretuza, Tissaia can’t recover from her broken heart, so she makes the ultimate sacrifice to Yennefer’s despair. She now has to take charge of the mages and is preparing to up against Vilgefortz. 

Yennefer visits Geralt in Brokilon and heals him. The two say a tearful goodbye to each other, vowing to see each other again. 

Emhyr announces the arrival of Princess Cirilla, but the girl presented to his court is actually Teryn, the young novice Geralt had saved from the cave earlier in the season. 

On his way to Nilfgaard, Geralt battles a group of soldiers and sends one off with a message for Emhyr; The White wolf will stop at nothing to get reunited with Ciri. 

The real Ciri was captured by bounty hunters, but a band of outcasts helped her escape. She joins them but also tells them her name is Falka. 

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