Who is Falka in The Witcher Season 3? Explained

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Published: July 28, 2023 (Last updated: July 31, 2023)
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Who is Falka in The Witcher Season 3

Who is Falka in The Witcher Season 3? We discuss the popular Netflix series and one of the crucial plot points.

In episode 7 of The Witcher season 3, volume 2, Princess Ciri finds herself separated from her adopted parents, Geralt and Yennefer, and stranded in the Korath desert after she blew up Tor Lara at Aretuza. 

While trying to survive the harsh environment, the princess comes across a mysterious Hooded Woman, who later reveals herself to be Falka, another princess with Elven blood who was burned at the stake over a century prior for her crimes.  

Does Ciri become Falka?

While Ciri doesn’t turn into Falka, she does take her name as an alias when introducing herself to the Rats, the group of criminals who help her escape from the bounty hunter.

When Ciri first speaks to Falka in the desert, the two meet in the illusion of a darkened tavern. That is the same tavern where Ciri wakes up tied to a post after the bounty hunters pick them up from the edge of the desert.  

One member of the Rats, Kayleigh, had also been captured by a bounty hunter. When the group burst into the tavern to rescue him, they also untied Ciri and encouraged her to fight and kill the bounty hunter planning to take her to Nilfgaard. 

This was the first time Ciri had taken a human life. And after the fight, she declared her name as Falka. 

Why does Ciri call herself Falka?

While the series isn’t explicitly clear about why Ciri took on the Falka alias, there are several potential reasons. Falka was Ciri’s guide in the desert and tempted her to cross the line by using Fire Magic to save the unicorn’s life. 

Falka encouraged Ciri to use her powers because of her elder blood to destroy the continent.

While Ciri found the Hooded Woman’s words and visions frightening, especially when Falka insisted that Ciri also needs to kill the people she loves because they will end up betraying her, she seemed to enjoy tapping into her true abilities. 

Of course, there’s a practical reason why Ciri wouldn’t tell a bunch of thieves she just met who she is.

The princess is the most wanted woman on the continent. Everyone from Emhyr to Francesca tries to find and use her for their agendas. Keeping her identity a secret is the most sensible thing she could do in her situation. 

Is Ciri a descendant of Falka?

In the novels, Ciri may or may not be a descendant of Falka, but Netflix does confirm the familial relation between the two princesses.

The official bio for Ciri states she is a descendant of Falka and Lara Dorren, the elven mage who broke the rules by falling in love with a human and starting Ciri’s bloodline. 

Who is Falka in The Witcher Season 3?

Ciri meets Falka in the desert over 100 years after her fiery execution. She was born a princess to Redadia’s King and Queen, Vridank and Beatrix of Kovir. Because her father set Queen Beatrix aside to remarry, Falka led a brutal rebellion, which led to her killing the King and her half-brothers. 

She was eventually captured and burned at the stake. While recalling her crimes, Falka is unrepentant and confesses having carved her ears to look more like an elven (and more frightening). 

While we only meet Falka in season 3, she has been mentioned several times throughout the series. In season 2, the elf-hating Stregobor (Lars Mikkelsen) reveals he was at the rebellion, and Falka chopped up his hands during battle. (Yes, his hands are just an illusion like Lydia’s face). 

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