The Witcher season 1 ends with Yennefer’s fate unknown, Nilfgaard’s army (temporarily) defeated, and Geralt of Rivia finally united with his Child of Surprise, Ciri. Drawing on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books of short stories The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish, as well as the first Witcher novel Blood of Elves, the first season of the Netflix shows establishes the three core characters and their place in the Continent.
In the series premiere, “The End’s Beginning,” the kingdom of Cintra is invaded by Nilfgaard, a southern empire that has been waging a warpath across the Continent. Ciri is left alone after her grandparents, Queen Calanthe and King Eist, are killed in the invasion, and for most of the season she is left struggling to fend for herself as she is relentlessly pursued by Cahir, a Nilfgaardian knight. Meanwhile, a long way in the past, a peasant girl called Yennefer with a twisted spine and jaw is bought from her father and brought to Aretuza, a school for training young women to become sorceresses.