Lauren Hissrich, showrunner for The Witcher, says that Season 2 originally featured additional flashbacks involving Eskel and Geralt. Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz) are based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel series of the same name, which tells the storey of a monster hunter bound in fate.
As the second season of The Witcher begins, it explores the personal lives of Geralt and the other characters, looking for parallels between their stories and those of their video game counterparts.
Each version of The Witcher featured a deep friendship between Eskel and Geralt that may be referred to as brothers. Season 2 episode 2 “Kaer Morhen” features Geralt’s reaction to finding Eskel at Kaer Morhen, and since Geralt and Eskel were raised together in the School of the Wolf, it’s obvious that something is wrong.
Due to a leshy infection on Eskel, Geralt has no choice but to kill his buddy in order to protect their mentor. Fans of Netflix’s The Witcher only get a quick glimpse of Eskel and Geralt’s bond in the books and video games.
Hissrich recently engaged in a lengthy Twitter argument about the Season 2 character of Eskel and the explanations given by the show’s creators for the character’s limited appearance. According to Hissrich, the second season of The Witcher will feature more flashbacks highlighting Eskel and Geralt’s old friendship. These memories were used to emphasise the sacrifice Geralt made in order to slay Eskel. “I’d like to see them again sometime,” she says. Hissrich tweeted the following:
The richness of a novel is sometimes sacrificed in the process of adapting it for television, despite the fact that The Witcher does a fantastic job of interpreting its source material. Showrunners must strike a balance between transmitting information and holding viewers’ interest because of the differing speeds of the two mediums. It is important for authors to keep an eye on the issues raised by Hissrich’s words.
Some fans may wonder why Eskel’s flashbacks were deleted if the writers wanted to explore Geralt’s familial ties. As Geralt’s younger brother, Eskel has a special place in his heart. Investigating the history of Geralt’s connection with his daughter is a logical next step in our investigation. Because of this, it appears that the writers of The Witcher season 2 have decided to cut some of Eskel and Geralt’s backstory, but this does not mean that those flashbacks will never be shown on screen. Hissrich and the rest of the Witcher crew have yet to reveal their plans for season 3.