‘The Witcher’: What Happens to Yennefer in the Season 1 Finale?

Yennefer’s (Anya Chalotra) journey in The Witcher was powerful to see come to life on screen. By the finale of episode 8 of the Netflix series, Yennefer proves she is a force to be reckoned with and holds immense power. As The Witcher Season 2 premieres on Dec 17., fans might need a refresher of where the first season left off the mage character and where her story will lead next.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Witcher.]

Yennefer from 'The Witcher' Season 1 still by a cliff and beach.
Yennefer from ‘The Witcher’ Season 1 still | via Netflix

Who is Yennefer of Vengerberg in ‘The Witcher’?

The female character’s story begins in 1210, according to the timeline by Forbes. She was born with a hunchback and a facial deformity. She is called an abomination by the townspeople. One unique feature about Yennefer is her bright violet eyes. In The Witcher Episode 2, Yennefer is sold by her father to Tissaia de Vries (MyAnna Buring) and taken to Aretuza. She soon undergoes training to become a mage.

Despite showing initial power, she fails at many tasks Tissaia gives her. Fans learn she is part elf on her father’s side. Her elf blood caused her deformity. She misses initiation when the chapter decides she will serve Nilfgaard rather than Aedirn.

Realizing her chance at power is slipping away, she takes matters into her own hands and demands the enchanter to make her beautiful and fulfill the ritual. Yennefer becomes beautiful and plants herself with the king of Aedirn. Throughout The Witcher, Yennefer yearns to have a child after the ritual made her barren.

She also meets Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and begins a complex on-again-off-again love story.

She defeats Nilfgaard in ‘The Witcher’ Episode 8

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The final episode of The Witcher Season 1 has Yennefer letting go of her chaos. In previous events, she went to see the council and the other mages to discuss Nilfgaard and their plans to take over Cintra. While the council votes in Nilfgaard’s favor, Tissaia, and other mages band together to stop them at Sodden.

As Nilfgaard arrives, Yennefer, the mages, and the remaining citizens fight them off. The mages start to lose the battle and Tissaia is wounded. Tissaia tells Yennefer she must follow her destiny and let go of her chaos.

Yennefer taps into her buried rage. She thinks back to the insults she was subjected to by her father, the townspeople, and others. Filled with rage, she emits fire from her hands burning alive every Nilfgaard soldier in the forest. All the while, she protects Tissaia from the flames. In the aftermath of the battle, Tissaia can’t find Yennefer.

Will Yennefer return in ‘The Witcher’ Season 2?

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The second season of the Netflix series promises even more turmoil for the main characters. But what does this mean for Yennefer? According to Nerdist, Yennefer will likely continue her journey to have a child and possibly remeet Geralt.

The showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich also teased a small detail about Yennefer and Jaskier (Jey Batey). She doesn’t give details about what fans can expect exactly from the characters. Hissrich promises one of Jaskier’s songs will be a highlight moment for Yennefer.

In a season 2 trailer, Yennefer is seen in trouble. She likely fell into the hands of the enemy and a prisoner. Fans will have to wait and see where Yennefer’s story will take her.

The Witcher Season 2 will premiere on Netflix on Dec.17