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Should The Witcher Fans Be Worried About Jaskier After Hearing The Latest News?

If you ever felt the burning need to toss a coin to a traveling monster hunter, then you are probably a fan of the hit streaming television show, "The Witcher." Based on the novels from Andrzej Sapkowski and the corresponding video games, "The Witcher" follows Geralt (Henry Cavill), a magically augmented human capable of tremendous feats of strength, as well as access to powerful magics and resistances.

The plot of the Netflix show's 1st season saw multiple timelines eventually converge, with Geralt picking up several allies along the way. These include the headstrong mage Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), the mysterious princess Ciri (Freya Allan), the court sorcerer Triss (Anna Shaffer), and everybody's favorite fast-talking bard Jaskier (Joey Batey).

Jaskier often acted as a comedic sidekick for Geralt during Season 1, and his antics often draw the pair into dangerous situations, like when Jaskier made a deal with an evil genie. He was also instrumental in spreading the good works of Geralt through the power of song, which was so effective that even people in the real world were singing "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher." However, a recent interview has teased something important about what may be in store for the aforementioned rapscallion.

Expect a more 'three-dimensional' Jaskier in Season 2 of the Witcher

Season 1 saw Jaskier kind of act as an opposite to Geralt –- whereas Geralt is often stoic and gruff, Jaskier is soft and emotional. It seems though that the writers for "The Witcher" have something else in mind for the character, and during the premiere of Season 2, Joey Batey said that the show was pushing the character to a dark place. He stated (via Metro), "For the first time he's risking his life to do something that is morally good, which is perhaps the first time he's done this in his life, so that was really rewarding."

The actor went on to elaborate that the Jaskier character will be much more developed and "three-dimensional" in Season 2. Batey added, "We get to see Jaskier in his element, and then we get to see him very suddenly not in his element, and that wrong footing and that sort of feeling of being out of place and out of time in some points ends him in some real trouble." 

Season 2 of "The Witcher" releases on Netflix on December 17, 2021, and fans of the show are eager to see where the plot goes. The final scenes of the first season saw Geralt finally catch up to Ciri, so it will be interesting to see how this new dynamic unfolds. Perhaps we may even get a song about it!