The final episodes of The Witcher season 3 are crucial for Ciri as she begins the next chapter of her journey but an encounter with Falka has left many asking if Ciri loses her magic.
*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Witcher season 3* — Episode 7 of The Witcher season 3 is a crucial one for Ciri as she finds herself in Korath desert where she encounters a unicorn and experiences visions of her ancestors but one meeting in particular has raised questions after Ciri seemingly relinquished her magical powers.
Ciri’s fiery meeting with Falka
As well as meeting visions of her late mother and grandmother, Ciri also encounters an apparition of Falka, the leader of a bloody rebellion 100 years before the events of The Witcher, who is confirmed to be one of Ciri’s ancestors in the Netflix series, although the books leave their connection somewhat more ambiguous.
During their dehydration-fueled encounter, Falka persuades Ciri to tap into forbidden fire magic to heal the unicorn she had been traveling with through the desert.
After the proves successful in healing the wounded creature, Falka then changes tact and begins trying to bring out Ciri’s dark side, attempting to convince her to use her powers to burn down the political system that runs the Continent.
However, after Falka says that even Ciri’s closest friends, including Geralt and Yennefer, will look to betray her in the future, the young princess rejects her destructive proposals.
Does Ciri lose her magic in The Witcher?
Yes, Ciri does give up her magic and no longer has her powers by the end of season 3.
As the fire magic threatens to consume Ciri during her final encounter with Falka, where she is shown her visions of her friends meeting grizzly fates, Ciri panics and relinquishes her powers to stop the visions.
The consequences of these actions aren’t immediately clear as Ciri passes out the moment the vision ends and later wakes up to find herself a captive of the bandit group known as the Trappers.
But Ciri’s story in The Witcher books confirms that she completely gives up her magical abilities and no longer has the powers that she and Yennefer had been so intent on honing earlier in season 3.
Season 4 and beyond will be crucial for Ciri
As well as the visions of her family members in episode 7, Ciri also encounters a unicorn in the Korath desert, who she names Little Horse, that helps to lead the princess through the barren wasteland.
While the encounter with the unicorn may seem like another dehydration-fueled hallucination, the creature was very much there and more notably, plays a key role in Ciri’s future.
In the book The Lady of the Lake, Ciri encounters Little Horse again, although the unicorn’s real name is Ihuarraquax, when she travels to the world of the Aen Elle elves, a world that is inhabited by the spectral Wild Hunt.
The unicorn helps her escape by teaching Ciri her greatest power, the ability to travel between different spheres, The Witcher’s equivalent of the multiverse.
So rather than being able to channel Chaos into magic as the mages and sorceresses of the Continent can do, Ciri ends up with a much different power.
This not only gives Ciri the ability to jump between worlds, but it may also provide the basis for The Witcher’s recasting of Henry Cavill with Liam Hemsworth, depending on how comments from the show’s producer Tomek Baginski are interpreted.
The Witcher season 3 is available to stream in full on Netflix after volume 2 arrived on July 27, 2023.
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