- Warning: Major spoilers ahead for “The Witcher” season three.
- In the final episode, Ciri adopts a new identity.
- Insider breaks down what this could mean for the future of “The Witcher.”
“The Witcher” lead character Ciri adopts a new identity at the end of the season three finale — and it could mean big things for the Netflix drama.
In the new season, everyone on the Continent is trying to capture Ciri (played by Freya Allen) so that they can claim her magical powers for themselves.
In the battle of Aretuza in episode six, Ciri is separated from her friends Jaskier (Joey Batey), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Geralt (Henry Cavill), and transported to a desert world.
In episode seven, Ciri goes on a spiritual journey and encounters visions of her dead parents and the former quarter-elf, Falka (Hiftu Quasem), who teaches her how to use fire magic. However, Ciri renounces all her magic when Falka tries to corrupt her further.
After returning to civilization in the series finale, Ciri is captured by a group of thugs. Before they can sell her, another group of criminals arrives and slaughters the thugs to free their friend, who was captured alongside Ciri. When they ask Ciri her name, she tells them her name is Falka.
Here is what to know about the history of Falka, and what this twist could mean for future seasons of “The Witcher.”
Falka is often referred to as ‘Bloody Falka’ because she killed her family and started a rebellion
Hiftu Quasem as Falka in “The Witcher” season three, episode seven.
According to “The Witcher” novel lore, Falka was a former princess of Redania, the first-born daughter of King Vridank of Redania and Beatrix of Kovir. However, when her parents got divorced, Falka and her mother were sent back to Kovir while Vridank married another woman, called Cerro, and had two more children.
Twenty-five years later, Falka rallied a rebellion to kill her father, her stepmother, and two half-brothers — earning her the nickname “Bloody Falka.”
Falka’s rebels successfully captured Redania, but upon expanding into other kingdoms, they were defeated and Falka was burned at the stake.
However, according to the lore, before Falka died, she swore one of her children will avenge her.
What could this mean for Ciri?
Freya Allan as Ciri in “The Witcher” season three, episode seven.
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In “The Witcher” novels, there are two prophecies. One is that a child with Elder Blood will be a savior of the world, and the other is that a child with the same blood will destroy it.
It’s believed a descendant of Falka will be the destroyer of the world, while a descendant of elf sorceress Lara Dorren will be the savior.
At one point, the descendants of both characters were raised as siblings in a prison cell. Due to their adoptive mother losing her mind, it isn’t known which of the descendants is related to Falka, and which is related to Lara Dorren.
Book fans believe that Ciri, who has Elder Blood, is the descendant of Lara Dorren, but she could just as easily be a descendant of Falka, and thus destined to destroy the world.
By adopting Falka’s name at the end of season three, “The Witcher” appears to be teasing a darker side to Ciri in season four.
Allan told Insider ahead of the release of season three that the show is “definitely” going down a darker path in season four.
“She hasn’t felt that yet,” Allan explained. “I think she feels loss of herself in that moment and a loss of her innocence. And I think that that is only gonna continue into the rest of her story. And I’m scared and excited to explore it.”
Another important thing to remember is that Ciri renounced her magical abilities before returning to the real world. In the novels, as a result of renouncing her abilities, Ciri was unable to get them back for some time. So, even if she wants to get her powers back in season four, she may not be able to.
“The Witcher” season three, volume two, is available now on Netflix.
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