At the end of Witcher Season 2, one of the biggest villains was introduced at the end, The Wild Hunt, a group of spectators who look like skeletons.
The popular Witcher series on Netflix was an English version of the Polish Witcher books it is based on. The Witcher books were written by a Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski, and became widely famous. The leading star of the Netflix’s Witcher series, Henry Cavill, is one of the biggest fans of the Witcher books. These novels are loved by the whole world because of which video games, card games, series, and spin-offs are made, which are equally loved by the audience.
Till now, the Witcher Season 2 has been released, and the process for the next one has started too. The Witcher Season 1 was released on Netflix in December 2019, which set up the plot for the upcoming adventures. Season 1 introduced the characters to the world, and the three main characters are Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, played by Henry Cavill; Yennefer of Vengerberg, the most powerful mage on the Continent, played by Anya Chalotra; and a child surprise, Princess Cirilla of Cintra, Ciri, played by Freya Allan.
The Witcher Season 2 was released in December 2021; the long gap was because of the unpredictable global pandemic, which gave the audience the biggest villains, more horrifying monsters, and a growing father-daughter relationship between Ciri and Geralt. The third leading character, Yennefer, was shown powerless throughout the whole season as she couldn’t practice magic. The Witcher Season 2 ended with introducing some of the biggest villains of the Witcher World, one of which was The Wild Hunt. The brief introduction of these spectators was enough to make an impact on the audience about these horrifying creatures, who were shown as skeletons.
The Witcher: The Wild Hunt Looks
The brief introduction of The Wild Hunt at the end of Season 2 made the audience think, What is The Wild Hunt?
Well, they are basically a group of spectators who follow the orders of The Wild Hunt king, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. Because of their skeletal looks, most people get confused about their being undead, but that’s for sure they are not undead. Well, they are actually no spectators and are Aen Elle elves Tir ná Lia. The skeleton looks are the most threatening ones as their work is to invade other worlds and get their hands on young humanoids to serve them as their slaves.
The elves in the Witcher world got access to the Gate of the Worlds, which made it easy for them to get access to all the worlds to invade, take whomever they wanted, and destroy as they pleased. Because of this, the Elven king Auberon Muircetach created a cavalry unit which was named Dearg Ruadhri or Red Riders, which were led by General Eredin Bréacc Glas.
The reason for their skeleton looks is that they wanted to intimidate the locals, so they wore skeletal armor and rode on horses which are also known as Naglfar and are said to float in the sky.
However, the access to the Gates was lost by them, and they could only partially recover it because of which they had to change their traveling methods. Now, these spectators enhance their spectral projections to the point where they want to travel, and one of the limitations is they can travel to the only places they’ve entered in this form. They use their corporeal form only when necessary, but still, they were able to get their hands on a bunch of slaves this way too.
The ways of their travel in spectral forms made their appearances more horrifying, and that was the time these Red Riders earned a more fitting name: The Wild Hunt. Like almost everyone on the Continent, The Wild Hunt, too, is coming after Ciri because she is the child with Elder Blood, which is considered to be the most controversial storyline in The Witcher. Nonetheless, The Wild Hunt in Witcher Season 3 would be a big aspect of this narrative.