'Ciri' is the leading character of 'The Witcher' played by Freya Allan, alongside Henry Cavill’s 'Geralt' and Anay Chalotra’s Yennefer. Ciri is a princess and now the Queen-in-hiding of Cintra, on her quest to find Geralt of Rivia, the man who will train her and teach her how to use her powers. Well, the importance of Ciri in the overall arc of The Witcher cannot be understated as the three members of the ragtag assembled family will be there for the entirety of the series.
The first time we see Ciri in The Witcher is when she is living with her grandmother, the Queen of Cintra as the Queen returns from a battle and the guards in the palace tell stories about her exploits over the years, how she managed to rid their lands of elves and also cemented Citra as a massive empire.
Watch: The trailer for the first season of The Witcher
Ciri is integral to the story of The Witcher, with the character being a McGuffin for the heroes and villains alike. Heroes want to protect her and villains want to capture her, simple as that and the linear way her story moves in the convoluted timeline (get the simplified version here) of the main story shows she is important for the story moving forward and her main storyline is ahead of her, unlike Geralt and Yennefer, who were important for the past plot and the future movement of the series. Spoilers Ahead!!!
Why is Nilfgard Looking for Ciri in The Witcher Season 1?
From the first moment of the series, one thing is clear, everyone is looking for Ciri because she is special, and we see a glimpse of her power when she gets angry at her dying grandmother. Ciri’s got powers, and everyone is looking to get her to Geralt of Rivia, the man who was promised Ciri as a reward for his law of surprise granted by 'Duny' for saving his life.
As the story progresses along, we get a story about how Duny and Ciri’s mother 'Pavetta,' died during a sinking boat incident. Well, long story short, Pavetta is probably dead, but Ciri’s father is not dead, not dead in the books we mean. The real name of Duny is 'Emhyr var Emreis,' and he is the emperor of Nilfgard.
Ciri is being hunted by her own father and she will play a major role in the upcoming second season of The Witcher. Source: Elite Daily
Definitely spun your head a little there, didn’t it? Emhyr took control of Nilfgard and sent his armies to get Ciri because he knows she’s got powers, and also in the books, the character of Emhyr has a weird fetish about his daughter where he gets a girl who looks like Ciri and marries her and the whole nine yard.
Don’t think too much about the whole thing because The White Flame, which keeps getting mentioned in the first season of The Witcher, is none other than Ciri’s father, and as you can see, this will be a big thing in the season two of The Witcher.
Watch: Ciri uses her scary untamed power at people trying to kidnap her
There is still so much to happen with the series finally working their way to the first novel in The Witcher series after adapting the first two short stories books. The first book focuses on Geralt and Triss training Ciri, who is identified as a Source. A Source is a person who is connected deeply with magic and risk getting overwhelmed by the power if not trained properly.
Triss is dead; she died during The Battle of Sodden Hill and so Yennefer will be the one to train Ciri as she did in the books, and Geralt and Yennefer will become Ciri’s adoptive father and mother. So, you probably get the idea as to how important the character of Ciri will be in the grand scheme of things when it comes to the second season of The Witcher.