The complete first season was released last December 20, 2019 and was comprised of eight episodes that follow the background stories of the three main characters. It is set in a medieval fantasy world where magic, monsters and races other than humans exist and was based on a famous series of books with the same title by Polish Author, Andrzej Sapkowski. It was adapted from a collection of short tales from the book series, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny and it happened in various points in time before finally converging into a single timeline by season's end.
The Witcher's story center on three main characters: The Witcher Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), Sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), and Princess Cirilla (Frey Allan). After being abandoned by his mother, Geralt was raised by a witcher named Vesemir, who put Geralt through the trials that made him a witcher like himself. In a nutshell, witchers are monster-hunters for hire. Geralt attended a royal ball at Cintra where he ended up saving the life of Princess Pavetta's beau, Duny. He envoked the Law of Surprise as his repayment, not knowing that Princess Pavetta was already pregnant. This, Princess Ciri became his "child of surprise". Though Geralt refused to claim Ciri as a payment, the law ultimately ties their fate together. Sometime later, When Geralt fished a djinn's bottle out of a lake, things went haywire and it ended up with his bard friend Yaskier needing urgent magical treatment. He eventually meets a sorceress named Yennefer who cured his friend but wanted the djinn for herself. Geralt ended up using his last wish (the exact details of the wish is unclear) that binded Yennefer's life to his in some way.
Years passed. The Kingdom of Cintra was invaded and sacked by Nilfgaard. Geralt, honoring the Law of Surprise came looking for Ciri but Ciri, unaware of this, has escaped the city. While Ciri wandered around in search for Geralt of Rivia, she discovered she has terrifying supernatural powers. About the same time, there was a civil war amonst the mages. In the attempt to defend the bridge that will leave the other northern kingdom vulnerable, Yenefer unleashed all her powers and disappeared. Two weeks after Ciri's escape, Geralt and Ciri finally meet in the woods. Ciri, remembering her prophetic dream, asked about Yennefer, setting the stage for season two.
Season 1 - Episode 1 | The End's Beginning
Hostile townsfolk and cunning mage greet Geralt in the town of Blaviken. Ciri finds her royal world upended when Nilfgaard sets its sights on Cintra.
Season 1 - Episode 2 | Four Marks
Bullied and neglected, Yennefer accidentally finds a means of escape. Geralt's hunt for a so co-called devil goes to hell. Ciri seeks safety in numbers.
Season 1 - Episode 3 | Betrayer Moon
Geralt's takes on another Witcher's unfinished business in a kingdon stalked by a ferocious beast. At a brutal cost, Yennefer forges a magical new future.
Season 1 - Episode 4 | Of Banquets, Bastards, and Burials
Against his better judgement, Geralt accompanies Jaskier to a royal ball. Ciri wanders into a enchanted forest. Yennefer tries to protect her charges.
Season 1 - Episode 5 | Bottled Appetites
Heedless of warnings, Yennefer looks for a cure to restore what she's lost. Geralt inadvertently puts Jaskier in peril. The search for Ciri intensifies.
Season 1 - Episode 6 | Rare Species
A mysterious man tries to entice Geralt to join a hunt for a rampaging dragon, a quest that attracts a familiar face. Ciri questions who she can trust.
Season 1 - Episode 7 | Before a Fall
With the Continent at risk from Nilfgaard's rising power, Yennefer revisits her past, while Geralt reconsiders his obligation to the Law of Surprise.
Season 1 - Episode 8 | Much More
A terrifying pack of foes lays Geralt low. Yennefer and her fellow mages prepare to fight back. A shaken Ciri depends on the kindness of a stranger.