No matter if it’s the books, the video games, or the Netflix series, The Witcher is legendary for its magnificent fight scenes and battles. In these scenes of swords, sorcery, and slaying, warriors and wizards alike do battle against men, monsters, and each other in grand and glorious fashion.
The Netflix series definitely doesn’t shy away from the incredible displays of combat, and the second season brings forth a set of even more fantastic fight scenes. Witchers, wizards, and powerful monsters rip and tear into one another as the fate of the Continent hangs in the balance. To say that it won’t go down without a struggle would be a gross understatement.
The Battle With The Bruxa
The first episode is definitely one of the finest entries in either series, pulling a melange of material from both the books and the video games to satisfy eager fans. Of course, no Witcher outing would be complete without seeing Geralt (Henry Cavill) do what he does best: lock horns with legions of horrifying monsters.
The fight against the vampiric Bruxa is one that easily sets the tone for The Witcher as a whole. It’s a nail-biting battle against a beloved beast who even gets Geralt on the ropes for a time. And it’s only made all the more engaging once Ciri (Freya Allan) gets involved.
The Fight Against Eskel
When an emotional angle is tossed into the mix, things take a much more serious turn. Leshen are some of the most terrifying creatures in Witcher lore, and when one finds its way to the vicinity of their home and training ground, things take a turn for the worse.
Fighting against an evil monster is one thing, but fighting against a friend who is slowly turning into one puts more weight on the situation. Watching Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz) go from Witcher to Leshy’s thrall is more painful to Geralt and Vesemir (Kim Bodnia) than any physical damage he might inflict. Essentially putting their brother out of his misery, it’s a grueling fight to watch.
Eskel was just a product of a Leshy’s curse, but the genuine article makes itself known shortly after as a full-fledged arboreal entity attacks Geralt and Ciri in the forest. Obviously enraged upon losing its arm, the frightening fiend wreaks its nightmarish havoc with branches and vines against the two Witchers.
The scene is brief, but it does give Geralt a chance to display some very balletic fight choreography while he hacks through its roots. Unfortunately for the Leshy, it’s not the only monster prowling the forest. As Star Wars’ Qui-Gon Jinn once said, there’s always a bigger fish.
Confronting The Chernobog
The Chernobog might be a Netflix original monster, but it definitely looks like one of the many powerful Witcher creatures Geralt and his clan would fight. The scene where Geralt and Ciri fight the sharded beast is very reminiscent of a hunting quest in one of the games as they lie in wait for the monster to come looking for them.
Although it costs the life of Geralt’s beloved Roach, the sequence where the Witcher takes down the flying Chernobog midair is nothing short of an epic feat. This sequence only serves as a reminder as to why Geralt is the professional monster-slayer fans know and love.
The Murderous Myriapod
The encounter with the horrific mutant Myriapod is a case of the hunters becoming the hunted, as a fiendish and frightening monster rears its ugly head after encountering the Leshy. Watching it take out Eskel’s Leshy and then give chase down the mountain to pursue a running Ciri will definitely get some viewers clutching the edge of their seats.
Ever the champion monster-mangler, Geralt swings in at the knick of time to save his Child of Surprise from the jaws of death by literally jumping into the heat of battle. Simply put, there are few things more satisfying in the second season than seeing the White Wolf lunge at a monster’s back and cleave its head off on his way down.
Kaer Morden’s Wizard Battle
Monsters and creatures aren’t the only threats in this nail-biting season, as both mortal and magical enemies cross paths with Geralt, Yennifer (Anya Chalotra), and their companions. While they do exchange magical blows with entities (like the Deathless Mother), the fire-wielding Rience proves to be a particular problem for them, especially when he manifests himself in Kaer Morhen.
As seasoned and trained as Triss (Anna Shaffer) and Vesemir are, they are somewhat unprepared to tangle with the scarred sorcerer when he storms into their chambers hands-blazing. That being said, seeing Vesemir pin the mage to a table with only a pair of wooden cudgels is worth mentioning.
It’s not a big battle, it’s not a duel to the death, it’s not even a fair fight per se, but the scene where Geralt rescues his best friend, Jaskier (Joey Batey), from the dungeon offers both a healthy helping of humor and character development for everyone’s favorite slayer. Plus, seeing a character like Geralt actually hugging someone is a rare treat.
Jaskier has the habit of bringing a splash of color to the scene, but listening to him mock a guard through song shortly before the said guard gets absolutely decked by the Witcher waiting in the shadows goes all the way with its humor and satisfaction.
Basilisk Beat Down
Although their scaly leader is taken down with relative ease, the final showdown at the Witcher’s keep with the spawning basilisk was a solid note for the second chapter to end. Geralt might be the professional monster-slayer, but it’s quite shocking to see how quickly some of the basilisks tear through his brothers in arms.
It’s not enough to break the Deathless Mother’s spell but to contend with raptor-like terrors as well. The scene has everything fans could expect from the series, as Geralt hacks and slashes his way through monstrous foes, but taps into the magical ether to show vulnerability and save the ones he loves. Simply put, it’s practically an ideal way to keep fans wanting more from season three.