EXPLAINED – the Witcher Opening Credits Symbols and Their Meanings

EXPLAINED – the Witcher Opening Credits Symbols and Their Meanings

Netflix’s The Witcher is one of the most popular shows out there. Adapted from a book saga, the series boasts lore as detailed as the likes of Game of Thrones. One thing that has intrigued fans is the symbols they see in the opening credits of The Witcher. Here is the meaning of each one of them:

The Witcher season 1 symbols

Episode 1: The End’s Beginning

The major focus of the episode of the plotline of Renfri and Geralt. Renfri, the warrior princess, who had the potential and intent to destroy many lives, was born during a solar eclipse or Black Sun, which we see at the very beginning of the episode.

Episode 2: Four Marks

Four Marks focuses on Yennefer and how her father sold her to Aretuza for four marks, less than half the price for a pig. The symbol we see at the beginning of this episode is a symbol of the same.

Episode 3: Betrayer Moon

Of all symbols through the course of The Witcher, the one we see in Betrayer Moon is perhaps the most poetic one. The symbol is that of a Temerian lily ravaged by a claw. This is a reference to the kingdom of Temeria, where a Striga is destroying all that comes in its way.

Episode 4: Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials

The symbol of a tree we see at the beginning of episode 6 of The Witcher is that of a tree. The tree is a symbol of queen Calanthe’s family tree and how that one bloodline is responsible for the fate of the entire Continent.

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Episode 5: Bottled Appetites

Yennefer is one of the most ambitious characters of the Netflix Original. In this episode, she reveals her deepest desires and “appetites“, including her longing for being a mother. In return, Geralt also reveals things that he wishes for, as well.

Episode 6: Rare Species

The dragon in Rare Species is one of the most obvious symbols of The Witcher. The episode is about Geralt, Jaskier, Yennefer, and others on their quest to hunt for a dragon, hence inspiring the symbol.

Episode 7: Before a Fall

Another name of the list of symbols in The Witcher that deserve an award is the one for Before A Fall. As fans remember, this episode shows the kingdom of Cintra before, during, and after its fall. Calanthe was often referred to as the “Lioness of Cintra” and book lovers will know that Cintra’s coat of arms is that of three golden lions. Since we see the fall of the kingdom in this episode, the makers of the symbol got creative with the symbol, the result of which was nothing short of magnificent.

Episode 8: Much More

The last episode of the first season was when we saw the stories of three of the main characters merge and intersect with each other. And creators used the most brilliant emblem to show this. Well, in this case, it is a set of symbols that enthrall fans of The Witcher. This one comprises a white wolf, a swallow, and an obsidian star, showing Geralt, Cirilla, and Yennefer in a circle.

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The Witcher season 2 symbols

Episode 1: A Grain of Truth

A Grain of Truth was inarguably the best episode of The Witcher so far. It tells the story of Nivellen and his brutal lover, Vereena. Vereena was a Bruxa, a shapeshifter whose natural state of being is that of a large bat, which is the symbol of this episode.

Episode 2: Kaer Morhen

The symbol in the opening credits of Kaer Morhen is definitely the most detailed one in the series. It shows the face of a wolf on the medallion of witchers, who we are introduced to right in this episode. The medallion also has vines and loose roots, seemingly alluding to the beast the witchers face in this episode.

Episode 3: What is Lost

While the title of the episode signifies everything three of the main characters have lost- Geralt and the witchers lost the ability to conduct the Trail of the Grasses, Yennefer’s sacrifices for her magic, and, most importantly, Cirilla losing her family. The episode’s symbol is that of a sparrow with broken wings. It shows the beloved Ciri and things she has lost at a very young age.

Episode 4: Redanian Intelligence

Showing a cloak and a dagger, viewers of this episode know that they are in for something creepy. And something extremely creepy it is. The episode features Redanian Intelligence, the most reticent and sinister intelligence agency on the Continent. We also begin to see more of Dijkstra in this episode, making it more enigmatic than ever.

Episode 5: Turn Your Back

At the beginning of Turn Your Back, we see a weighing scale, a symbol we have seen with multiple meanings since forever. From Lady Justice in Greek mythology to the weighing scales of the French Revolution, we have seen this device and its usage as an emblem for a long time now. The creators of The Witcher used the same as a representation of balance between the spheres as Geralt digs deep into the mystery of the monoliths.

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Episode 6: Dear Friend…

The symbol used in Dear Friend is that of a hand with a flame, referring to the powerful mage who uses the forbidden fire magic on his quest for Ciri.

Episode 7: Voleth Meir

The symbols of a skull and blinded eyes represent the most intriguing character of The Witcher- the old woman in the hut. Voleth Meir is Elven for “Deathless Mother“, a character who will play a crucial role in Ciri’s future.

Episode 8: Family

Perhaps the most jaw-dropping twist of The Witcher is the revelation of The White Flame in the series finale. The episode title and the symbol are a nod to Ciri’s family tree, which is the most essential part of the series.

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