Early in Netflix’s The Witcher the Nilfgaardian army launches an assault on the outer walls of the Cintrian kingdom. In response, Queen Calanthe rallies her troops to defend their homeland. What follows is a key decision by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich asserting what viewers are about to experience for the remainder of the season.
[Ed. note: this post contains spoilers for the first four episodes of The Witcher on Netflix]
Despite its valiance, Calanthe’s army is overcome by the brutal oppressors, and the queen’s husband, Eist Tuirseach, breathes his last breath. In her last frenzied act of belligerence, Calanthe sends as many Nilfgaardians as she possibly can to meet their maker, before falling to the floor, fatally