There is little doubt that The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf was always going to be connected to the main live-action series. After all, the anime film is a prequel that focuses on Geralt of Rivia's mentor Vesemir. However, there is an interesting way that the movie will lead straight into the events in The Witcher Season 2.
The Witcher anime film takes place years before the events in the Henry Cavill series but it still managed to include Geralt in the storyline. The younger version of Cavill's character appeared in the last few minutes of the movie, confirming that Geralt has present at the fall of Kaer Morhen.
This might seem like the only connection between the anime and the live-action series. However, The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirms that there is more than meets the eye.
"You don't learn until almost the last moments that Geralt was in the fall of Kaer Morhen and that he was a young child hiding in the basement, fearing for his life, hearing the sound of battle ahead of him. It's something that continues to haunt Geralt and we hear about that in Season 2," Hissrich said. She then explains that Vesemir and Geralt are in a similar situation.
"It's really a story of fatherhood in my opinion. We get to see the father figure that Vesemir is to Geralt in the anime film and we get to see that Vesemir was willing to put his own life on the line in order to preserve this new generation of witchers," Hissrich said.
"When we see Geralt again in Season 2, he is struggling with that same idea, which is that the Continent is changing once again and suddenly Geralt is thrust into the role of the father figure," she continued.
This is an interesting explanation that makes perfect sense. After all, Geralt will bring Ciri to Kaer Morhen and we will get to see exactly what happened to the place after the main battle in Nightmare of the Wolf.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is now streaming on Netflix. The Witcher Season 2 will premiere on December 17, 2021.