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If you've watched The Witcher Season 1 (and I certainly hope you've indulged by now), you'll know that Ciri and Yennefer aren't just two of the main characters, but very powerful ones as well. While viewers spent most of the first season trying to figure out when and where the two would finally meet, Season 2 is primed to finally give us some good moments between the displaced princess and her latest soon-to-be surrogate mother. So, it's totally fitting that The Witcher's showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, posted a tribute for International Women's Day that makes a nod to Yenn and Ciri.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich made sure that she and her writers set up Season 1 of The Witcher so that viewers would know, from very early on, that it wasn't just the story of Geralt grunting and monster-killing his way across the Continent, but also the story of these two women, who would eventually become very important to him. So, when the showrunner took to Twitter yesterday to post a tribute for International Women's Day, she made sure that we all knew how important the characters (and probably the actresses who play them, as well) are to her, saying:

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to my Mama, all the Willis and Schmidt ladies, my LA besties, and especially the women of #TheWitcher, who inspire me, light a fire under me, and lift me up when it's been the hardest. I am nothing without your voices, love, and strength. #coven

Awww! It's sweet, right? Obviously, Schmidt Hissrich made sure to mention some close, personal friends and family in her post, but she also gave a nice shoutout to "the women of The Witcher," which I like to think means that this message was at least a bit for Ciri and Yenn, as well as Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra (who play the characters, respectively), and all of the other women working hard behind the scenes to help The Witcher come to life.

Season 1 of the fantasy series made a lot of waves among audiences, not just for all the great action and creative monsters, but also for the densely-packed story which many found a bit hard to pick apart. Schmidt Hissrich chose to tell the tale by using three separate timelines, one each for Ciri, Yenn, and Geralt, which sometimes overlapped, but didn't always play out from beginning to end the way we normally expect them to. While this helped to highlight just how important Ciri and Yenn's origins were to the overall plot, it did serve to confuse a number of us quite a bit.

Luckily, we've been promised that that time has come to a close, as we're firmly in the present now that Geralt has finally taken responsibility for his Child of Surprise and met up with Ciri. We've also gotten a pretty full breakdown of what led Ciri and Yenn to where the show left them by the end of The Witcher Season 1, so all roads now point to following the trio in the present timeline.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich noting that she sees all women who "inspire" and "light a fire" under her as part of her "coven," makes total sense when it comes to The Witcher, as well. Yenn went through hell to become a user of magic and learn to wield Chaos to the benefit of herself and others. While Ciri isn't technically a magic user, she does have some rather mysterious powers which she'll definitely need to learn more about in the coming season. Basically, both women are powerful as hell, and I can totally see where self-proclaimed "professional witch" Schmidt Hissrich would have mad respect for that.

We don't know just yet when The Witcher Season 2 will hit Netflix, but it is expected to drop at some point in 2021.

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