The Witcher Season 3 Part 1 Ending Explained: Who is the Rogue Mage?

Yennefer’s Conclave of Mages ends this part of the season, but do she and Geralt uncover the Rogue Mage that’s after Ciri?

Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) enter the Conclave ball at Aretuza
Photo: Susie Allnut | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for The Witcher season 3 part 1.

For much of the first part of The Witcher season 3, we follow Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), Geralt (Henry Cavill), and Ciri (Freya Allan) on the run from the powers that be across the Continent who want to use Ciri’s Elder Blood for their own personal gain. After discovering that mages Rience (Chris Fulton) and Lydia (Aisha Fabienne Ross) are after Ciri for a mysterious benefactor and Rogue Mage who is experimenting on young girls from Aretuza, Yennefer proposes a Conclave to find out who the Rogue Mage is and whether or not Aretuza will be a safe place for Ciri to learn how to control her powers.

While Geralt and Yennefer prepare to attend the Conclave and confront Stregobor (Lars Mikkelson) – who they believe to be the Rogue Mage – Jaskier (Joey Batey) and Ciri take refuge in a cabin nearby. Radovid (Hugh Skinner) shows up to woo Jaskier and the two spend the night together in the barn outside of Yennefer’s protective spell. But even though this is an important moment for Jaskier, the real magic (pun absolutely intended) happens during the ball in episode 5 “The Art of the Illusion.” As the bard Valdo Marx (Nathan Armakwei Laryea) sings throughout the final episode of part 1, “All is not as it seems.”

Geralt and Yennefer Reconcile

Geralt and Yennefer shippers eat well in this episode, as it begins with them sharing a lot more than just the information they learned during the Conclave of Mages. They recount the events of the night to each other to try and figure out who is and isn’t on their side. Geralt also tells Yennefer he loves her for the first time, cementing their status as the Continent’s hottest couple and proving that Geralt has fully forgiven her for almost giving Ciri over to Voleth Meir last season.


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