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This Small Detail in the Witcher Season 3 Signals the Return of an Important Prequel Character


Season 3 part 1 of The Witcher contains an important callback to the prequel series and its post-credit scene.

Ciri (Freya Allan) tries to hone her magical abilities in The Witcher season 3
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This Witcher article contains spoilers for season 3 part 1 and The Witcher: Blood Origin.

In the first part of The Witcher season 3, we learn that Istredd (Royce Pierreson) is one of many people looking for Ciri (Freya Allan) across the Continent. After learning of her Elder Blood last season, he seems to be interested in her connection to the Monoliths for academic purposes. Rather than sending soldiers or monsters after Ciri, his search for answers first sends him on a quest to find the Book of Monoliths, an old elven book that supposedly “holds the key to traveling between spheres.”

Based on information he gets from super sleuths Codringher (Simon Callow) and Fenn (Liz Carr), Istredd tracks the book to an elven cavern near Nilfgaard and is shocked to find that someone from Aretuza had already claimed it. When he returns to his alma mater for the Conclave, he helps Triss (Anna Shaffer), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Geralt (Henry Cavill) track down the tome and uncover a dangerous conspiracy.

But this isn’t the first time that we’ve potentially seen the Book of Monoliths in Netflix’s Witcher universe. If Istredd is correct about the book’s contents, then it’s likely that the Book of Monoliths is actually Syndril’s (Zach Wyatt) journal from The Witcher: Blood Origin or at the very least a copy of it. Although the elven mage died trying to stop Balor (Lenny Henry) from destroying the Continent, the book was last seen with the apprentice Avallac’h (Samuel Blenkin) in the post-credit scene of the prequel series. There, we see him in the timeline of the original series watching Ciri play in the Cintra town square before the invasion of Nilfgaard.

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