• Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher has made controversial changes to Ciri’s character, including her age and relationships.
  • Ciri’s portrayal in the series differs from her book counterpart, particularly regarding her gullibility and backstory.
  • The series explores Ciri’s character and backstory more extensively than the books, allowing for a deeper understanding of her journey.



Netflix’s The Witcher has made some controversial changes to Andrzej Sapkowki’s novels, and among the characters who have been changed in different ways is Ciri (Freya Allan). Although Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher is one of the streaming giant’s biggest successes in recent years, it hasn’t been safe from controversy. The series has made various changes to the characters and their stories that have been quite controversial, as seen with how it handled Yennefer’s story in season 2 – but Yennefer isn’t the only character who is now very different from her book counterpart, as this has also happened to Ciri.

The Lion Cub of Cintra has had an interesting journey in The Witcher’s three seasons so far, as she had to run away from Cintra when Nilfgaard attacked, found Geralt, trained at Kaer Morhen, was almost sacrificed to the Voleth Meir by Yennefer, and is now far away from Geralt and Yennefer and, most likely, powerless. Ciri is on her way to becoming the most important character in Netflix’s The Witcher, but the character is very different from her book version, and it’s to be seen if she will continue to change – and here are 10 ways Ciri is different in Netflix’s The Witcher.

10 Ciri Is Younger In The Witcher Books

Freya Allan as Ciri looking worried in The Witcher

One of the biggest differences between Netflix’s version of Ciri and the one from the books is her age. In the books, Ciri is around 11 years old when Cintra falls, and meets Geralt at around the age of 12. In Netflix’s The Witcher, Ciri is older as Freya Allan was in her late teens when she was cast, and though this doesn’t change the character that much (the series even showed her going out to play with friends and being treated like a child in the first season), it has been one of the biggest differences between the Netflix series and the books that fans of the latter have pointed out. It’s worth noting, however, that Ciri’s age became quite confusing in the final novels, which in a way can justify the change in the series.

9 Book Ciri Is Never Possessed By The Voleth Meir

Ciri in The Witcher Season 2

Netflix’s The Witcher has added characters that don’t come from Sapkowski’s stories, most notably season 2’s Voleth Meir. The Deathless Mother made deals with Fringilla, Francesca, and Yennefer to give them what they desired, but the price was very high. In Yennefer’s case, she had to hand Ciri to the Voleth Meir in order to regain her powers, and though she couldn’t bring herself to do it, Ciri was later possessed by the Deathless Mother. Ciri was saved by Yennefer, who sacrificed herself, but this mess never happened to book Ciri.

8 Ciri & Yennefer Don’t Initially Get Along In The Witcher Books

The Witcher season 3 Ciri and Yennefer saying goodbye

Ciri and Yennefer’s relationship in Netflix’s The Witcher has been quite smooth so far, even though the sorceress almost sacrificed the princess for her own benefit, but in the books, it was a bit difficult at first. Ciri didn’t like Yennefer at first because the sorceress was quite cold, and she was also jealous of her outstanding beauty. To make it more complicated, Yennefer thought Ciri was lazy and stubborn and was jealous of her deep bond with Geralt. In the end, just like in the Netflix series, they developed a strong mother/daughter bond.

7 Ciri Is Very Gullible In The Witcher Novels

Princess Ciri preparing to fight in The Witcher

Ciri is hard to trick in Netflix’s The Witcher, but in the novels, she’s very gullible, which can be attributed to her young age. As Ciri was trained in Kaer Morhen and raised by witchers, she lacked a lot of knowledge, especially about womanly needs. Triss Merigold was key in teaching Ciri about these, but she was still quite gullible, so much so that the children in Melitele’s temple constantly teased her, such as when they made her believe she wouldn’t be able to cast spells because she was a virgin.

6 Ciri Learns About Geralt & The Law of Surprise Through Her Nanny

The Witcher Geralt and Ciri Kaer Morhen season 2

Ciri is bound to Geralt by the Law of Surprise, which she learned in the series as Cintra was under attack, but in the books, she was told about it by her nanny. Following the death of Ciri’s mother, Pavetta, Queen Calanthe did her best so Ciri wouldn’t know about Geralt and the Law of Surprise, but her nanny told the young princess all about the witcher and their unbreakable bond, and that one day he would come for her to be taken away to be trained as a witcher. Calanthe was furious, but Ciri now firmly believed that was her destiny.

5 Book Ciri Is Very Protective Of Geralt

The Witcher season 3 part 1 Geralt Ciri Yennefer

The bond between Geralt and Ciri is very strong, to the point where they are very protective of each other. In the books, however, Ciri’s protectiveness went as far as to be jealous of Triss Merigold when she began courting Geralt while at Kaer Morhen. Ciri’s jealousy was justified, as Triss was using love potions to get Geralt to have feelings for her. As mentioned above, Ciri was also jealous of Yennefer at one point, but she ended up being protective of both Geralt and Yennefer when they became a family.

4 Book Ciri Isn’t Betrayed By Yennefer

The Witcher season 2 finale Yennefer Ciri Geralt

At the end of The Witcher season 1 and the beginning of season 2, Yennefer lost her powers and was desperate to regain them. This is what led her to accept the deal the Voleth Meir offered her, which as mentioned above, involved handing Ciri to the Deathless Mother. Yennefer betrayed both Geralt and Ciri by attempting to give Ciri to the Voleth Meir, but she ultimately didn’t do it and even sacrificed herself to break Ciri free from the Deathless Mother. This is one of the most controversial changes Netflix’s The Witcher has made, as in the books, Ciri was never betrayed by Yennefer.

3 Ciri Has A Controversial Dark Side In The Witcher Books

The Witcher season 3 ending Ciri as Falka

Ciri has gone through a lot from a very young age, so it’s not that surprising that she has had a dark and rebellious phase – what made it controversial was that Ciri’s rebellious phase included a gang of criminals, murder, and animal cruelty. The ending of The Witcher season 3 set up this side of Ciri as she met the Rats and introduced herself as Falka, and those familiar with the Witcher books know this is the beginning of Ciri’s controversial dark side. During her time with the rats, Ciri committed murder and torture and even kicked a dog out of frustration. It’s to be seen if Netflix’s The Witcher will bring all this to life or will tone it down.

Related: Who Is Falka? Hooded Scottish Woman & Connection To Ciri’s New Name Explained

2 Ciri Isn’t As Selfless In The Book As She Is In Netflix’s The Witcher

The Witcher season 3 part 2 trailer Ciri forest

Ciri has shown to have a good heart and be quite selfless in Netflix’s The Witcher, which isn’t exactly the case in the books. Perhaps as a result of all the trauma she has gone through, Ciri in the Witcher books is actually selfish and even arrogant, and wouldn’t really put someone else’s happiness and well-being before hers. This side of Ciri could be brought out in The Witcher season 4 now that she’s with the Rats, but it’s a trait that she hasn’t shown yet but was very present in the books.

1 Ciri’s Backstory Is Explored More In Netflix’s The Witcher

The Witcher season 3 part 1 Ciri

Something that Netflix’s The Witcher has done that has greatly benefited the characters is exploring their backstories deeper than the books did. Among them is Ciri, whose backstory isn’t fully explained in the books, with the biggest details being where she was born, her family connections, and her link to Geralt through the Law of Surprise, but details like her relationship with her parents before their deaths and her dynamic with Calanthe and others aren’t explored. However, Netflix’s The Witcher made some changes to parts of Ciri’s backstory that were ultimately for the benefit of her story, such as meeting Geralt until after the fall of Cintra, when in the books, they first met much earlier.

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