Season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher puts a question why Geralt’s striking hair and eye color aren’t a typical Witcher feature. The Witcher’s main character, Geralt of Rivia, makes quite an impact in Season 1 — aside from being a tall man of significant size, his bright yellow eyes and white shoulder-length hair are his most noticeable features. Given their odd look, it’s reasonable to assume that all Witchers have the same characteristics, but The Witcher season 2 proves that this is not the case.
Geralt is the sole monster slayer to appear in The Witcher’s first season, as the story’s focus is mostly on establishing crucial characters and world-building. As a result, there are no other Witchers to compare the protagonist to to make conclusions about distinctive characteristics. With the release of The Witcher season 2, fans will have more material to work with. Geralt travels to his home in the mountainous areas of Kaer Morhen, escorted by his Child Surprise, Princess Cirilla of Cintra. This is where the remains of the Witcher tribe, Geralt’s family of mutant monster hunters, are kept. From here, it quickly becomes clear that none of these males share his peculiar demeanor.
Geralt’s white hair has nothing to do with his being over a century old, contrary to common belief; the reason may be found by looking at his backstory. Witcher apprentices begin their education at an early age. They are not only trained in difficult physical and magical warfare but their own body is transformed to enhance their senses and skills to the maximum. The chemical process that grants Witchers like Geralt their powers is known as the ‘Trial of the Grasses,’ and its participants suffer extreme anguish, with only “three out of ten lads surviving the trial.” Geralt is not only successfully modified, but he is also the sole child that will be subjected to additional testing because of his extraordinary capacity to mutate. The side effects of these further changes lead his hair to whiten (getting him the epithet “White Wolf”) and his eyes to become yellow, explaining why other Witchers lack his distinctive pigmentation.
“Kaer Morhen” from Season 2 introduces the current Witcher clan — a small group of 12 men led by Vesemir, Eskel, Lambert, and Coen. While Geralt is fast to respond to danger and has talents well beyond those of any human, the remainder of Season 2’s Witchers lacks Geralt’s distinguishing traits. Coen has a black beard and multicolored eyes, Lambert is a redhead with brown eyes, and Geralt’s close buddy Eskel is a blue-eyed brunet. Vesemir, the eldest Witcher, is by far the most physically comparable to the White Wolf, with gold eyes and grey hair. However, it is supposed that aging is caused by this since Vesemir is thought to be over 300 years old, having witnessed the fall of Kaer Morhen, and a younger Vesemir is portrayed during this time with black hair, reinforcing the concept that his gray hair is simply a reflection of his age in The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf.
Despite Geralt’s usual apathy and devil-may-care attitude, it indicates that the process of mutation, as well as the resultant bodily metamorphosis and side effects, remains an aching issue to him. This is seen in season 1, episode 8, “Much More,” when Geralt has a vision of his mother and mockingly asks, “How do you like my eyes?” The Butcher of Blaviken’s wrath under his tight control, visible in his unblinking eyes and stiff creases on his face, reveals that the horror of his transformation to become a Witcher still haunts him from under his heart. There’s no denying that Geralt’s rigorous training regimen and several deadly mutations have resulted in a deadly murderer with a striking appearance to boot. Season 2 of The Witcher demonstrates that white hair and yellow eyes are not distinguishing Witcher characteristics, since they may be linked to Geralt’s additional mutations as a youngster. And, according to many, this seems to be the best-case situation, since it empowers Geralt to stand out even more from the rest of the franchise’s characters.