How the Law of Surprise works in the Witcher


How the Law of Surprise works in the Witcher

We tell you what the Law of Surprise that appears in the universe of The Witcher, the popular Netflix series, consists of.

There is no doubt that The Witcher has become one of the most popular Netflix series, gaining millions of followers all over the planet.

Based on the books of Andrzej Sapkowski and starring Henry cavill, the The Witcher series follows the story of Geralt de Riva, a monster-hunting sorcerer who is forced to take care of Ciri, a girl whose fate and Geralt’s are closely linked.

Pending its second season, the Netflix series has introduced several concepts in its first season that may mislead some fans who are not familiar with the books. One of them is the Law of Surprise.

This concept appears for the first time in the fourth episode of The Witcher (beware, some The Witcher SPOILERS). During the party that Queen Calanthe de Cintra (Cirilla’s grandmother) is organizing, the monarch is dedicated to analyzing who could be a good husband for her daughter and the governor of Cintra.

At that moment the evening is interrupted when a mysterious knight in armor breaks into the place to ask for his hand. Under pressure, someone removes his helmet and everyone realizes that he has a hedgehog’s face. At that moment he invokes the mysterious Law of Surprise, since the king in life owed him something.

Although Calantre orders Geralt of Rivia kill that being, the witcher refuses to do so when he realizes that he is only a man with a curse, so he decides to come to his defense. After a dispute, it is finally explained that the mysterious knight is named Duny, and that he had had an affair with Pavetta for a long time.

In addition, Duny relates that he saved the life of King Roegner (Calanthe’s deceased husband), for which the monarch had been indebted to him. That was why he decided to ask for the princess’s hand, since he had the right to do so by the Law of Surprise.

So that, the Law of Surprise is used to ask another person for compensation for an important action that was taken, such as saving a life. This implies receiving something that is not known to be needed in the future from someone who does not yet know that they can give.

Season 2 of The Witcher will be available on the Netflix catalog from December 17, 2021. In the meantime, here is everything we know about season 2 of The Witcher.


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