Hope for The Witcher

Think Christian | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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Herein lies the first evidence of Yennefer’s insatiable pursuits, all of which will leave her empty. She believes that if she undergoes an incredibly painful and shame-inducing “corrective surgery,” she will be able to attain what she wants through her newfound beauty. The procedure is visceral, bloody, and marked by feminine suffering. Yennefer climbs into a chair that is darkly reminiscent of a modern gynecological seat, placing her feet apart in what can only be described as medieval stirrups. In this subversion of childbirth, we see Yennefer bloodied, covered in sweat, and screaming in pain, as terrible spells are cast on her in order to straighten her spine and jaw. What’s more, the transformation requires Yennefer to be sterilized. Instead of being reduced to a womb, she experiences something opposite but equally distressing: she has the potential for life taken away from her.

At the end of the third episode, the newly transformed Yennefer emerges from a doorway and into the light, a dark, subversive nod to Cinderella’s fabled arrival at the ball. She captures the attention of a powerful ruler and is selected as his mage. If this were a Disney film, Yennefer might have found her happily-ever-after. But a 30-year time jump in the next episode shows an unnaturally youthful Yennefer, preserved in beauty, but still dissatisfied and power-hungry as ever. A dire warning from a fellow mage foreshadows what is to come: “No amount of power or beauty will ever make you feel worthy of either...” Yennefer is again pursuing all the wrong things and discovering that despite her best...
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