The Witcher – Season 3 Episode 5 Recap & Review

The Art of the Illusion

In episode 5 of The Witcher season 3, the Brotherhood throws a party prior to the Conclave of Mages to ensure that people can socialize and let off steam. It’s an effective move because the party uplifts the mages’ spirits before forcing them to discuss challenging issues.

The ball additionally provides Geralt and Yennefer the opportunity to speak with various mages and attempt to gather the evidence they need to defeat Stregobor. Finding proof of Stregobor’s actions is what Geralt and Yennefer plan to do in order to present it at the Conclave of Mages. They learn, though, that they must move quickly.

Triss and Istredd discover the text of Monoliths inside Stregobor’s safe shortly after teaming up. Triss reveals these details to Geralt and Yennefer, pointing out how a magic user can use the text to travel across space and time. If Stregobor manages to get a grip on Ciri along with her raw magical power, the consequences could be disastrous. Therefore, Geralt and Yennefer have to come up with solutions quickly.

Istredd and Geralt intentionally engage in a fight. In order to divert attention, Istredd plays along. In the meantime, Yennefer enters Stregobor’s quarters secretly and breaks into his vault. Yennefer discovers a list of all the half-Elf students who attended Aretuza within the vault. Additionally, the sorcerer unearths items that once belonged to the girls who went missing.

Using her magical abilities, Yennefer uses the items to piece together the exact moment that Stregobor targeted each girl. She obtains the necessary evidence. Stregobor, unfortunately, has a safety feature that warns him of intruders when his vault is opened. Stregobor sets out to confront Yennefer inside his quarters as a consequence. Geralt, Triss, and Istredd follow shortly after.

Tissaia, Vilgefortz, as well as Artorius, join the squad after discovering that the others have all gone missing from the gathering. Stregobor acknowledges that he is working to free the school of elves. Stregobor, however, denies stalking Ciri or using the missing girls in tests.

Stregobor is confused by the text that Istredd takes out of his vault as well. To be tried following the Conclave of Mages, Stregobor is nonetheless captured. However, his sincere surprise suggests that he may not be the main culprit.

Geralt and Yennefer discover additional information regarding the real identity of the actual person driving the conspiracy against Ciri during their time in Aretuza and at the ball on Thanedd Island. They don’t give Stregobor’s capture much consideration. However, the pair quickly realizes their error after spending the entire night together.

Dijkstra informs Geralt that the Brotherhood has Nilfgaard spies, and that only Redania can protect Ciri. Yennefer is also informed by Philippa that they should cooperate rather than serve the Brotherhood because there is no stopping what is about to happen. In addition, she informs Yennefer that Lydia, a telepath who was blinded because of love and obeyed her lover’s every command, is similar to Tissaia in many ways.

With the aid of his witcher senses, Geralt notices that Lydia is wearing a pair of earrings crafted from the exact same rare stone that is featured on Tissaia’s bracelet, which she misplaced during Stregobor’s capture and that Yennefer later found. Only West Redania, the place in which the White Wolf discovered Rience’s master’s grisly experiments, can be said to contain the priceless stone.

Geralt effectively speculates that Lydia uses telepathy to communicate with the villain, the person she loves, because Teryn, the sole survivor of these tests, revealed Rience collaborated with a familiar individual from Aretuza as well as a woman with a funny voice. It’s straightforward to assume that Vilgefortz offered Lydia a pair of earrings considering that he gave Tissaia her bracelet.

Geralt and Yennefer need more proof in order to put every detail together. Vilgefortz attempts to undermine Geralt’s objectivity during the ball and recruits the White Wolf to help him. He maintains that the impending conflict cannot be stopped even though the Conclave of Mages is taking place to bring the Continent together. He also shows his favorite painting to Geralt, which depicts the coast where the Brotherhood was created.

It seems, Yennefer was dragged towards the coast when her portal started to fail in the previous episode. Vilgefortz altered the portal because he built it. He has been the mage that Geralt and Yennefer have been searching for the entire time, despite the fact that Stregobor is undoubtedly an evil man.

In order to locate Tissaia, who she thinks is in danger, Yennefer stays in her room and casts a location spell. In the meantime, Geralt pursues Vilgefortz. He senses the sounds of a battle echoing within the hallways as soon as he leaves the space. Dijkstra emerges from the shadows and surprises The Witcher with a blade at his neck, telling him that Geralt should’ve chosen a side while the White Wolf attempts to understand everything.


The Episode Review

A romantic evening spent by Geralt and Yennefer serves as the backdrop for The Witcher Season 3 Part 1 finale. The entirety of episode 5 is spent talking about what happened at the party they’ve just attended because we keep going back to it to see various conversations and instances from different perspectives.

There is absolutely no complexity to the conclusion of episode 5 that would make it worthwhile to reveal it. It’s a common technique in the mystery genre to repeat a pattern while revealing new information each time, but in this case, the revelation’s final outcome is so obvious and the routes taken to get there are so similar that the conclusion has a disadvantage of being the most exhausting scene in the whole first part.

The first half of The Witcher season 3 comes to a close with an episode that isn’t nearly as innovative as it believes it is, complicating its blatantly obvious developments to the point where it becomes tedious.

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