The mysterious White Flame is constantly mentioned in seasons 1 and 2 of The Witcher . What exactly is it? The better question would be: who is it the White Flame? Nilfgaardians worship the mysterious character almost like a Christian savior.
Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni) speaks of the mysterious White Flame (otherwise known as Emhyr) as if it were a religious icon. She tells Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) that the White Flame saved her life. Fringilla also claims that the White Flame overthrew the Usurper. So in Fringilla’s eyes, the White Flame is the true king of Nilfgaard.
In season 2, episode 3 of The Witcher , Fringilla, Yennefer and Francesca (Mecia Simson) all have visions in an enchanted hut. Fringilla has a vision of the White Flame, dressed in the armor of a knight. The vision of the White Flame tells Fringilla that Nilfgaard must work with the elves to regain victory after Nilfgaard’s loss in the Battle of Sodden.
Meanwhile, Cahir (Eamon Farren), the Black Knight who led the White Flame army in Season 1, is freed from enemy clutches by Yennefer. “Don’t fool yourself,” Yennefer tells him. She too had listened to the vision she had had in the hut, telling her to break free. Yennefer’s vision was not the White Flame. However, after freeing the leader of the White Flame forces, his face ends up on wanted posters across the continent.
The finale of the second season of The Witcher finally answers the question about the true identity of the White Flame. In an excellent twist, the White Flame is revealed to be Duny (Bart Edwards). Duny, or rather Emhyr, is not only the White Flame, but also the biological father of Princess Ciri (Freya Allen). The White Flame has been looking for Ciri the whole time.
It is, of course, entirely understandable to be quite confused by this great revelation. Didn’t Nilfgaard fire Cintra in season one? The same kingdom of which Ciri was the princess? Why should Ciri’s father lead the charge against her daughter’s reign? And what happened to Ciri’s mother? The first season led us to believe that Ciri’s parents died in a shipwreck.
Is this Duny’s revenge against Calanthe?
Remember how Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May) was ready to kill Duny in the first season? Calanthe was not a fan of the true love of her daughter Pavetta (Agata Buzek). Duny had been cursed for looking like a porcupine for most of his life, so Calanthe didn’t want Pavetta to marry him. When Calanthe finally gave in and blessed her daughter’s wedding, the curse on Duny was released. So the question is: Did Duny become the White Flame out of Calanthe’s desire to take revenge?
We just have to wait and see what the motivations of Ciri’s father will be when the third season of The Witcher will be released on Netflix. Let’s not forget that Ciri has a loving father figure in Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). It will be interesting to see how Ciri’s biological father and figurative father interact in the future.