During the terrible battle at Aretuza, Tissaia (MyAnna Buring) casts “the spell of last resort,” which lets her use lightning to kill the elves who have invaded. But Tissaia taught her students that magic always comes with a cost. The spell makes Tissaia very weak, almost to the point of death.
But Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) finds her before she can give in to her fate completely. But it looks like the character’s fate has been decided for a long time. People who have read The Witcher books know that Tissaia kills herself in Season 3, Episode 8 of the Netflix show. So, why does Tissaia commit suicide? Continue reading to learn more.
Why Does Tissaia Kill Herself In ‘The Witcher’ Season 3?
After her lover Vilgefortz betrayed her, Tissaia feels like she is partly to blame for the deaths and damage of her fellow mages and Aretuza. Yennefer has gotten the rest of the wizards together, and she wants to come up with a way to fight back against Nilfgaard and the elves. But in her weak state, Tissaia seems to want to give up.
Tissaia is given a pep talk by Yennefer, who tells her that she is the strongest sorceress and that the other girls, especially Yennefer, need her power and leadership. In the last episode of Season 3, Tissaia writes Yennefer a goodbye letter in which she talks about their first lesson in magic. “Sometimes a flower is just a flower, and the best thing it can do for us is to die,” Tissaia says while holding a flower and lifting a rock, which kills the flower.
This lesson shows that the strong will rise up and “ascend,” while the flowers will just act as a way for magic to flow through them and then die after they’ve done their job. At the end of the story, Yennefer and the other mages find the dead body of Tissaia. Even though Yennefer is very sad about losing her “mother,” she knows she has to lead the other sorceresses in the fights that are coming up.
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MyAnna Buring on Tissaia’s Relationship With Vilgefortz In ‘The Witcher’ Season 3
In Season 3, fans get a better look at how Tissaia and Vilgefortz feel about each other. But the Brotherhood is divided about what should happen to Ciri. MyAnna Buring talked to ScreenRant before about how this makes their connection different.
“I think Tissaia very much feels that supporting Vilgefortz, and the fact that they are working as a team together, is going to help them navigate these really polarized opinions that are threatening to sort of crack the Brotherhood apart,” the actor told the outlet. “It’s always been a really tight political tightrope to walk, but I think she feels that they are steps ahead and therefore they will manage to handle the Brotherhood and eventually take more control. I think that’s the ultimate sort of aim.”
“If it works out or not, that is a different story, but I think that’s very much [the point of] that allegiance with Vilgefortz,” she added. “And that connection with Vilgefortz is very important to her.”
Unfortunately, as fans find out in Part 2, Vilgefortz’s betrayal is a devastating blow for Tissaia. We will surely miss the head sorceress in Season 4.