Jaskier (Dandelion) is neither gay nor bisexual in The Witcher books. Meanwhile, some Reddit users are furious about his sexuality in the series.
Based on the same-named book series, Netflix's The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia on his adventure around the Continent, battling humans and monsters. His journey is intertwined with Princess Ciri of Cintra, who realizes she possesses the Elder Blood, which grants her incredible power. Their paths cross with Yennefer of Vengerberg's, a powerful character who has been through her own turbulent trip.
Another character that plays a vital role in Geralt's adventure is Jaskier, a bard who befriends Geralt and writes songs about him. His character develops over the seasons as he becomes more involved in politics and fighting on the Continent. One of the aspects of him that has always kept fans guessing about his sexuality. As a result, many viewers have been curious to know if he was gay in the books as well. Well, let's find the truth.
No, Jaskier (Dandelion) Is neither Gay nor Bisexual in the Witcher Books!
No, Jaskier was not gay (Bisexual) in the book, The Witcher. Meanwhile, his real name was Julian Alfred Pankratz (Viscount de Lettenhove), better known as Dandelion in the book, and was a poet, minstrel, bard, and close friend of Geralt of Rivia. However, his descent is unknown, except that he was of noble blood and was a cousin of Ferrant de Lettenhove, the royal initiator of Kerack.
Jaskier (Dandelion) is neither gay nor bisexual in The Witcher books.
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Talking about the Netflix show, the first two seasons of The Witcher center on Jaskier's growing renown as a bard, but by the third season, he is also well-known for his promiscuity. He has sexual interactions with several people while traveling around the continent. A talk with Vespula shows that Jaskier has had numerous sexual relationships over the years, including but not limited to men, women, dwarves, and polymorphous, all of which he says he doesn't regret.
It confirms Jaskier's sexuality is flexible rather than straight. Fans have been wondering about this since the first season when they noted his intense chemistry with Geralt. In the second season, we see Jaskier in the aftermath of his breakup with Geralt. Many viewers thought Jaskier was acting like a jilted lover, which could be related to his feelings for Geralt. However, actor Joey Batey and the author of The Witcher confirmed that Geralt and Jaskier's connection is strictly platonic and focuses on exploring male friendship.
While he may not have been in love with Geralt, Jaskier develops a crush on another man whom he strongly admires. In the third season, he encounters Radovid, the brother of the King of Redania. Radovid is educated and charming, and he and Jaskier have an instant attraction. Jaskier rejects his sentiments at first, but Vespula points out that he has a crush on Radovid.
When he next sees Radovid, they have a heated exchange and kiss. Joey Batey discussed this new chapter in Jaskier's life and how it strengthens the bard's character, allowing for more room for his story to be explored and for him to grow.
Jaskier's real name is Dandelion in the Witcher books.
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He stated, “He’s having his hot girl summer. It’s been really rewarding to see [his love life] told in a very visual way. [We] ensured that these romances are told truthfully — and sensitively and carefully, without resorting to stereotypes… Hopefully, we’ve created something that is special, a sapioromantic and sapiosexual [connection] that is as flawed as any other relationship in this show.” Considering all of this, we can conclude that Jaskier is less concerned with gender and more concerned with who they are as individuals.
Reddit Users Don’t Think Jaskier Should Have Been Gay!
Season 3 of The Witcher revealed that Jaskier is indeed gay (bisexual). However, many Reddit users believe he shouldn't have been gay. One user wrote,
In addition he was one of the only characters that behaved not traditionally „manly“ how media/society would define it. He showed that not acting tough and manly does not have to be considered feminine or gay. They completely destroyed that and I think many heterosexual men that are not traditionally manly (and don’t want to) could’ve used a little representation too.
Similarly, another wrote,
...It is either lazy, malicious or ignorant. Either way it shows they lack the skills, empathy or understanding to do their job correctly. At no point do I believe they intended to write a good story around a queer character and accidentally made these choices.
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