The Witcher’s first season was notoriously hard to follow. The reason, in no small part, was the show had three main characters — Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri  

Geralt and Yennefer only met after Yennefer finished her training at Aretuza .

Ciri and Geralt only found each other in the aftermath of the Battle of Sodden Hill. Yennefer and Ciri didn’t meet at all. 

So “Dear Friend …” represents a pivotal moment for the show: The first time Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri have been in the same room together. 

The temple is where Geralt trained in basic magic as a young witcher, which now he uses to charm monsters or push stuff with telekinesis.

But in addition to this useful training, the temple is clearly one of the safer and happier places Geralt experienced hardscrabble childhood.  

It’s a place where Geralt must check his swords at the door because fighting and politics are strictly banned. 

It’s also a place where he can seek advice from Nenneke, the warm and wise priestess who keeps the temple running. 

Most of all, it’s a place where the biggest danger to Ciri seems to be an awkward boy with an obvious crush on her.

That seems like an acceptable compromise given the monsters they’ve been fending off all season.