‘The Witcher’ is an exciting fantasy adventure series that is set to air on Netflix. The action and drama show has been adapted for the streaming platform by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. She has worked with the streamering service before on shows like ‘Daredevil‘ and ‘The Defenders‘.
The show is based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. The books have already been converted into a successful video game and Netflix has quickly moved to capitalize on its popularity. The show revolves around the Geralt of Rivia, a witcher, and mutated monster hunter, who tries to find his place in a world full of beasts and cruel people.
My first introduction to ‘The Witcher’ was not through the books but through the games. Rarely have I encountered a world so expansive and immersive, while at the same time managing to be fraught with dangers. While this made for a rather challenging gaming experience because yours truly kept failing at certain quests, it is bound to make for a very interesting watch when it comes out as a series. There is a lot to unpack within the franchise, and we hope that Netflix does justice to the immense universe they have taken on. If done right, we could see the magic unfold in front of our eyes, on the screens. If not handled properly, it will be a grisly demise for a franchise with immense possibilities. Anyhow, no point focusing on the negatives beforehand, sit back and read up on all we know about the upcoming season of the show.
The Witcher Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Witcher’ boasts of an impressive cast. First off, we have Henry Cavill, known for playing Superman in the DCEU, who appears as the protagonist Geralt. Unfortunately, from some of the early images that have been released, he looks more like an aged Legolas from ‘Lord of the Rings‘ than the bearded monster hunter we are familiar with. His character has been described as “stoic, circumspect, balanced and fierce”. The director has also said that he has a soft corner in his heart, as most rough heroes do, but maybe we will not get to see that till the end.
Other cast members include Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, who is Geralt’s lover, besides being a powerful sorceress. The director has described Yennefer’s conundrum saying she is “seeking to fill a family-sized hole in her heart even though she resents it and swears she’s just fine on her own but she is not and we love her for being both independent and vulnerable”. It remains to be seen if this character oscillation can be executed with finesse on-screen. Meanwhile, Ciri is resilient, brazen, and relentless.
There are several other characters who make up the wide and diverse world of ‘The Witcher’, but these are three that we are going to be focused on once the show begins.