‘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.
The Witcher Plot: What is it about?
It has been confirmed that the show will not be based on the video games as was expected. Instead, Netflix has released a synopsis of the plot that has got fans excited. It reads: “The Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts”. Apart from this revelation, the executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, also have a bit more to tell you. “The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world”.
Since the show is going to be based on the books instead, we expect there to be much more richness and some context in the plot once it begins to unravel. People associated with the show have commented as much, saying, “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and hero inside of all our hearts.” Essentially, we will see Geralt on various quests, but destiny has different plans for him as Yennefer and Ciri will join up with him and together the three have to navigate a world that is unkind and can turn deadly at any moment. In all likelihood, the show will focus on the bonds made during these trying times.
Anyhow, this is all we have from the reports at this moment, and from what I know from playing the games. What the show actually entails remains to be seen.
The Witcher Season 1 Release Date: When does it premiere?
The Witcher season 1 will premiere sometime in 2019 — exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet by Netflix. There were initial worries that the show might get pushed back to 2020, but Henry Cavill has confirmed that it is on track for a 2019 release. He shared a post once the filming wrapped up, and said, “Season one of The Witcher has finally come to an end. The cast and crew worked tirelessly throughout, everyone pitched in and brought their A game to set and I couldn’t be more proud of you all”. Currently, the show is slated to release in Fall 2019, but we will keep you updated regarding an official release date.
The Witcher Trailer:
‘The Witcher’ Season 1 does not have an official trailer yet. However, you can watch this clip where Cavill appears all dressed up as Geralt. Feast your eyes before the show airs, and we suggest that you either read the books or if you are a gamer, try out the games, so you are at least familiar with the world that the show will throw you into when the time comes.
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