We fans of ‘The Witcher’ games have been viewing the announcements of Netflix’s upcoming serial adaptation of the game with some trepidation. The reason for this is the games contain a rich storyline, deep character development, and a deeply immersive open world layout. We become ridiculously invested in the story and characters, almost as if they were real (I met and immediately bonded with one of my best friends over our play of the game). It’s hard to believe that a TV series could do justice to this beloved world. Anyone remember the horror that was ‘The Shannara Chronicles‘ and the utter offense it was to the very idea of Terry Brooks’ ‘Shannara’ series? And yet, from the bits and bobs and pictures that Netflix has been releasing, it looks like they may actually pull this off!
The premise of ‘The Witcher’ is that the protagonist, a monster-hunter named Geralt of Rivia, gets caught up in political intrigue amongst empires, along with other characters dear to him, such as his love interest Yennefer of Vengerberg and his adopted daughter Ciri. I’m oversimplifying to the point that ‘Witcher’ fans are screaming in protest, but there isn’t time to even begin to do the story justice in this short article. Speaking of story — ‘The Witcher’ game series, at least, is based on the book series by the same name, authored by Andrzej Sapkowski.
The interesting thing about this latest Netflix pic release is we get a good view of what appears to be Geralt’s steel sword. As Geralt runs around saving hapless villagers from the various monsters that abound his world, he uses two swords — a steel one for ending regular critters and people and a silver one for the magical types.
So far, everything looks okay, but the acting and story will be the real test. ‘The Witcher’ will be starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. The series will be available to stream on Netflix this December.