The Witcher Netflix Show 🐺 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions
The Witcher is a Polish novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski. But, most of you know about the video game series with the same name.
Produced and published by CD Projekt, a Polish video game studio, The Witcher video game series has only had three installments:
- The Witcher
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Despite only having three games on the market, the series has become a fan-favorite, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt selling over 30 million copies so far.
This is the reason why The Witcher Netflix series became a thing.
Everything About The Witcher (2019 – ) Netflix Series
Production, Release Date, and Reception
Two years after the release of Wild Hunt, in December 2017, TV producer and writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich announced that she’ll be the series showrunner. A month later, Lauren announced on Reddit that the script for the first episode was ready.
The first season of The Witcher series was filmed in numerous locations, including Poland, Hungary, Austria, and the Canary Islands. Filming began on October 31, 2018, and was done by May 2019.
The Witcher Netflix Series Season 1 Trailer
While in Hungary, most scenes were filmed at Origo Studios, such as the ones in Cintra, and Aretuza.
Before the first season premiered, in November 2019, the series had already been renewed for a second season.
The Witcher Netflix Series Season 2 Trailer
The first season is made up of eight episodes and was exclusively released on Netflix on December 20, 2019. The second season, that’s also made up of eight episodes, is scheduled to release on December 17, 2021.
The first season of The Witcher Netflix series received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received an average rating of 6.26/10 with a 68% approval rate. On Metacritic, the score was a bit lower at only 53/100.
Cast & Characters
- Henry Cavill (Geralt of Rivia)
- Anya Chalotra (Yennefer)
- Freya Allan (Ciri)
- Joey Batey (Jaskier)
- MyAnna Buring (Tissaia de Vries)
- Royce Pierreson (Istredd)
- Anna Shaffer (Triss Merigold)
- Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Dara)
- Mahesh Jadu (Vilgefortz)
- Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla Vigo)
- Eamon Farren (Cahir)
- Gianni Calchetti (Lord Hern)
The Witcher Netflix series follows Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter. Geralt finds it hard to adapt to a world where people are usually more vicious than the monsters that he’s been hunting.
But, fate has a few surprises for Geralt. In his journey, he meets a young princess, Crown Princess Ciri, and a powerful sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg.
With these two by his side, Geralt explores events from their childhood, in order to understand what led them to how they are. Eventually, these events merge into one timeline, where Nilfgaard is being invaded.
Review and Opinions
Having been preceded by tons of movie/series video game adaptations, many fans of The Witcher series (including ourselves) expected the show to be bad. That’s far from the truth.
Henry Cavill, who plays Geralt in the series, is by far the best part of the entire show. He was born to play Geralt. Apart from Henry, the movie has great fight choreography, leaving similar series jealous (we’re looking at you Game Of Thrones).
The only “bad” thing about the series is the overuse of destiny. While it’s a main point in the books, it got tiring to always hear about destiny.
Still, whether you’re a fan of video games or books, you should The Witcher Netflix series a view.
Tom Long: “And although “The Witcher” is more fantasy balderdash, it’s also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests, and wizards: It seems we can’t get enough.”
Josh Wilding: “Henry Cavill reinvents himself as Geralt, while Anya Chalotra steals the show from start to finish in The Witcher, an epic fantasy series that will fill the void in your life left by Game of Thrones.”