The Witcher series may have gained an obnoxious amount of popularity due to the video game series; however, let’s not forget what those video games were based on. The Witcher was originally a series of fantasy novels and short stories by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which have now been translated into English. Their stories revolve around Geralt of Rivia a “witcher,” or monster hunter with supernatural abilities. Like all well written and envisioned fantasy novels, The Witcher has blown up since the publication of Sword of Destiny (second chronologically, first in publication) in 1992.
The story takes place on the Continent, which was settled by elves thousands of years before humans arrived. Upon arrival, the elves went to war against the native dwarves and won. Their domination only lasted until humans arrived. Humans waged war against everything, winning and becoming the dominant species. All iterations of this world have been praised for its subtle irony and humorous ties to contemporary culture. Much like George R.R. Martin’s often mentioned series A Song of Ice and Fire, the world of The Witcher is one painted in shades of grey; no character is ever morally in the right (arguably). That being said, put this on your GoT bereavement list.
The Witcher series has been adapted into the referenced video games (which I can only assume have been the cause of multiple breakups, a lack of social skills, and a perfectly acceptable amount of obesity), graphic novels and is now being made into a Netflix television series. Henry Cavill, once the DC cinematic universe’s Superman (Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League), is now taking on the role of Geralt, who’s at least ten times cooler.
A teaser trailer was released that is basically nothing—just Cavil walking up to the camera in character (a simple test shot real), so watch it if you wish to waste twenty-two seconds of your life. The series is being filmed in Bulgaria, a place where hopefully no fans with an abundance of free time and sponsorship from various pro-spoiler organizations go. As a result, underwhelming set photos like the one below have leaked.
Freya Allan (Ciri), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) are also set to star in the adaptation. According to an article on Variety‘s website, Netflix recently announced that the first season of the inevitably bingeable series will debut in fall of this year. Their chief content officer Ted Sarandos let this slip Wednesday during a call when he said we would see The Witcher during the fourth quarter of this year, between October and December.
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