Netflix’s The Witcher Review
Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly review. This week I’ll be telling all of you why you MUST go watch Netflix’s The Witcher the second you finish reading. This show hasn’t even been out for two weeks yet and I’ve watched it through three times, so you already know Netflix did this show right!
The Witcher Franchise
The franchise itself has been around for roughly 40 years now and was originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 80’s. Back then it all started Polish short stories but quickly evolved as these Witcher stories grew in popularity. It had grown so much in fact that in 1996 a video game had went into development. Unfortunately, the game flared out and we would need to wait until CD Projekt Red released their rendition of the Witcher series as a video game in 2007. Since then, the series has truly taken off. The Witcher III was released in May of 2015 and is renowned as one of the greatest video games of all time. The success up until that point is ultimately what leads us to current day and Netflix beginning their own rendition of Sapkowski’s stories.
For the most part, Netflix’s The Witcher takes on the main portions of Sapkowski’s stories. They have, of course, taken their own creative liberties for certain pieces, but all in all we see Geralt and his companions following the same path that had previously been laid out for them. The story so far revolves around our Witcher trying to find a princess he’s destined to protect (Ciri) all while he’s accompanied by a wide array of companions (Jaskier/Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold, etc. etc.). As a Witcher, Geralt obviously kills a plethora of monsters (including some of human kind) throughout this first season of epic television, but we also get much, much more. The first season jumped around quite a bit and even confused many with its multiple timelines, but it was a perfect setup for what’s to come in season two.
Witcher Cast, Predictions, and Rumors
I do not even know where to begin with how wonderful this cast was for season one of The Witcher. Before the show was released in late December, many people were unsure of how Henry Cavil’s performance of Geralt would pan out. Countless online personalities were saying he should have been played by someone else, ranging from Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft) to Mads Mikkelson (Death Stranding, King Arthur, Hannibal). Even though seeing either of those two would have been incredible (especially Fimmel, he’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors), it’s hard to imagine anyone but Henry Cavil playing Geralt at this point. For those of you who don’t know, Cavil is a massive fan of The Witcher franchise and loses himself within the series/video games all the time. His performance along with those of Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Joey Batey as the wonderful bard Jaskier, this show could not have been cast anymore perfectly.
With out spoiling season one’s ending (WARNING: potential spoilers ahead) I’d like to discuss some predictions for what we should expect to see in season two. With Geralt and Ciri finally finding each other, we have to assume season two revolves around the two of them making their way to Kaer Morhen. I cannot imagine they would jump directly into the two joining Vesemir at the training grounds for the wolf school of Witchers, but that is also a possibility. I think the former will be the case because if they jump directly into Ciri’s training they will need to introduce The Wild Hunt very early on in the show, and I think that is something they will probably want to hold on to until the finale of season two or maybe even season three. Not to mention, Freya Allen is returning as Ciri for season two so we can anticipate the 14 to 15 year old Ciri remaining within the story line rather than the older rendition of Ciri we have seen in some of the books and video games over the years.
As far as rumors go, there are not that many yet for season two. The second season has already been green lit by Netflix after its massive success and is set to begin production in early 2020. With that being said, we should expect new episodes by late 2020 or early 2021, but nothing can be for sure until writing/shooting/etc has been completed at some point in 2020. On top of that, it is spreading that Mark Hamill himself will land the role of Vesemir (come on, how could you not give it to him…), but at this point those “rumors” are pure speculation.
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