So The Witcher is a series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Nobody outside of Poland really cared about those books until CD Projekt Red made a trilogy of games adapting the story, one of which is extremely good. Then people were like, hey, this game is really well written, maybe the books are really good too? And it turns out that yeah, actually the books really are very good, too. One of the people who played The Witcher 3 and then ate up all the books is extremely yolked supernerd Henry Cavill. When Netflix announced they were producing an adaptation of the book series, he leapt at it, playing the lead role of the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.
Season 1 looks to be adapting at least portions of The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, and Blood of Elves. The first two are sort of short story prequel collections, with the novel series proper starting with Blood of Elves.
The Witcher series stars:
Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher: An absolute unit, a mutated killing machine with the sole purpose of stealing your girl
killing monsters. He has two swords, a steel one and a silver one for monsters, but silver swords are fucking expensive so he keeps it in a box. What, did you think he'd carry around TWO swords? That would just be silly!
Cirilla, Princess of Cintra. A bratty
plucky tomgirl whose destiny is bound up with Geralt's, assuming you believe in that sort of thing. There's about a dozen prophecies about her, which is a lot to deal with when you're still going through puberty.
Yennifer, sorceress, an asshole
nah, an asshole. Well, OK, so she's complex, and has had a hard life. She'd really prefer you focus on her jerky exterior and not on any of the secret softie on the inside. Deep, deep inside.
Roach, a horse. Absolutely flawless.
So, why am I excited for the series? The Witcher's often compared to Game of Thrones for its thematic focus on politics, the use of power and the consequences of its use. Unlike Game of Thrones though, our characters are rarely near the levers of power, and so instead they struggle more with how to lead good, ethical lives in a world so often filled with bad faith actors. Characters are complex, no one's ever making choices based on full information, and despite Geralt looking like Anime McCoolGuy, he's really a big ol' softie with feelings - and the books are emotionally mature enough to be like, yeah, that's a good thing. They're also surprisingly progressive - multiple lgbtq characters, the politics of racism and racial divisions are commented upon without trying to neatly shoehorn in elves = x minority group, and yeah, generally there's a reason these books have gotten a lot of love.
A new trailer is expected within the next week or so, and season 1 should premiere mid-December.
out now! Release date announced as December 20th.
Official Teaser Trailer
A trap is for fish: when you've got the fish, you can forget the trap. A snare is for rabbits: when you've got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words.