Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Showrunner Urges Kids To Stay Far, Far Away From The Show. What To Expect At Release.
‘The Witcher’ is such a popular game that many fans are excited to see the Netflix show that is also based on the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. However, some people expressed concerns, wondering if the series would be too brutal, and showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, confirmed these fears. Here are the details.
A BRUTAL SHOW
The only way to stay faithful to the novels written by Sapkowski is to have the same tone portrayed in the series. Most fans are already expecting to compare the show to ‘Game of Thrones’ and other epic sagas that are not meant for younger audiences. But, the harshness of that universe is what makes this story dark and beautiful at the same time.
The game is successful because they have managed to blend this imaginary cold place with incredible scenes that depict how gorgeous it is, and they have also added some humorous parts that complete the world where Geralt of Rivia lives. Recently, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich posted a tweet which confirmed that the show is for adult audiences.
“Just watched a cut of #Witcher with Ben, and the verdict is in: this show is not for 5-year-olds. Like, really not. #TalesOfAWorkingMom”
That tweet is actually great news for fans of the novels and the games, as they will get an honest depiction of the world they have come to love for years. A water-down, family-friendly version could never have stayed true to the narrative of ‘The Witcher’. Furthermore, since it’s produced by Netflix, a streaming site that has no real restrictions on content, the showrunners can add many mature subjects.
This does not only refer to the violence of the story, but also to the fact that Geralt is a womanizer, as his sword is not used merely for fighting. The first season will have eight episodes, but since Lauren just tweeted about watching the test cuts, the date of release is still up in the air. It’s likely that they will premiere the series by the end of 2019.
The mature aspect of the show is also good news because if they stay true to that, then some fans might get over what they have done to some characters. Additionally, it might explain some of the more questionable things that Geralt of Rivia does like who he murders and how he protects those he loves.
The reason why everyone loves ‘Game of Thrones’ is because they made it as realistic as possible in a fantastic world. Dragons and White Walkers are not real, but fans take this show seriously because the politics, the intrigues, and human natures are portrayed in the most brutal and honest way possible. That is the example that ‘The Witcher’ has to follow.
Back in September 2018, Netflix announced that the show would be released in 2019 right after revealing that Henry Cavill had been cast as Geralt of Rivia. Right after that announcement, the voice actor of Geralt, Doug Cockle, posted his opinion on Netflix’s choice, supporting Cavill entirely in this new project.
“People keep asking…so…Let me go on record saying I think that #HenryCavill will do a great job as #GeraltofRivia! He’ll make it his own of course, as well he should, and I can’t wait to see what @LHissrich and the whole @netflix team create. It’s gonna be #magic.”
It’s important to remember that the Geralt in the novels and the one in the games have their own differences, and although fans have gotten used to the game version, the Netflix show might depict something dissimilar. Henry Cavill has the talent to do a fantastic job even though he has never been in an epic saga before.
However, that doesn’t mean that he cannot do well. After all, Heath Ledger was known for romantic comedies before he got his iconic part as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’. No one expected that he would portray one of the best crown princes of crime, especially because so many others had come before him.
Cavill has an advantage in this respect as no one has ever played the role of Geralt before, but the show will undoubtedly be compared to ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Vikings’ and others. Therefore, it will not be an easy task, but the project has the potential to be so massive that it’s safe to assume that Netflix and the showrunners did not make this casting decision lightly. Furthermore, Lauren tweeted about that choice months ago, stating:
“This is important, and from my heart. I met Henry in April. Over the next four months, I met/reviewed hundreds of other potential leads, many of whom were amazing. But what I never forgot was Henry’s deeply insightful understanding of Geralt’s strength and brutality, and more importantly, his wit and vulnerability. Because as a fan of the franchise, Henry saw beyond the script pages. He saw the human connection that Geralt perpetually needs, even if he denies it, kicking and screaming at every turn. What I saw was Geralt’s heart, in Henry.”
Fans will have to wait for the release of the show to honestly talk about whether Henry was the right choice or not. Some people might judge him for his role in the DCEU, but the failure of those films is not one person’s fault, and the fact that his mustache was horribly digitally erased in ‘Justice League’ was not his responsibility either.
In regards to the rest of the cast that has been announced in the months after that, some fans have complained that the race of some characters has been changed, and they will just have to trust that the showrunners are doing what is best for the series. After a while, people might not even remember that everyone was supposed to be white.
What do you think of the show staying true to the brutal story? Do you think Henry Cavill will do a great job as Geralt? Who would you have picked? If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love both the games and the books. See you next time!