Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. The Netflix series follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together. Netflix obviously has a lot of faith in the series, as they’ve already renewed it for a second season.
Netflix has released a trio of new character posters for The Witcher featuring Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra).
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, executive producer and showrunner of The Witcher, spoke with Variety when the trailer for the series was released, and commented on those who are referring to the series as the next Game of Thrones.
When people ask me, “Is it going to be the next ‘Game of Thrones’?”, I think: “Well, I hope it’s that successful!” I want nothing more than for “The Witcher” to run season after season and have a huge following. That being said. I think that’s kind of where the comparisons end. One of the fun things we have on “The Witcher” is it’s not based in any [specific] historical time. Most fantasy is thought of as kind of medieval…But “The Witcher” takes place in sort of an unknown time and an unknown place.
“The other big thing story-wise where we differ…is that we are diving into the mystical a lot more,” Hissrich continued. “There’s magic and there’s monsters…I think for a long time television didn’t have a budget to really deal with monsters. Because it’s a really clever blend of prosthetics and also CG. And this was something that was really reserved for feature films. Gut Geralt is a monster hunter, so we can’t have a series without monsters…The other thing is magic. My kids are huge fans of Harry Potter, and magic is a great part of fantasy. There is a fantasy fulfillment of getting to do anything you want to do just by the power that’s coming out of your fingers or your mind. But “The Witcher” isn’t that kind of black-and-white world. One of the things that we built in is: What is the cost of magic? If you’re going to practice magic you’re going to lose something as well….It forces our characters into places where they have to use their brains a lot more than sort of relying on magical tools.“
The Witcher will debut on Netflix on December 20th.