The Witcher is coming to Netflix this year, but before you renew that subscription here is everything you need to about this new highly anticipated series.
Where does it come from?
Ever since the brilliant success that HBO had with the adaptation of the book Game Of Thrones, production companies started to eye out promising novels that could turn into lucrative commodities. So it is not a secret that the Netflix series is based on the Polish novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, but what is even more interesting is the fact that this is not the first adaptation taken directly from the novels, because back in 2007 up until 2015 CD Projekt Red, one of the leading gaming companies in creating role-playing games, turned the novels into a behemoth of a game, a game that was praised as one of the best RPG games ever created,
this means that the novels, and the idea of The Witcher, hasve a monstrous fan base that is hungry for a series that will quench their thirst.
The only problem is that Netflix has been under a huge financial struggle ever since they had to stop some of the most important shows they had due to a copyright issue; like what happened with Daredevil, The Defenders, The Punisher and Iron Fist. So with this in mind, let us jump in to the cast and start talking about the Witcher world.
The Witcher, without spoiling the series, is a professional monster slayer named Geralt of Rivia that gets paid to literally kill monsters. And so the entirety of the novels follow his adventures in what is called The Continent,
an alternative world where everything you were afraid of as a kid is alive.
He roams his world alongside Ciri and Yennefer, his “sidekicks”, yes Geralt has sidekicks, which makes Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher, the most important character that could make or break the series. With this in mind Netflix casted Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia with Freya Allan as Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer.
What to expect?
So far it is hard to say what kind of series it will be like, I mean the genre can be a bit mixed, because the novels are full of action and drama, magic and supernatural, so it is hard for me to think about how they will implement all of them into an eight-episode long series, as it has been announced it will be only eight episodes long, the only issue is that not everything in a novel can be synthesized into the screen using cinematography and CGI (computer generated images) so the only thing we can do is
cross our fingers and hope they know what they are doing.
Should you watch it?
Absolutely. The Witcher will be a unique experience that is going to offer you a complete mystical immersion. I’m talking about the kind of experience that will take out the stress of your daily life, and between the daily mosquito struggle and the harsh heat of the summer, you deserve to have a cool remedy.
Written by Ayman Issam
Source of photos: netflix.com