The Witcher found its success in the video game world, so the task of adapting its source material, the acclaimed novels from Andrzej Sapkowski, into a television format would always be met with hesitation for a number of reasons. Mainly, due to the novels having such a wealth of content, mythology, and lore to draw from, the television format would better work in its favour, but the finer details would need to be nailed down first. Netflix's task was gargantuan, aiming to please an extremely wide - and arguably very picky - demographic. Thankfully, The Witcher is superb in a lot of ways that could win the hearts of gamers and non-gamers alike.
Following the tale of the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, the story is told from the perspective of a handful of key players that expand this fantasy universe to always unique and interesting places. Geralt is a Witcher, a mutant bred from childhood to slay dangerous monsters; on the other end, an aspiring, deformed sorceress-to-be named Yennefer must overcome her insecurities to rise in the ranks. Finally, we follow Cirilla, the princess of a proud kingdom who inherits enormous power of her own. These three timelines are told mostly out of chronological order over the series' eight episode length, offering fantastic twists and turns.
...you can clearly tell that Cavill took tips from the gaming counterpart in voice, mannerisms, and demeanour.
...the first season lays an incredible foundation for subsequent seasons and terrific stories to catapult off of.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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22 December 2019
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