Adaptations of beloved fantasy franchises have been very hit and miss over the past couple of decades, with many arguing they’ve missed than striking true. With Netflix set to release their adaptation of the beloved Witcher franchise later this year, there are many fans hoping they hit a bullseye. Let’s ease those doubts by talking about everything we know so far for season one of The Witcher.
The Witcher is an upcoming fantasy-drama series based on the novels of the same name by author Andrezj Sapkowski. The famous fantasy franchise rose to prominence thanks to The Witcher video game series adapted from the novels by CD Projekt Red. Netflix’s announcement that they would make an adaptation of the series was met with great intrigue with many excited to see an adaptation of a beloved franchise but has left many video game fans apprehensive about the upcoming series.
Everthing We Know So Far: The Witcher Season 1
Plot: The Witcher Season 1
The official synopsis for The Witcher is the following:
Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, 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
Cast: The Witcher Season 1
The core cast for the first season of The Witcher is as follows:
|Role||Actor/Actress||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|Geralt of Rivia||Henry Cavill||Justice League, Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout|
|Ciri||Freya Allan||Into the Badlands, Bluebird|
|Yennefer||Anya Chalotra||Wanderlust, The ABC Murders|
|Triss||Anna Shaffer||Harry Potter, Class, Hollyoaks|
|Jaskier||Joey Batey||The White Queen, Knightfall, Strike|
|Princess Renfri||Millie Brady||The Last Kingdom, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword|
|Tissaia||MyAnna Buring||Kill LISt, The Descent, Doomsday|
|Filavandrel||Tom Canton||Death Comes to Pemberley, Wasted, Richard III|
|Cahir||Eamon Farren||Chained, Twin Peaks, X: Night of Vengeance|
|Eist||Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson||Homecoming, The Borgias, You’re Killing Me Susana|
|Queen Calanthe||Jodhi May||The Last of the Mohicans, Sister my Sister, A World Apart|
|Stregobor||Lars Mikkelsen||House of Cards, The Killing, Headhunter|
Henry Cavill’s casting as Gerlat was met with a large amount of controversy in 2018. Many fans of the video game franchise of the same name felt that Cavill is too clean cut to look like the gruff and burly Geralt. We’ve seen Cavill in his outfit as Geralt but there is definitely more to add such as scars and a beard.
Many fans will hope that Charles Dance returns to the franchise to reprise his role as Emhyr var Emreis the Emporer of Nilfgaard. Dance played the role in the Witcher 3, but as Emhyr is yet TBA in the TV series, there’s hope yet!
Book Coverage: The Witcher Season 1
There are currently 8 Witcher novels that have been published since 1993:
Chronological Story Order
- The Last Wish (1993)
- Sword of Destiny (1992)
- Blood of Elves (1994)
- Time of Contempt (1995)
- Baptism of Fire (1996)
- The Tower of the Swallow (1997)
- The Lady of the Lake (1999)
- Season of Storms (2013)
Alongside the recent comic book stories and video games, there’s a very large amount of story that the TV series can cover. The Witcher could potentially become one of Netflix’s most expensive series to date, but if the series is popular amongst fans and subscribers then the cost of production will be more than justified.
The series is adapting the story of the novels and not video games.
Production Status: The Witcher Season 1
Production Status: Post-Production
Filming officially concluded on the 29th of May as multiple members from the cast and crew took to social media in celebration. The showrunner of the series Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed the wrap up with a post on her Instagram page.
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With the release stated to be late 2019, the series is now in post-production. This means all the special effects, the score and all further work to make the first season of The Witcher awesome.
We even got to see a hint of what the official logo of the series is going to look like…
Photos: The Witcher Season 1
A series of on-set photos were leaked recently during filming on the Canary Islands.
Recent photographs have even given us a first look at what the Nolfgaardian army will look like:
Online Reaction: The Witcher Season 1
New shows I’m hyped for in 2019:
-The Witcher (Netflix)
-Now Apocalypse (Starz)
-Good Omens (Amazon)
-The Boys (Amazaon)
-In The Dark (The CW)
-The Twilight Zone (CBS: AA)
— Chase (@ChaseStein_) March 4, 2019
me: oh that’s right! netflix is doing an adaptation of the witcher, I wonder how that’s going?
netflix: we’ve cast henry cavill as geralt of rivia!
— Caroline (@raphae1e) March 9, 2019
If The Witcher Netflix series is as good as the game series especially 3 then i dont know if anything could top it. And i loveeee Game Of Thrones
— Arnold (@tysonarnold97) March 4, 2019
The general consensus online is many are looking forward to the release of The Witcher. Fans of the video games will need to realise though that the series is adapting the story from the novels and not the video games.
Episode Count & Runtime: The Witcher Season 1
We can confirm that the first season of The Witcher will arrive with 8 episodes. Each episode will have approximately 60 minutes run time.
Trailer: The Witcher Season 1
The only trailer available at the moment was the reveal of Henry Cavill as Geralt. We speculate a trailer will drop during San Diego comic con (July 18th to July 21st).
Release Date: The Witcher
An official release date is yet to be confirmed but The Witcher will release in 2019, as it has now been confirmed by Netflix. The first season will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019, which means The Witcher will drop in either October, November or December. We rightfully speculated a late 2019 release date, as production and post-production is a lengthy process.
Are you looking forward to the release of The Witcher? Let us know in the comments below!