While I’m no die hard fan, I know that Game of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show of the decade and with it ending this year the question is “what’s going to fulfill our dragon fantasy needs now”? Well, The Witcher might just be the perfect candidate.
The first time I was introduced to the series was on PlayStation 4 back in 2015 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I was immediately drawn to its deep lore, complex characters, action and mature content which are all elements that Game of Thrones has been praised for. In what seems like perfect timing Netlfix is shooting for a new fantasy TV series to hopefully ride the hype of Game of Thrones with The Witcher.
The Witcher video games are based on the novels of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The story centers around a “witcher” known as Geralt of Rivia, who is a professional hunter paid to deal with supernatural creatures ranging anywhere from bridge trolls to city destroying dragons. All the elements are there however for a great fantasy drama but when it comes to Netflix there’s about a 50/50 chance of getting a show like Daredevil or a show like Iron-fist. Luckily for us I think we’re in good hands as Daredevil writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is leading the charge and bringing back up with directors Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones) and Charlotte Brandstrom (Outlander). Henry Cavill aka the newest Superman in the DC cinematic universe will be playing Geralt.
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkP
— Netflix US (@netflix) October 31, 2018
It definitely seems like Netflix isn’t pulling any punches on this project. We’re expecting a release date around late October this year so there’s a bit of a wait, I’m not complaining though as long as it delivers.
As far as the story goes all we have is a short description from Netflix “When destiny hurtles [Geralt] toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together,”. Powerful sorceress aye? Dare I say it’s Yennefer?
All and all fans of Game of Thrones may not have to wait long for their next fantasy fix because The Witcher TV series is looking very promising.