The latest The Witcher Netflix Series trailer definitely changed minds and the excitement is full speed ahead. Apparently, the show is on that long road, because seven seasons have been mapped out.
“I’ve [mapped out stories] for seven seasons. Right now it’s just about, ‘How do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’ The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to,” said showrunner Lauren Hissrich in a recent interview with SFX magazine.
When speaking with the showrunner and some of the cast, including the actresses for Ciri and Yennefer, Hissrich said that no matter how many seasons they run, “the show will never adapt the story from the game.” With CD Projekt RED’s adaptation of the novels having such a massive impact, that news is sure to disappoint many, but her reasoning was beyond sound. She told Prima Games exclusively that the show gives fans a chance to learn the incredible world-building of this franchise from the ground up.
There’s a huge gap between the books and the games, and even then – the books left a lot of nuance to the minds of the reader in terms of a foundation of the world of witchers and monsters. Hissrich told us that this was the best opportunity to give both the most hardcore fans of the books and games, as well as newcomers, a chance to have a closer-than-ever look at the world we’ve all fallen in love with.
With a tagline of “The Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” it’s hard not to be totally amped for the upcoming 8-episode long series!
The upcoming show stars Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the main protagonist himself, alongside Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold. The author of the books himself is also on board with the project, working as the creative consultant for Hissrich’s vision.
The Witcher Netflix series officially debuts on December 20th!