The series, based on the best-selling fantasy series of books of the same name, that was also adapted for video game purposes, is a tale of fate and family. Some of us may already be familiar with the character but for those who are not, here is a quick summary. The series takes place in a fantasy world known as The Continent where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and other monsters coexist. The story is focused on a witcher named Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Man of Steel), who is a famous monster hunter.
The cast also includes Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands) as Princess Cirilla.
For the uninitied … a witcher is a monster hunter and people fear witchers because of their differences. As a child, Geralt was given up by his mother to the men at Kaer Morhen to endure mutations and experimental trials that, more often than not, killed the children they were inflicted on. Geralt survived these trials which gave him enhanced abilities including greater strength, speed, endurance, ability to see at night and extreme resistance to pain. A side effect of these mutations is Geralt’s white hair, but he is anything but a white knight. Over the course of this first season we will see how he is drawn into The Continent’s growing political unrest and upheaval.
During San Diego Comic-Con 2019, I had an opportunity to interview some of the cast and gained some insights into their characters. Let’s begin with Yennefer of Vengerberg, who is a mage that was not born beautiful, but rather, powerful. Her innate power to harness chaos doesn’t apply only to her magical abilities, but to the core of who she is as a person. Like Geralt, Yennefer has a survivor’s soul. Yennefer is viewed as ruthless and manipulative, but there is another side of her which yearns for isolation from the world.
Princess Cirilla had a sheltered upbringing and experiences tremendous loss when her kingdom of Cintra falls. She escapes and is forced to adapt to life in an unsafe world without the ‘protections’ she once had. Cirilla is also not accustomed to the ways of her ‘new home’ and this will become evident through her interactions with others and the decisions she makes.
Life in The Continent is not utopian because differences are not accepted by all. The boundaries of good and evil are rigidly defined in this world and we may find there is a co-mingling of the two characteristics, as the story unfolds over this first season.
According to reports, the producers have mapped out several seasons which means if the first season is successful, we are bound to see a lot more of Geralt and his adventures in The Continent.
Here is a featurette which showcases some of the characters in this series:
Lastly, here is the latest trailer for the series:
Keep an eagle eye out for your Netflix queues as The Witcher premieres on Friday, December 20.
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