Netflix unleashed the full trailer for its highly anticipated eight-episode big-budget fantasy series “The Witcher” the other day, the series adapting Andrzej Sapkowski’s famed books which were already turned into a popular video game series.
The series stars Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as the young princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer. Variety spoke with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich at the Lucca Comics & Games convention where the clip debuted and she says the theme is one of the three leads coming together as a ‘broken family’ unit:
“They are tied together by destiny; they are all orphans in the world, kind of loners. None of them feel they quite belong. Certainly, none of them feel they need anyone else to survive. Because I wanted their family unit to be at the center of this, one of the big shifts that I had to make in the narrative of the books is I had to introduce Ciri and Yennefer a little bit earlier…and make them feel like fully formed characters of their own….That’s one of the big shifts I’ve made.”
She says the series will delve much more into the mystical than something like “Game of Thrones” with monsters and magic coming throughout. One thing it will have in common with that series is nudity and sex, though likely far less ‘exposition dressed up with sex’ scenes:
“‘The Witcher’ is a show for adults….With television pushing more into premium cable and now into streaming, you can say almost anything, you can see almost anything, you can do almost anything. The interesting [thing] to me is not relying on that as a crutch. Audiences are really savvy. They don’t need to be shocked. They are looking to enjoy a good story. So whenever I approach sexuality, intimacy between characters, or nudity, to me it’s about: Does this do anything for our story?… I always go back to story and character, and if it doesn’t have anything to do with those we don’t need it.”
The first season of “The Witcher” has been set for a December 20th premiere.