“Witcher” Series Had To Be Very Selective

The Witcher Episode Titles Teases

Netflix’s lavish “The Witcher” series is based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy novels, and as such has plenty of material from which to mine its storylines and characters.

Henry Cavill stars as 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.

In a new interview with ComicBook.com, executive producer Tomek Baginski confirmed that the first season won’t be covering all the six short stories that make up the first book “The Last Wish”. In fact, Baginski says it was very difficult for them to fit what they could into only eight episodes.

“The books were a lot more source material than we could fit into eight episodes. So we have to really be very, very careful with choosing which stories we want to tell. And Lauren [S. Hissrich, showrunner,] did a really great job. Not only choosing the right stories to tell the story of Geralt, but also by giving some background both to Yennefer and to Ciri. Because for us the goal was always to tell a bigger story. A bigger story comes up first with the saga, and the saga there is not only about Geralt and his friends, it’s also about Yennefer, it’s also about Ciri, and we knew that we have to build those characters earlier.”

The series also stars Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Mimi Ndiweni as fledgling sorceress Fringilla, Sabrina as Therica Wilson-Read, Millie Brady as outcast Princess Renfri, Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Queen Calanthe’s husband, the knight Eist and MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, head of the magical academy.

“The Witcher” is set to premiere on December 20th on Netflix.