With Netflix’s “The Witcher” series now out in the wild, reviews have come in with critics unimpressed and audiences seemingly embracing it wholeheartedly judging by the online polls. That includes the IMDb where it’s doing the best numbers ever for a Netflix series.
Viewership numbers aren’t in yet either through third party channels or Netflix itself, but one thing that has come up is a reaction from “The Witcher” author Andrzej Sapkowski who penned the books that serve as the show’s basis.
Speaking with People, Sapkowski understandably has nothing but great things to say about the series, and especially its leading man Henry Cavill as Geralt: “I was more than happy with Henry Cavill’s appearance as The Witcher. He’s a real professional. Just as Viggo Mortensen gave his face to Aragorn [in The Lord of the Rings], so Henry gave his to Geralt – and it shall be forever so.”
He also says he’s aware the show won’t follow his source material much: “Not much, I confess. I strongly believe in the freedom of the artist and his artistic expression. I rarely interfere. And very rarely try to impose my view on another artist.”
What he does hope for is people walk away happy… and aroused? “I shall be happy if the viewers – and readers – take anything away, anything that shall enrich them in some way. Also, I sincerely hope to leave the viewers – and readers – hot. In every sense. Not tepid, not lukewarm.”
The amount of nudity in the series has been commented on around social media, from the numerous extras running about naked to the surprising lack of frontal or backside shots from its leading man despite teases of his nudity being a big selling point in all the show’s marketing.
“The Witcher” is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.