‘The Witcher’ Couldn’t Fit Entire First Book In Season 1, Says EP
An executive producer for Netflix’s upcoming fantasy series The Witcher reveals that the entire first book of the series could not fit into the first season.
Tomek Bagiński was recently interviewed by comicbook.com in promotion for the highly-anticipated series which stars Superman actor Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Given the scope of The Witcher book series and the amount of source material that is necessary in building the world that author Andrzej Sapkowski created over the course of eight books, the first book entitled The Last Wish couldn’t be fit into season 1 in its entirety.
You can read what Tomek Bagiński had to say about fitting in The Witcher’s source material into the first season down below:
“Actually 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 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.”
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Here is the synopsis for The Witcher:
“Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. 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.”
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Aretuza, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri, with Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers.
The Witcher will be available on Netflix on December 20, 2019.