The Witcher is a fantasy drama streaming television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. It stars Henry Cavill of the Superman fame cast as Geralt of Rivia.
Season 1 of The Witcher was released on Netflix 20 December 2019 and after a two year wait Season 2 was released on 17 December 2021. The Witcher series has been in Netflix Top Ten since its release till the last week of January.
The plot is centered around three main characters Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri of Cintra, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg and their intertwined destinies.
...It's the story of a broken family. It's a story of three people who are on their own in the world, really orphans all living in the margins of society who are determined to not need anyone, and yet of course they do...
Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger tip which made the wait for Season 2 seem agonizingly long and season 2 picks up the story exactly where it ended ( after the two year wait one may need to rewatch season 1 or watch a refresher video)
The Witcher Season 2 review
The timeline in Season 1 was fragmented across different time periods in a way that made understanding if what was happening was in real-time or flashbacks, a daunting task. When I was watching Season 1, I ended up having to look for explainer videos, to explain to me what I had just watched.😅
Season 2 follows a more linear storyline and its easy to keep up with most of the things, (except of course, if you thought you had the memory of an elephant and just out of the blue watched Season 2 without doing a bit of a re-cap exercise)
While Season 1 was more of world-building and backstories to get us into the soul of the story, Season 2 builds on these foundations and quickly draws you making it more reverting from the start.
Geralt of Rivia speaks more even if he still does his trademark grunts at people asking him personal questions.
Not sure why they are sticking to the formula of having Geralt fight a monster in almost every episode, as if he is one of the Winchesters from Supernatural. Yes we get it, he is a monster-hunter with skills enhanced by magic, but they could ease up on the unnecessary monster-slaying trope or at least vary the types of monsters and even add more to the sublimely explored theme that sometimes human beings can be the worst kind of monsters.
While The Witcher has a number of characters, for the most, part they are background pieces whose roles are not fully utilised even when they are a central part of a story arc.
I haven’t read the books that the series is based upon but they are on my TBR, however, from commentary in the circles of those who read it, season 2 deviates greatly from the book canon while season 1 was primarily on the course. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich says that season 3 will be more true to the books.
Season 1 and Season 2 of The Witcher each have 8 episodes so it’s perfect for a stormy weekend binge. The series has been approved for the third season and hopefully we wont have to wait another 2 years.
Did you know that the role of Fringilla Vigo is played by an actress with Zimbabwean ancestry? Mimi M. Khayisa was born in England; but her father is from Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe and is the eldest son of Chief Kayisa Ndiweni, while her mother was from South Africa and was the daughter of Reverend Geoffrey Bizeni Mkwanazi, the founder of Assemblies of God in South Africa.
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