Of The Witcher

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.

Henry Cavill The Witcher

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 Witcher

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.

The Witcher Cast
...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)

Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt of Rivia and Ciri of Cintra 
The Witcher
Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt of Rivia and Ciri of Cintra

The Witcher Season 2 review

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.  

Geralt of Rivia The Witcher Netflix
Geralt of Rivia The Witcher Netflix

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.

The Ugly

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Frangilla Vigo played by Mimi Khayisa The Witcher Netflix
Frangilla Vigo played by Mimi Khayisa The Witcher Netflix

Have you watched The Witcher or this is not your cup of tea.

~B

14 Comments

  1. I follow a couple of people who were/are big fans of both the games and the books and their very mixed reaction to the show convinced me it wasn’t for me. I was looking forward to it because I like Cavill (he played Superman perfectly imo) but when they started talking about specifics of the show, I just had pass.

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    1. Hmmmm Cavilling really played superman so well I have managed to almost get over how when I closed my eyes I only used to see Christopher Reeve as superman after growing up watching reruns of the old superman movies..
      For what it’s worth Cavill does do a great job in the Witcher, I wouldn’t say throw it out complete I’d say it’s one of those things you watch without expectations, (unless you are a fan of the books then in which case stay away from it if you don’t want heart burn 😂)

      ~B

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  2. I’ve watched both seasons. Season 1 was more epic and its build up was nice. Season 2 felt like it was explaining season 1 occurrences for the most part, and yes Geralt shouldn’t have to kill monsters all the time. Interesting facts on Frangilla. Its an awesome series though

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    1. You are spot on!!! Season 1 definitely gets all the points for being epic, season 2 was more of an explainer.
      The Witcher has held the Netflix record for being the most watched so it’s definitely onto something

      ~B

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  3. I came across season one at home recently, must have been my brothers. Had not watched it yet but I guess this will make me grab at it.

    Ps; I will not look for explainer videos but probably run to you. Hehehehe

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  4. The Witcher sounds like it should be on my to watch list. My friends made me watch an episode, but fast forwarded it to the thirst trap of Henry Cavill (they said that’s the most important aspect of the series🤣)

    Wow Mimi Khayisa has a beautiful and strong heritage. One chief, one religious founder…she was sure to be a star.

    Thank you B, I will definitely check it out🌸🌸🌸

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    1. What strange friends you have 🤣🤣🤣
      But yes you should totally watch it!!! It is surprising quite intriguing and you’ll find yourself invested

      Mimi Khayisa has and a very fascinating heritage, and I’m sure she has had a fascinating experience of two worlds which don’t mix easily and then ending up in an industry which doesn’t quite line up with Either of the two hmmmm one day hope to have a quick chat with her about all this

      Thanks
      ~B

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    1. Hmmm I preferred the first season to the second, it had a bit more intrigue… So I’m guessing if you didn’t enjoy season 1 then season 2 isn’t designed to convince you to enjoy it if you weren’t already invested 🤔
      But I suppose as just something to watch.. one day.., wouldn’t strike it off the list completely 🤣🤣

      ~B

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