A new trailer has just dropped for Netflix’s The Witcher series, along with the information that the show is coming out on December 20th.
A couple of months back we got a teaser for Netflix’s The Witcher, but it mostly only served to show off the cast and how Netflix is adapting the world of the bestselling novels. With the new trailer, we now know more about how the showrunners are handling the overarching plot.
The narration in the opening of the trailer tells us a little bit about the freelance monster hunters known as Witchers and then moves on to talk about the themes of destiny and morality that heavily overlay the story. We hear Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) reject the idea of being bound to destiny, and we also see that he retains the dry wit he’s known for.
Despite being an adaptation of the books, there are some notable differences in the plot structure by the looks of it. I think some people have the impression that the show is based only on the first book, which is completely incorrect. Ciri doesn’t even appear until book two, and even then her role is rather minimal. It’s in the third book, which is the first in the series that’s a novel, where Ciri really comes into her own. This is because the first two books are both collections of short stories, and while they do have overarching themes and struggles for our heroes, they don’t have much of an overarching plot.
From what we’ve seen, it looks like the first three books are being retold in a more tied-together fashion. This is indicated by Geralt’s struggles with his destiny (a big part of the second book) and the focus on Ciri as an individual character.
The action in the trailers is looking pretty book-loyal too. We see Geralt twirling around as he slices up his foes with the tip of his blade. We also get a better look at the monsters in the show, and the CGI is looking pretty high-quality.
Netflix’s The Witcher is coming on December 20th. Will you be binging it day one? Let us know down in the comments!
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