The Witcher (TV series)

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The Witcher
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Details
Type
TV series
Network
Netflix
Director(s)
Tomasz Bagiński (one of many)
Producer(s)
Executive producers:
Writer(s)
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Consultant(s)
Andrzej Sapkowski (creative consultant)
Date
December 20, 2019

The Witcher is a TV series produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and released on Netflix. It is based on the Witcher series of books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.


In this drama series, an unconventional family comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. Based on the globally popular fantasy saga.
― Placeholder text on Netflix.com


The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.
― Placeholder text on Netflix.com


Overview[edit | edit source]

  • Lauren S. Hissrich, executive producer, has praised the "dream casting" for the Witcher series. Season 1 consists of 8 episodes, and each episode is one hour long. The series was tentatively set to premiere in 2020, but in the final trailer the date was set to December 20, 2019.
  • On November 13, 2019, Netflix US posted in a Tweet, that the show would be renewed for a second season.
  • Filming for season 2 began in February 2020, which is set for a 2021 release.[1]
  • According to PC Gamer, the showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has material prepared for six more seasons. When commenting on that quote, she said there is enough material for 20 seasons.[2]
  • The series will adapt the novels and shortstories.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main[edit | edit source]

Recurring and guests[edit | edit source]

New in Season 2[edit | edit source]

According to a Netflix tweet and an article on PCgamer, several new cast members were announced for season 2.[8]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Each episode is structured episodically and contains several timelines. The first three episodes are mostly devoted to the introduction of the three main characters Geralt, Yennefer and Cirilla. Throughout the series, many of the details differ greatly from the books they are based on, or have been supplemented. Lauren S. Hissrich explained some of the differences between season one and the books, saying that those decisions were debated a lot and were not taken lightly.[9]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Episodes in season 1 are based on the collection of shortstories in The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.

No. Title Written by Release date
1 "The End's Beginning" Lauren Schmidt Hissrich 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of the short story "The Lesser Evil", Geralt and Ciri are introduced in separate timelines, Cintra is attacked and Ciri has to flee the Nilfgaardian invaders.
2 "Four Marks" Jenny Klein 2019-12-20
Contains parts of the short story "The Edge of the World". Ciri's escape is continued. Yennefer's origin story is introduced.
3 "Betrayer Moon" Beau DeMayo 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of the short story "The Witcher". Triss is introduced as the counsellor of King Foltest. Yennefer agrees to her transformation by Giltine.
4 "Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials" Declan de Barra 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of "A Question of Price".
5 "Bottled Appetites" Sneha Koorse 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of the short story "The Last Wish".
6 "Rare Species" Haily Hall 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of the short story "The Bounds of Reason".
7 "Before a Fall" Mike Ostrowski 2019-12-20
Geralt returns before Cintra's Fall and demands to bring Ciri to safety. Calanthe agrees and tries to swap the princess with a commoner girl. Geralt is locked up in the gatehouse. Nilfgaard attacks. Yennefer is asked by Tissaia to return to Aretuza and joins a meeting of the mages. The fate of the Northern Kingdoms is discussed.
8 "Much More" Lauren Schmidt Hissrich 2019-12-20
Contains story parts of the short story "Something More". The mages fight against Nilfgaardian forces.

Locations[edit | edit source]

The Witcher has been filmed in these locations:[10]

  • Budapest, Hungary
    • Origo Studios, Budapest (studio)
    • Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest
  • Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
    • Agaete
    • Cuevas Blancas
    • El Paso, La Palma (filming location)
    • Garafía, La Palma (filming location)
    • Guayedra
    • La Palma (filming location)
    • Mapalomas
    • Roque Nublo
    • San Andrés y Sauces, La Palma (filming location)
    • Tamadaba
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Ogrodzieniec, Poland (castle)

Season 2[edit | edit source]

These locations are new in season 2 of the series:

  • Arborfield Studios, near London, UK[11]
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland[12]

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

First season soundtrack for 8 episodes was composed by:

Rumors[edit | edit source]

On-line resources[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

A screen test of Henry Cavill as Geralt.

The official teaser trailer from June 20, 2019.

The creation of Kaer Morhen, by Torpedo Pictures, Canada:

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]