The Witcher is one of the most eagerly awaited shows to come out this year. Netflix just released the most action-packed trailer yet to sink your teeth into.
Excitement has been brewing ever since Netflix announced that they were making a series based on the popular Witcher novels by Andrzej Sapkowski (and equally popular game). Casting buzz over stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and newcomer Freya Allan as Princess Cirilla has only enhanced the anticipation for the fantasy adaptation.
Netflix recently dropped the last trailer before the Dec. 20 release date for the full first season, and there is so much to love here (and decipher). Let’s get to it!
First off, there is a serious battle that is bringing many of our key characters together to face off against the kingdom of Nilfgaard’s massive offense. Much of Season 1 of The Witcher tells the story of the three main characters’ enthralling journeys. From the scenes included in the trailer, it’s clear that Geralt, Yenn, and Ciri are on a collision course to join up against Emhyr var Emreis, who has amassed a mighty force unlike anything seen on The Continent, the fantasy realm that encompasses The Witcher.
Many of the scenes shown in the trailer are not included in the five screeners that were available to reviewers (myself included). There’s a lot of new footage to comb through.
Geralt and Yennefer of Vengerberg will join up at some point, enlisting the assistance of the mages she trained with. The politics of the mages will come into play, including the fascinating Tissaia (MyAnna Buring).
Princess Cirilla of Cintra is another matter, on the run at the outset of her backstory, and who looks to be in serious peril from all the trailers and featurettes that Netflix has dropped. Will she make it to Geralt in time to save herself or win back her kingdom?
The only thing I can tell you (without spoilers) is that there are twists and turns in her evolving storyline that will impede her ultimate trek. We know from the books and game that Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will come to form a threadbare family, but since the show has at least two seasons to explore, we have no idea when this will occur.
It seems as if no expense has been spared for The Witcher and the combat scenes are no exception. If you are looking for a series to fill the hole left from Game of Thrones, look no further than this beautifully filmed, demon-filled, monster-populated pseudo-Medieval world.
Season 1 of The Witcher drops on Netflix on Dec. 20, just in time for holiday bingeing ,with eight episodes. Since Season 2 has already been green-lit, we have something to look forward to after devouring the first installment. Check back here for all your Witcher updates.