Netflix’s The Witcher reinvents Geralt of Rivia in major departure from book and game

Netflix’s The Witcher reinvents Geralt of Rivia in major departure from book and game

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THE showrunner for Netflix’s The Witcher has revealed there will be a big difference between Geralt of Riveria from the books and games and the one on the TV show.

Protagonist Geralt, played by Superman actor Henry Cavill, will talk much less than in the other adaptations.

The show is already drawing comparisons with HBO’s Game of Thrones
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Showrunner Lauren Hissrich told the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July that when Cavill took on the role, they decided to take the character in the different direction.

She said: “One of the things that probably shifted the most once we cast Henry is Geralt speaks a lot less than I initially intended.

“In the books, Geralt’s actually quite chatty, he talks a lot.

“What I found though is on-screen, especially with Henry portraying him, a lot can be done just in looks and grunts.

Cavill’s Geralt is set to be strong and silent rather than his chatty persona from the books
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“It’s kind of amazing what’s accomplished in silence and that makes him that much more powerful of a character.”

Hissrich also revealed a fan favourite part from the games is coming to the streaming service – a bathtub. The scene from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt became a meme amongst gamers.

She continued: “There is a bathtub this season. There is a bathtub.

“I won’t tell you who’s in the bathtub, but there is a bathtub.”

The show will see Henry’s Geralt fight monsters
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While the show doesn’t have a released date, it’s expected to arrive on Netflix in December this year.

The series is set to be a more faithful adaption of the popular novels by Andzej Sapkowski, rather than the video games by CD Projekt Red.

It will follow the exploits of Geralt, a mercenary monster hunter called a Witcher, and will run for eight episodes on Netflix.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the show – with actress Anya Chalotra saying the prospect of it becoming as popular as Game of Thrones is “really scary”.

The normally clean cut Henry will have to get dirty as he fights monsters in the show
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Anya in character as the witch Yennefer – who is also a love interest of Geralt
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Speaking to Comicbook.com, Anya – who plays the witch Yennefer – said: “[The show blowing up like Game of Thrones] means my life would blow up as well, wouldn’t it?

“Yeah. You know, I’m taking it moment to moment and this already has been very overwhelming.

“It’s very scary. This today [press at San Diego Comic-Con] was scary. But then you meet the fans and you realise why you’re doing it and suddenly you go, ‘ah, they’re on your side’.”


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