Game of Thrones fans, listen up; there’s a new series in town, and it’s called The Witcher.
By no means am I attempting to correlate a relationship between Game of Thrones and The Witcher, because that would simply be incorrect. Both series abide by entirely different storylines and characters, but I suppose one could compare them in terms of the timeframes they’re set in. Both series depict a medieval setting, and personally, I love anything medieval. There’s just something so damn attractive about a man in armour.
Anyways, back to The Witcher. This show “is an action fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski,” says the show’s Wikipedia page.
Following the trials and tribunes of a monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, The Witcher follows him along with Yennefer of Vengerberg, a sorceress played by Anya Chalotra, and princess Ciri, played by Freya Allan. As the series progresses, Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri cross paths, only to discover their separate destinies are tied together.
I haven’t yet finished the first season, but so far I am thoroughly impressed. The acting from all of the main characters is astounding, and Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt is nothing short of spectacular. The setting and graphics are also fantastic, and because of the relatively frequent occurrence of magic in the show, there is a consistent sense of foreboding throughout each episode, which is something I can appreciate
I feel as though this series accurately demonstrates what it was like to live in a medieval era as it is pretty violent, gritty and callous. If you have a weak stomach, I don’t recommend watching it, but if you don’t and you’re a GOT fan, I highly recommend giving it a watch.