The Witcher is out on Netflix – reviews, cast and plot

The Witcher is out on Netflix – reviews, cast and plot

THE Witcher is the brand new fantasy series starring Superman's Henry Cavill that is now available to watch on Netflix.

Here's everything you need to know about the drama many are comparing to HBO's Game Of Thrones…

What is The Witcher about?

The Witcher, which is now available on Netflix, is based Andrzej Sapkowksi’s incredibly popular fantasy novels and short stories.

The eight-episode adaptation tells the story of Geralt of Rivia – aka 'the witcher ' – "a mutated monster hunter, [who] struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts."

It will also delve into the stories of Princess Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg, demonstrating how destiny brings these three characters together.

The Witcher was previously brought to the life in a 2001 film adaption.

While Mr Sapkowki’s books were also adapted into a successful trilogy of video games and reached mainstream acclaim with the 2015 release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

However, the Netflix series is based on the books not the games, describing it as "an epic tale of fate and family".

And they got Mr Sapkowski on board as a creative consultant to ensure it sticks to his original vision.

Who's in the cast?

The show features a large cast but we've got a list of the key stars below…

  • Henry Cavill – The Superman star plays protagonist Geralt of Rivia. Geralt is a witcher, a monster-slayer trained from childhood to fight ferocious beasts.
  • Freya Allan – The War of the Worlds actress plays Ciri, fearsome heiress to the throne of Cintra.
  • Jodhi May – The Last of the Mohicans star portrays Queen Calanthe
  • Anya Chalotra – The ABC Murders actress plays Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt's chief love interest.
  • Adam Levy – The Supergirl actor plays Mousesack
  • Millie Brady as outcast Princess Renfri.
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist

Witchers undergo several mutations in order to grant them the special abilities needed to fight the monsters.

What are viewers saying about The Witcher?

Fans were delighted with dishy Cavill's transformation into Sapkowski's fair-haired monster slayer, not to mention his sword-fighting skills.

"The Fight Scenes In #Witcher WOW Makes #GameofThrones Fights Look Awful," commented @wWarstu on Twitter. 

"The fight choreography is insane," said another. "First fight Geralt gets into is beautifully savage. The blend of swordplay and Geralt's signs is perfection."

"Some of the action and sword work choreography for The Witcher is some of the best I can recall for a sword and sorcery/fantasy series of this type in years," wrote a third. 

"The fight scenes in The Witcher make Game of Thrones fight scenes look like two drunks fighting outside a bar," agreed @witcherpodcast.

Likewise, another fan predicted that the "3rd season of The Witcher will be the most amazing, mind-blowing season ever seen. Even Game of Thrones can't stand beside it."

One Twitter user declared that they had "a feeling the Witcher is going to fill the void that weak ass Game of Thrones ending has given me."

Meanwhile, the hunky lead actor's performance was also lauded by critics, with one describing the show as "well-cast, smartly-structured, and nicely paced."

Will The Witcher return for a second season on Netflix?

Fans have been told to expect another helping of magic, monsters and nudity in the TV adaption in 2021.

Show writer Lauren S Hissrich revealed on Twitter last night that bosses have signed the lead cast, including Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Freya Allan's Ciri, for another series.

She said: "I’m so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures… in Season Two.

"I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us."

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