I remember when the trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher dropped, right after Game of Thrones‘ Season 8 finale. (Sneaky, sneaky! Still not over that btw.) I didn’t think my heart had any more room for silver-blonde heart throbs but when Season 1 released on December 20, I figured I’d give it a try.
Eight hours later, I was already searching for the who, what, why’s of Season 2, which is thankfully in the works. Here’s a recap of Netflix’s newest supernatural show I think we can all get into:
*Warning! Contains light spoilers :)*
The Witcher takes place in a Middle Earth kind of land known as the Continent, where there are kingdoms, enchanted lands, and a secret society of magicians that are trained to aide (and occasionally save) these monarchs. The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, played by the oh-so fine Henry Cavill, is among a dying breed of monster-killers, bounty hunters paid to rid the land of these supposed evildoers. As the series goes on, however, you find out most of these monsters are actually princesses, coming-of-age women ready to gain power but for whatever reason are held back by paranoid mages (magicians), jealous court members, or bloodthirsty rival kingdoms. Geralt travels the land to slay the supposed monsters, only to find out the true monsters are, surprise, the men. He’s followed by Jaskier (Joey Batey), a wandering minstrel, who finds himself in more trouble in then most, and eventually runs into Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a very gifted mage who continues to overcome despite everyone’s initial doubts.
His quest is to find the displaced Princess Cirilla of Cintra, who happens to have a few family secrets of her own. (Cintra is a northern kingdom that has succumbed to a longtime southern enemy, Nilfgaard.) The Witcher actually takes place during two time periods, past and present, but you don’t really notice until halfway through the season because it seems like our Witcher never ages (thanks, magic!) You’ll find elves, dragons, forest dryads, and all the magic in this new stunning tale, originally written by Anrzej Sapkowski. Thanks Netflix for this brand new adventure, and can’t wait for Season 2!