Throughout the extensive two seasons of Netflix’s fantasy show The Witcher, the mention of The Wild Hunt has come up several times. The first reference is made in the pilot episode. Following this, The Wild Hunt is addressed many times throughout the recently released second season.
The Wild Hunt is inching closer. And when it comes, it will flip Geralt’s world upside down. However, it is currently just a foreseeable danger, somewhat like the Mad Titan Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Witcher showrunner and Executive Producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently appeared in a promotional press event. A media representative from IGN asked Hissrich if The Wild Hunt is the show’s Thanos. “Completely,” she said.
“What I love, and this is how it’s set up in the books too, is that the Wild Hunt is a ‘portent of doom’,” she elaborated on the topic and said. “They’re always just mentioned when war is coming, or a battle is on the horizon. And so they have this air of evil mystery around them. What we’re going to start doing [in the show] is beginning to understand where they came from and what they want. And so, like all characters in Sapkowski novels, we’re going to get a little bit deeper into them so they’re not just the evil skeletal bad guys.”
Hissrich reveals that the entire idea behind incorporating the Wild Hunt in the show ever since the beginning is this. To acquaint the audiences with the fact that it holds significance. And that the creators are aware of it and wish to deliver it the same way. “We wanted to make sure we mentioned the Wild Hunt in season one, for instance,” she said. “It’s in the pilot, so that we can say ‘We hear you fans, we know that this is a big deal.’ The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it’s what the fans know. But we’re not ready to get to it yet.”
To lay the intricate premises for the Wild Hunt, the creator must tread lightly and plan. But Hissrich acknowledges that some things are just there for the sake of it. Not everything holds a deeper meaning.
“I would love to say that all of that is planned out perfectly,” she said. “Some of it is, there are things that obviously we knew we wanted to tell over the first couple of seasons. Sometimes, though, it’s pure coincidence. There are things that I look back on in season one and I think ‘Thank God someone threw that line in there’, and we’ve continued to play with it and expand it in later series.”
The Witcher Season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix.
For more from The Witcher, check out The Witcher Season 2 cast and news, as well as Henry Cavill talking about his contribution in The Witcher Season 2 and what characters he’d like to play in a Warhammer show.