The Witcher’s second installment premiered on Netflix recently. And while avid fans are thrilled with the outing, the final verdict tells a different story. When considering the big picture, this is a huge deal for the future of the franchise.
It appears as if for every right move The Witcher makes, there is at least one wrong foot that its large fan base finds impossible to ignore. Thus, invoking sides for audiences to pick.
Needless to say, the show’s overall successful run has placed The Witcher among one of the more popular original series on Netflix. The streaming giant has already confirmed a third season. In addition to this, the franchise also released a prequel anime feature film titled Nightmare of the Wolf, which aired last year. The network also has a prequel series scheduled for next year called The Witcher: Blood Origin. Also set within the Witcher-lore is a Kids and Family show, which is currently under development.
All these advances suggest Netflix’s determination to explore the cinematic universe. And the network will do everything in its power to stick to the genre. Even topple a bunch of Cowboy Bebop’s that stand in the way.
So, the question that arises is this. Where does the main storyline of The Witcher find itself among all this? Is there a chance that the show will move forward from The Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski? Go above and beyond to take inspiration from the very elaborate and highly in-demand video games that follow the narrative afterwards?
In the words of The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the answer to that last one is a sturdy and unwavering no.
In an exclusive interview with The Wrap, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed some very interesting information regarding the future of the Netflix series. One of the major details that Hissrich shared says that the show will not continue beyond the books. By clarifying this doubt, the showrunner has answered plenty of fans’ concerns.
“I have always said that I want to end our stories at the same place that Andrzej Sapkowski ended his,” Hissrich said. “I just don’t feel the need for us to keep creating stories after his intentional end. The funny thing is, of course, since we have been working on the series, he’s actually released two new books. We’re trying to be a little flexible with it.”
The point mentioned later gives us something to ponder on. The original span of The Witcher books concluded in the year 1999 with the last novel titled The Lady of the Lake. However, following the massive popularity gained by the video game franchise by CD Projekt Red, author Andrzej Sapkowski picked up his pen once again. Sapkowski explored the universe of The Witcher more deeply and gave us a new standalone novel. The book, Season of Storm, focuses primarily on the early days of Geralt Rivia’s witchering career. Season of Storm was originally released back in 2013 in Poland. And recently, in 2018, it was translated into English.
Ever since, there are a bunch of Sapkowski’s works that have received an English translation. The latest of these works is his historical fiction, Hussite Trilogy. Which begins with The Tower of Fools. It is important to note that the trilogy was originally published from 2002-2006. So which novels is Hissrich talking about here? Is the network considering the latest Witcher books that have not reached us yet? Or is the showrunner hinting towards the translated works?
Whatever may be the case, one thing is confirmed. The Witcher series will not go beyond Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. That is if the author sticks to having dropped his pan for the mystical lore. If not, you never know.
In addition to the fact, there was another revelation made during the interview. Hissrich opened up about her plans for the upcoming seasons. As well as how strongly she feels about the pace, setting, and development of the series.
“I’ve always said that I will write the show as long as there is an interest in the show,” she said. “Right now, that interest seems to be great. But some of that also is through some of the additional universe that we’re expanding. So through the anime films, or through the spinoff that just finished production, those are ways for us to continue telling Sapkowski’s stories without taking the attention away from the main storytelling of the mothership.”
Fortunately, enough, the mothership that Hissrich mentions is on its way to seeing the highest peak. Because it falls into one of the best parts of the series. The Witcher Season 3 will adapt the novel The Time of Contempt. The novel is pretty precise, full of adventure, and overall, a brilliant installment. One might say, it’s even a fan-favorite from the entire series. And from what Hissrich is saying, it appears as if instilling the story from The Time of Contempt will be breezy.
“You know, basically our seasons as a whole are really guided by the stories that we want to tell,” the showrunner said. “SO, structure is a great example. In Season 2, there wasn’t a reason to do non-linear storylines. SO, we took a very linear approach, which allowed us to play with some different aspects of visions or flashbacks, for instance, that we wouldn’t be able to do if we were doing timelines. Season 3, I think is really great. It’s based on the Time of Contempt, and that actually to me is a very easily adaptable book. There’s tons of action, there’s tons of things that are just jaw dropping when you get to them. SO, we’re really letting that lead our storytelling. Season 3, for instance, takes place on a very, very small timeline. Not a lot of time passes, because it doesn’t need to.”
From all the information available to us, the game plan for Season 3 is quite solid. So, to expect the upcoming season to be even better than the last two is a safe bet.
Season 1 and Season 2 of The Witcher, as well as the spin-off anime Nightmare of the Wolf, are all currently available to stream exclusively on Netflix.