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The Witcher Showrunner Elaborates On The Limiting Of Sex And Nudity In Season 2

Netflix’s most popular fantasy drama series amazed fans with the latest season. The Witcher has both critics and audiences praising the many aspects of the show. From the cinematography to gnarly monsters to immersive storyline, and lastly, the remarkable performances by the actors. Recently, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich opened up about why The Witcher Season 2 has less sex and nudity as compared to it’s predecessor.

Showrunner Hissrich sat down for an exclusive interview with Digital Spy before the big launch of Season 2 on Friday (December 17). In conversation, Hissrich commented on the very apparent changes made to the new chapter. 

Hissrich was asked if the idea to reduce sex and nudity in the second installment was thoughtful and intentional. Or if it was simply a part of the broader narrative. To which The Witcher’s showrunner replied by saying that it was a part of the story and the way it eventually developed. 

Showrunner Hissrich on The Witcher Season 2

“[It’s] really cheap way for a writer to get attention.” – Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
“I feel the same way about sex, nudity, violence, and all of those things, that they have to be story-driven,” she explained. “I think that using those things to shock audiences is a really cheap way for a writer to get attention to a specific scene.

“I’ve always said that if someone has to be having sex behind you to make the scene interesting, then I’m not doing my job. The person who’s talking in a scene needs to be the focus.”

Producer and screenwriter Lauren Schmidt Hissrich even added that the overall story of season two of The Witcher does not even get close to touching the romantic aspects in the lives of the characters in any way. 

Freya Allan as Ciri and Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher Season 2

“The story is much more about the evolution of a family. And so we didn’t need to have a lot of sex. We didn’t need to have a lot of nudity,” she continued.

“I think you feel it as a whole in the show. But as soon as you think about what the stories are, you think: where would that have been?

“It would have been gratuitous, because we would have thrown it in there to be sexier, or to have people talk. And that’s just not of interest to me.”

The Witcher Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming worldwide, exclusively on Netflix.

To know more about The Witcher Season 3, read, Everything We Know About Netflix’s The Witcher Season 3: From The Trailer, Cast To The Plot