The Witcher has finally dropped on Netflix! 8 Episodes.
I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but wow I am impressed! I was worried that it would come off more like an ABC fantasy show rather than the high-production value kind of show like Game of Thrones, and while it doesn’t have THAT kind of budget yet, it definitely looks good.
Not only that, but it SOUNDS FANTASTIC. The music choices here are carrying a lot of the drama and the show for me. I am gonna need this soundtrack ASAP.
Episode 1: Spoilers:
It sounds funny, but I didn’t realize they were doing the Butcher of Blaviken story until the very end when Geralt starts wrecking folks. I kept thinking… Why does that town name sound familiar? And then the street fight happened. And dang, these people got MESSED up. The fight choreography here is really top notch, and I found myself quite squeamish of the gore.
Ciri’s story was neat. It felt very classical in terms of fantasy tropes, but like stated before the music really carries it for me emotionally. A falling kingdom, a girl with promised potential, magicians and brave knights whisking her away as the city crumbles under siege… I didn’t realize how in the mood I was for that kind of story until I started seeing it. I’m interested to see where it goes, because the only Witcher story I’ve read so far involving Ciri is I believe the one with her mother at the royal party? It has been a minute since I read it.
Having only read the first book years ago, I am surprised how much I remember from the novel though. I was like, “Oh yeah, there’s that scumbag wizard in his tower.” I hope retouch on him in a later episode.
What did you all think?