Fans have been buzzing since Netflix’s Witcher show announcement, some with excitement and some with worry about how the protagonist of their favorite series might be brought to life on camera. Netflix’s announcement today should assuage those fears, saying they “aim to be as faithful to the series material as possible, including all your favorite characters, Gwent cards, and the vices that follow.”
Property director Valerie Kwong explained further:
“ We do extensive research on every show we produce, and that goes double for licenses we acquire externally. Naturally, every fan will have a different opinion of what the series should and should not portray, so it’s critical to boil each title down to its very essence. Hundreds of man-hours were spent in review, but it didn’t take long to see that the majority of the series portrays a self-destructing life of vice, debauchery, and betting in cards. Specifically, betting in Gwent. Especially betting in Gwent, there are entire seasons of Gwent tournaments... Do you have any idea how expensive CGI for a griffin would be? ”
In its latest press release, Netflix has also announced that Zach Galifianakis would be embodying the role of The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia, bringing his most well known tales to brilliant life, like eating copious amounts of chicken in mid-brawl and standing motionless, staring into the distance for hours waiting for the sun to rise. Michael Cera, seen as an extra above, was not able to reprise his role from the series, citing scheduling conflicts.