How good is The Witcher series? Netflix just made the rare move to renew it before the series has even debuted. More within…
There’s been a lot of hesitation and concern over Netflix’s live-action series adaptation of The Witcher. The gaming community has been burned by studios failing to deliver an experience that lives up to the video games, and in this case books, they’re adapted from.
However, it appears The Witcher may just be the exception, as Netflix has just renewed the Henry Cavill-led series for a second season. Given that the series is a month away from actually premiering (Dec. 20), this is huge news. It shows that Netflix has a ton of love and confidence for the series.
“I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri,” said showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Renewing a series before it’s premiered is not something Netflix normally does. In fact, they usually wait until the series has aired to see if the number merit an added season or more. By doing it before the season premieres, Netflix could believe they have a hit on their hands. With the release of rival streaming service Disney+ eating up most viewer’s time, a hit like this could be just what Netflix needs to stay in the competition.
Henry Cavill (Justice League, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) stars in The Witcher as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who has been mutated and trained to rid The Continent of evil creatures. The series will track the intertwined destinies of three individuals — Geralt, Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri (Freya Allan) — in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.
The Witcher premieres on Netflix, December 20, 2019.