The first trailer for The Witcher series on Netflix was shown off at San Diego Comic-Con today.
The panel discussion also featured cast members Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri). "After that they're trained in monster hunting, and that becomes their one sole objective in the world, and they're rejected by people". Also, Geralt only carries one sword. "There was something about Geralt which really struck a chord with me, he's not your average hero....he won't treat everyone perfectly and at the same time down he's a real hero, but he keeps that very secret and very private".
If this footage doesn't get you keen as a bean for The Witcher, we don't know what will. I've played it through a number of times now, and it's like OK, cool, I've done it, I've seen, and I still get that enjoyment of playing it through, but what if I could play it slightly differently.
Yennefer apparently goes through a physical transformation on the show, with Chalotra saying of the scene: "This scene is such a huge moment in her journey. She's on a quest to find unconditional love".
Series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said that the Netflix version will not follow the storyline of the games but will instead be a "straight adaptation" of the books. "I was like, 'I know I want that meeting!'" "Ultimately, they're taken in by a group of witches who are trained in a level of inhuman agility and endurance". "The characters you're rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you're rooting for in the end", Hissrich says. Meaning the series won't have a central villain for Geralt to pursue.
Allan said of her character, "She's had a very sheltered upbringing and as a result she's incredibly naive to what the real world is".
After many months of screenshots and show runners calling it "very adult", Netflix has finally dropped the first teaser for The Witcher series, and it looks quite good.
And before you worry they'll try to make it more kid-friendly for a border audience, have no fear.