"So that's all life is to you? Monsters and money," asks Triss as Geralt of Rivia looks on with a stolid expression before replying, "That's all it needs to be."
Netflix stole the show yesterday, as San Diego Comic-Con continues to explode with exciting news and extravagant events. None so far have seemed to incite the fandom quite like the new The Witcher trailer previewed at Netflix's SDCC panel.
Geralt, played by Henry Cavil, is the well-known and often feared "witcher," a monster hunter employed by many to kill and destroy a variety of creatures across the world. The story and characters were made popular by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, then became legendary with CD Projekt Red's three-game series, which did not follow the same storyline as the books.
Netflix's new TV series, on the other hand, will closely follow the books rather than the video games. By the looks of the teaser, this was a good idea. The first season appears to be following Sapkowski's The Last Wish a group of short stories detailing the witcher's rise into fame. Fan favorites will return, such as Ciri, Triss and Yennefer, but the most important one of all is Roach, Geralt's trusty steed, which became an online sensation a few days ago when photos were released by Netflix.
Though many fans of the series were at first skeptical, Netflix's new teaser seems to have spurned a great deal of excitement. With Amazon's new Lord of the Rings series on the horizon, and as the void left by the lackluster end to Game of Thrones grows larger, a new more exciting, and far darker fantasy series is necessary. With six books in total, it's clear Netflix has much more to work with.
A "famed monster hunter," Netflix said of the series, is stuck in "the world of the continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive." Speaking at the Comic-Con panel, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich gave some remarks on the direction the show can take.
"I would call it an addition to the books. We honor the books, but we got to give the characters a little more breathing room."
If some are still skeptical, Cavil assured fans he's an avid gamer. Cavil also added, "There was something about Geralt that struck a chord with me. He’s not your average hero. He’s a hard exterior, real-world type person and at the same time, deep down, he’s a real hero.”
What made the books so incredibly powerful was their thematic discussions of evil and monstrosity in the face of goodness and humanity. The monsters in the stories are not really the evildoers, as the humans are oftentimes the real monsters. Geralt of Rivia says it best himself, "People like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves."
Netflix hasn't announced when the show will premiere, but it's sure to capture the hearts of all previous fans of the books and games, as well as garner many new ones.