The Witcher: People Say Netflix's New Show Is The Next

The Witcher: People Say Netflix's New Show Is The Next

The series follows Geralt - who belongs to a superpower-imbued race of warriors known as "Witchers" - as he journeys through a mythical continent and fends off monsters. He's on a collision course with two other characters: Ciri (Freya Allan), a young princess unaware of her importance, pursued by forces unknown after her kingdom falls; and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), a hunchback who - cast out by her family - gradually comes into her own as a powerful sorceress. NBC News raved that the show "pushes the boundaries of fantasy more than Game of Thrones ever could".

Like any fantasy series based on an established property, "The Witcher" should generate a measure of curiosity, bolstered by marking Cavill's first TV flight since it was reported past year that he would be hanging up his cape.

Skepticism preceded the release of the show. For one, it's based on a video game - that doesn't usually bode well for ratings and critical acclaim. In addition to this upcoming Netflix offering, the books spawned a successful video game franchise from developer CD Projekt Red, a comic book series, and Polish film and television adaptations. And @DJSYLK tweeted "I'm normally not into shows or movies like this, but the Witcher got me".

All eight episodes of "The Witcher" are now streaming on Netflix. His comfort level in action scenes, especially those with severe visual effects, is also fully apparent in The Witcher, and he makes Geralt & battles with monstrous beasts (and people, by the way) feel like amusing palate cleansers amidst all political drama and intrigues. Pretty dumb, but with gusto.

He also feels at home on Netflix, where you can easily go back at any time and discover how the series sows certain plot points in earlier episodes.

IndieWire called it "strangely entertaining". A Buzzfeed reviewer is now "officially hooked".

Cavill, a video aficionado, was said to have begged for the role of Geralt.

"When people first started asking me, I hadn't even thought about it, because I'm a huge fan of Game of Thrones", Schmidt told Digital Spy in an interview released Friday. "His Geralt is the exact right blend of scary, sexy, and sarcastic".

The New York Times suggested the show was merely a generic version of the beloved Game Of Thrones, which wrapped up in May after eight seasons.

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