The Witcher Netflix Series “Taking The Fantasy Out,” Leaning Into The Horror

The Witcher Netflix Series "Taking The Fantasy Out," Leaning Into The Horror

Now that we have an official release date for Netflix’s The Witcher series, fans have begun to count the days until they finally get their hands on Henry Cavill’s escapades as Geralt of Rivia. While it has been said many times already that the show will be pulling from the original books and not the games by CD Projekt RED, yet another nail in the coffin has been slammed home by the reveal that the series will be notably light on the fantasy and heavier on the horror.

“I definitely think it leans more towards horror,” said visual effects supervisor Julian Parry when speaking to SFX Magazine. “We’re definitely taking the fantasy out. I can honestly say we’re not fantastical. I mean, it’s fantastical but in a grounded horror sense,” Parry said. “For example, with Striga [a woman cursed to live as a monster], that’s one gnarly-looking thing. That’s very unpleasant!”

There is also a bit of a logistics issue with what The Witcher will be able to pull off,and as such fans shouldn’t expect to see a repeat of something like Helm’s Deep on the small screen. “We’ve got the Nilfgaard armies, which can’t exist because there are 10,000-plus of them,” Perry said. “Same with the Temerians and the Cintrans. the armies physically can’t exist here on set.” Armies aside, the show is poised to deliver on what really matters, and at the heart of the books it was never really about massive battles, but the varied characters and their growth throughout the stories.

Netflix’s The Witcher will release on the streaming service on December 20, 2019.

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Ryan "Cinna" Carrier1800 Posts

Ryan is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't reading and writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.

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