The Witcher Netflix Showrunner Reveals What She Learned From Season One
The first season of Netflix’s The Witcher series was undeniably a huge success, garnering praise from both fans of the original book series by Andrzej Sapkowski and those that loved the video game series from CD Projekt RED. Now, as the show begins to enter pre-production on season two, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has opened up about all she has learned from Geralt of Rivia’s first outing on the streaming platform.
In a recent interview with the folks over at Collider, Lauren S. Hissrich spoke about her experiences shooting the first season of The Witcher. “With any job, there is the experience of writing it, and then we shoot it,” Hissrich explained. “Sometimes when you’re shooting something, you’ll be like, ‘Oh, wow, I am way too clever when I write. I’m trying to do little jokes, and I just need to let the words be themselves and stop trying to be so clever.’ Then, you get into post-production and you’re like, ‘Wow, okay, not only am I trying to be too clever, but I’m also trying to be way too long-winded.’ You learn by doing and you learn from the rhythm of your own show. That’s the important thing, every show has its own rhythm. Every show has its own internal ecosystem, of what works and what doesn’t work.”
We took a lot of lessons out of Season 1. For me, personally, I took a lot of creative lessons. This was my first time doing this job, as a showrunner, and it was daunting. This is a really big show to cut my teeth on. But what I brought into it was a certain amount of, ‘Okay, I’m here, let’s get this done.’ So, I personally feel like I’ve learned a lot and, creatively, I feel like I have a better understanding of what worked and what didn’t work, from the script.”
Hissrich also spoke about the difficulties of making the first season of The Witcher and how things should be a bit easier for the crew this time around. “We also have a better idea of what’s working on set,” she said. “Scheduling is a lot easier. We’re returning to similar locations, and we have some sets already built and costumes design. It feels more like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers, as opposed to a new pair of shoes. There’s something about returning to the family that we’re all really excited to do.”
The first season of Netflix’s The Witcher is now available on the streaming platform.
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