The Witcher Showrunner Reveals Why Triss Didn’t Get Much Screentime In Season 1
Having released earlier today, Netflix’s The Witcher series is off to an impressive start so far, receiving mostly positive reviews by folks lucky enough to have had ample time (not me) to sit down and binge watch the show’s first season. Many expected to see the more prevalent characters from the books and the CD Projekt RED games to receive ample screentime, and fan favorite Triss Merigold – while a bit more of a side character – was expected to have quite an impactful presence on the show. This apparently wasn’t the case for the first season, and the showrunner has now explained why Triss took a bit of a back seat for the show’s initial outing.
In a recent interview with the folks over at Comicbook, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich explained why Triss didn’t have quite the impact that fans expected her to have during the first season of The Witcher. “You will see Triss again,” Hissrich began, “but the most important thing, and I love this question because there have been a lot of questions actually about the choices that we make to change things in the adaptation, and what I’ve always said is there is always a reason to do it. We’re not doing it for our egos. We’re not doing it because it’s easier.”
What we’re trying to do is set up the appropriate building blocks for our story, so there is stuff that I know that I want to happen to Triss in Season One and Season Two, and, God willing, beyond that. So I need to make sure that that story is set up appropriately, and the best way to do that was actually to bring her and introduce her in a story that she’s not in in the novel.”
Hissrich goes on to explain that it was quite a risk to include a scene with Triss during the first season of the show that doesn’t actually happen in the first books, which said season is based on. “Obviously, Sapkowski himself is a creative consultant on the show, and we got the sign off from everyone around,” she explained, “and so we were really excited to be able to make changes like that that I think will alter the foundation of the story, but allow us to have something to build on for the future.” Given how positive the feedback has been, the show’s future looks pretty bright.
Season One of Netflix’s The Witcher series is now available.
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