We are moving closer and closer to the release of the first season of The Witcher, and there is already plenty of hype around the series. With fans of the series eager to binge it on release, Netflix will be looking to make this one of their flagship shows. The series is, however, focusing more on horror elements compared to the fantasy elements according to visual effects supervisor Julian Perry who mentioned this in an interview with SFX magazine.
Julian Perry explains this by saying, “I definitely think it leans more towards horror,’ he said. ‘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. For example, with Striga [a woman cursed to live as a monster], that’s one gnarly-looking thing. That’s very unpleasant!” For fans of the game who know how gruesome it can be, this could be the ideal approach to get fans onboard.
The focus towards a ‘horror’ approach can also be a technique to build up the characters and stories they want to tell. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Witcher showrunner) explains this by saying, “To me, that really has been the theme of the first season: “What makes a family? How does a family find each other? Why are they meant to be together?” People who may not think they are fantasy fans will come and find that they are.”
The Witcher could be in line for more seasons, depending on the success of this first one. What we know is so far from what we’ve seen we are in for a real treat and, if done correctly, could be a great addition to the Witcher universe.
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