The Witcher: Geralt de Rivia, Ciri and Yennefer continue on an adventure bound by fate and a war tainted with magic, political intrigue and violence. When Andrzj Sapkowski wrote the short story “The Witcher,” he made an even bloodier version of Snow White with a new co-star: Geralt of Rivia, a mutant trained to kill monsters. In his adventure, the rivian learned that monsters were not always hideous creatures driven by instincts, but also sapient and conscious humans. This was the beginning of the series of novels that marked a milestone in fantasy and that later would inspire CD Projekt to create its magnum opus: The Witcher. And in 2019 we attended the television premiere of the series starring Henry Cavill, who played the sorcerer with the same affection that he feels for a transmedia universe full of magic, misery and blood. With the next second season about to be released on Netflix, at MeriStation we anticipate our impressions of the first 6 chapters. And of course spoiler free.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner of The Witcher series, devoured the novels and made an exhaustive analysis of them with the aim of bringing us a worthy adaptation for fans of the saga. The casting announcements obviously caused a stir on social networks, especially among the most purist public. However, the first season showed us a version of the books in which fidelity to Sapkowski’s work was perfectly balanced with the author’s interpretation when exploring plots that in the books are relegated to a paragraph short. Above all, the Grimdark spirit of the Geralt of Rivia saga remained.
Sapkowski, when he decided to expand the universe of the sorcerer, decided to twist the concept of epic fantasy and pervert it to offer us a more bitter and hyper-realistic vision. There is no such thing as a hero in shining armor and pure morality, good does not always triumph over evil, and it is not even fairly compensated. And this same essence is what Hissrich has perfectly understood and applied to her work, despite the homegrown licenses that have increased in this second season.