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The ‘Witcher’ showrunner has an end plotted
December 26, 2022
This past weekend saw the release of ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’, a prequel miniseries to Netflix’s lavish big-budget adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy novel series ‘The Witcher’.
With two seasons under its belt and two more to come, ‘The Witcher’ has become one of Netflix’s signature series and one of its biggest hits. He’s also found himself the subject of some controversy this year over both the abrupt departure of Henry Cavill and criticism of his departure from the source material.
Season 1 adapted the short story collections ‘Sword of Destiny’ and ‘Last Wish’ into its timeline-hopping first season. The second season was based primarily on the first novel “Blood of Elves” with the next third said to be a ‘one-to-one’ adaptation of the second novel “Time of Contempt”.
If it sticks to this template, the series has three more ‘The Witcher Saga’ novels to potentially adapt, ending with ‘The Lady of the Lake’. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently spoke to Collider about when the series might end and where the expanded universe might go:
“It’s been my goal with my executives at Netflix to always have an end point in mind, because, to me, when you just start writing stories without knowing where they’re going, you can get lost. And what I think is so interesting about what we figured out.
To answer your question in two ways, yes, I absolutely know where the series is going to go. I know what season is going to end and I know how it’s going to end which is very, very exciting.
I’ve been asked a lot, will there be more sequels, prequels and spin-offs? I think, certainly, that Sapkowski’s books are somewhat limitless in many ways.
Hissrich confirmed that Sapkowski’s fifth novel in the Witcher saga, “The Lady of the Lake,” would be the last book covered in the main series, which would suggest up to six seasons total. However, Hissrich says it’s rarely as simple as one novel equals one season:
“I think a lot of people think you go into a season of television saying it’s going to be this book, but clearly that’s something we haven’t been able to do because there are some books that are like Blood of Elves, which the second was loosely based on. season.
There wasn’t enough action to keep us going, so we ended up having to put in parts of Baptism of Fire. Parts of the previous stories, I mean Declan’s episode, “A Grain of Truth,” was what kickstarted season two. on and Declan is right. I sort of spun it in my head right from the start.
So don’t expect it to be too simple for the next few seasons. Much will also hinge on whether the show will still have an audience following Cavill’s departure and replacement with Liam Hemsworth.
The first two seasons and the “Blood Origin” miniseries are now on Netflix.