How Netflix’s The Witcher Is Different From The Video Game

How Netflix’s The Witcher Is Different From The Video Game

If you like the Witcher video games, there’s
a lot you’ll like on the Netflix series, too. But if you fell in love with Geralt, Ciri,
Yennefer and the rest with a controller in your hand, you’ll find a few surprises waiting
in the TV adaptation of these classic Polish books. One of the best characters in CD Projekt Red’s
games and Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels is the fashionable, womanizing bard Dandelion, who’s
somehow one of Geralt’s closest friends despite his penchant for getting into trouble. “He could die.” “*gasp* F—. Geralt —” “Uh… yeah. We won’t let that happen.” He’s just as delightful in the TV show, although
you might not immediately recognize him. In Netflix’s The Witcher, he goes by a different
name. Instead of Dandelion, The Witcher calls the
character Jaskier. “Well, that makes sense, insomuch that it
sort of… doesn’t.” There’s a good reason for this. In the novels’ original Polish, “Jaskier”
is actually Dandelion’s name, and translates in English to “Buttercup.” In the games, the name Dandelion fit well,
but the bard’s flamboyant personality has been toned down for the show. Jaskier is still a scene-stealing rascal,
but he’s not quite as extravagant as the Dandelion in the games. The Netflix show generally has a more serious,
grounded tone, and a silly name like Dandelion would stick out like a sore thumb. “Your man might have mentioned that the road
was too narrow for horses in his original sales pitch.” “Welcome to the world, Jaskier.” For many fans, Doug Cockle is Geralt of Rivia. The actor has played the Witcher for a dozen
years, voicing Geralt all three games, the card-based spinoff Gwent, and in guest appearances
in Soulcalibur 6 and Monster Hunter: World. “Come on, let’s do this.” Before Henry Cavill took the lead role for
the Witcher TV series, he was just another fan of the video games, and he didn’t copy
Cockle’s performance for his take on the character. For one, Cavill is British, and in the show
he speaks with something close to his natural accent. His tone of voice is also deeper than Cockle’s,
whom Cavill has described as having more of a whispery delivery. “I wasn’t going to make him American, like
Doug Cockle performed him in The Witcher. And so I kind of blended my natural accent
with that gravelly tone that Doug uses.” Cavill’s Geralt doesn’t sound the same, but
it still sounds right. That’s what really matters. “It’s not easy being a Witcher. Trust me — I’d know.” In the Witcher games, Geralt carries two swords;
There’s the steel one for regular fights, and the silver one for fighting monsters. In the show, that hasn’t changed, but you’re
not going to see Geralt with two swords strapped to his back very often. For the most part, Cavill’s Geralt only carries
around one sword at a time. That’s a note that comes straight from the
books, in which Geralt tends to leave his silver sword on his horse, Roach, unless it’s
a very special occasion. It’s also a practical concern, according to
the Witcher show’s supervising armorer, Nick Jeffries. As Jeffries said in an interview with Polygon,
silver is a soft and flimsy material, and wouldn’t do much good during battle. It’s also pricey, and would attract bandits. Geralt already has enough trouble. He doesn’t need more. In fact, all of the weapons and costumes on
the show are more grounded than their video game counterparts. What works in a digital world doesn’t always
work in live action, and the costume designers behind the TV show deliberately turned away
from games’ style, making costumes and accessories more grounded and practical. They may not be quite as visually memorable,
but they hold up a lot better in a fight. The Witcher has a lot of backstory to get
through, and unlike the games, it has to appeal to an audience that’s not always willing to
buy into fantasy. Series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
told Looper, “You don’t want to alienate people who’ve
never heard of The Witcher before. […] I wanted to make sure I was giving it
in bite sized-pieces.” As such, some of the characters that you know
from the games have been combined, or given new roles. For example, the wizard Mousesack or Ermion,
as the game calls him can be found in The Witcher 3, which takes place after the events
of the TV series and the books. He won’t play a similar role in the show,
though, since – spoiler alert – he’s killed halfway through the first season. You’re going to run into that sort of thing
a lot familiar characters or personalities, but remixed in a way that makes them feel
fresh or new. Triss Merigold is one of the very first people
you meet in the first Witcher game, where she’s positioned as Geralt’s main love interest. In The Witcher 3, when Geralt’s on-again,
off-again girlfriend Yennefer finally shows up, the game embraces a legitimate love triangle. Players have to choose which of the two sorceresses
they want to romance. Both make a strong case. Just don’t try to double-dip in the end, you’ll
regret it. Well, if you’re team Triss, we have some bad
news: While Yennefer is a major character on the show, Triss is only a bit part, and
she and Geralt don’t have many sparks. As far as Netflix’s series is concerned, Yennefer
is Geralt’s one and only. It’s a shame to lose all that juicy drama,
but honestly, The Witcher is busy enough as it is. A love triangle is a nice way to break up
a 90-hour game, but show only has eight episodes. There are more important things to spend that
time on. If you only know Geralt and Yennefer’s romance
from The Witcher 3, you probably think a genie made them fall in love. After all, that’s the main thrust of the sidequest
“The Last Wish,” which serves as a sequel to the Sapkowski short story of the same name. In the quest, Geralt and Yennefer hunt a djinn
in order to undo the wish that bound the two together. When you succeed, you can either continue
romancing Yennefer or dump her. It’s your call. The game implies that magic made Geralt and
Yennefer get together. On the show, it’s a lot more complicated. Like, a lot. Episode five, “Bottled Appetites,” depicts
Geralt and Yennefer’s first meeting, and while it does feature Geralt saving Yennefer’s life
by calling on a djinn, the wish itself is ambiguous. As in the books, you don’t hear exactly what
Geralt wished for. Further, it’s pretty clear in the show that
Geralt has feelings for Yennefer. The elf Chireadan flat-out says as much, and
Geralt and Yennefer’s mutual attraction turns out to be important to the plot. Geralt risks his life for Yennefer because
he likes her, and Yennefer’s flirty dialogue hints that she feels the same way. The genie might seal the deal, but the sparks
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72 thoughts on “How Netflix’s The Witcher Is Different From The Video Game”

  1. as someone who LOVED only part 3 and beat all the DLCS and thats ALL i know of witcher, i dont like this.. They girls dont look right.. IT does not seam good. TBH i feel in love with Ciri, i want her story in part 4, i dont even want the main dude anymore.

  2. Only problem I had was the timeline jumping. Not the actual jumping but wasn’t clear that when they were time jumping.
    New people like myself thought in the beginning, everything was happening at the same time.
    And screw the idiots who say you should have read the book.
    So to understand the Marvel movies I gotta go back and read every comic?
    Tv and movies are usually the condensed version of books and comics and are made for newcomers to enjoy.

  3. Fat and Ugly bitches dont exist in the Witcher Universe but looking for love and keeping it is still a problem that over lapses them

  4. It's a really good adaptation from the video game to the live action. It's draw backs are less creatures, love triangle and few other things. It's definitely a worth binge watching period

  5. How is it different? Well, in the show there're no monsters at all (the one we see in the trailer), the rest are humanoids, witches, and bad CGI dragons…

  6. Title should honestly be How the Witcher 3 is different from the books and the show. The story in the games is made by CD Project Red and is arguably the best fanfiction of all time for a book series.

  7. This show is a mix of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Harry Potter. Except it somehow manages to be worse than both.
    The books were full of characters who had depth, these incompetent Netflix writers turned them into charicatures.
    The show is garbage. It's not an "adaptation", it's an abomination.

  8. I prefer the game Yennefer. Show version sounds annoying and something is off about her character.

  9. I prefer the Yennefer from the games, nothing against the actress on the TV Show, but the Yennefer on the games is a lot more sexy and not try to play mysterious.

  10. This video is 6 minutes longer than it needs to be. Simply saying "It takes place before the events of the video game." would have sufficed.

  11. This show was so boring for me and i love The Witcher game. It feels nothing like it. They changed so many things compared to the books too and it looks nothing like the world of the games and books. Also because there were like.. No brown people in the game kuch kuch

  12. You know. I think Henry Cavill did a great job playing Geralt….Just one minor issue with him. Geralt is in very good shape, but he is leaner than Henry. Henry is too bulkier than how Geralt is portrayed. If anything, he should have gotten into the figure he was in, in Immortals.

  13. Perfect timing I just game to complain how there slaughtering the witchers image
    * triss has RED hair! could we have at least gotten that little detail right??

  14. I’ve never read the novels or played the game, but I really enjoyed it and I hope this doesn’t compromise anything Henry Cavill is doing and it gets cancelled. This is fun to watch.

  15. Prepared to drop all my hate on this show, I actually really enjoyed it, despite numerous occasions where needs of the plot or a particular scene took over logic. The biggest problem of the show is that it chews over a whole lot of plot very quickly. I haven't read the books but did read up on their events so I had some idea of just how much plot they were pushing in. 8 episodes wasn't enough. It's kinda like Harry Potter but worse – in many ways just an illustration of the books. While it gets it's point across very quickly, you may feel like things aren't progressing naturally.

    Still, definitely don't regret watching it and am looking forward to the next season. I think most people who like the games and don't plan on reading the books will enjoy the series, simply because they may get some deeper explanation on events happening prior to the games. And I think it has a lot of potential for the future. Keep in mind that even the games didn't become massively popular until Witcher 3.

    Oh and one thing I gotta point out, it should come as no surprise that there is a very open ending, but I felt like pretty much every major plot line has come to a satisfying conclusion.

  16. Once a game has been made the characters have been fleshed out and have a following…then Hollywood happens and tries to please all the nagging bitches who feel left out of something they've never heard of before.

  17. Okay netflix.. witcher season 2 is more than a year away so in the meantime how about a "Fallout" tv series. Now's the perfect time to get a bargain deal with Bethesda to revive the Fallout franchise.

  18. Yennifer and Trish… Are no where near as beautiful compared with the videogame.
    Especially Trish… She looks bad in the show.

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