"If I have to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all."
-Geralt Of Rivia
The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts.
As a long time fan of the books I was pleasantly surprised with how well the show turned out! From the costume design down to the music, I gave the show a 4.5/5. I admit, I had my doubts but throw in Henry Cavill, Joey Batey and Anya Chalotra, it was such a success in my arms.
Costume design was impeccable, I loved how detailed every piece was. You could tell the costume department really put their love and excitement into it. By season 2, everything got so much better. From Jaskiers doublets to Geralts boots, everything was carefully thought out and planned to the max.
When I first heard that Henry Cavill was going to play Geralt of Rivia, ngl, I peed my pants a little. He's a favorite actor of mine so I was very excited to see how he's portray a favorite book character of mine. When the casting for the characters were first introduced to us all I was so happy. To see such a diverse cast play main character roles was just chess kiss. Anya Chalotra's first main role on screen did not disappoint at all. While the majority of the Witcher fanbase got their panties in a twist(because Anya didn't match the Yennefer in the books) I was currently forming a massive woman crush on our new Yennefer of Vengerberg.
Henry Cavill nailed the role with Geralt. He was literally spot on with everything about him. From the way his mind works to the way he speaks and walks. It was like I the ink on the pages came to life.
Joey Batey, literally Netflix could not have picked a better Jaskier. Joey is literally Jaskier and vice versa. That man is a musical genius as well as a talented actor. The dynamic between Jaskier and Geralt was so amusing to watch, literally a shrek and donkey relationship.
I could go on in detail with each of the cast member but we'd be here all day.
Book to Screen Adaptation:
I'm going to be honest, I was so confused watching the first season. It was only alway through the show did I realize that we were going foward and backwards at the same time. Like we were getting everyone's backstory all at once and it wasn't until the last few episodes did everything meet up on the same timeline. Like, I don't know what the director or writer had in mind, but for someone who's a little slow like me, it was hella confusing.
Something that also kind of annoyed and even ticked me off a bit was the relationship between Geralt and Jaskier. I felt like they made Jaskier so unlikable and annoying in the first season, which how dare they Jaskiers a literal gem in the books. I literally wondered if the writers even read the books because the Geralt in the books would have been appalled with the Netflix Geralt. Like, Netflix Geralt was such a dick to Jaskier. He literally refuses to call Jaskier a friend, even when the poor man was on death's door for a hot minute. I would have loved to see a better on screen relationship between Geralt and Jaskier, they're literally besties in the books. All I can say is that if they dont make Geralt nicer to our Jaskier in season 3, I will fucking riot.
10/10! I had the entire season soundtrack on repeat for literally a whole year. I legit listen to it when I write my books. Its fun, it's exciting and its emotional! Take a listen!
Honestly, if you're a fan of Lord of The Rings and Game of Thrones this show is def for you. I have not played the games so I can't tell you what I did or didn't like from the show based off of that background. But as someone who did enjoy the books I'd give the show a shot. And even if you're new to the Witcher realm/fandom give it a shot anyways! It has a great cast, a wonderful story line, found family tropes and of course Henry Cavill and Anya Charlotra.