The first trailer for ‘The Witcher’ makes it clear that Netflix is determined to claim the er, throne left vacant by the end of Game of Thrones.
What We Know So Far
As we covered previously, the Netflix TV series is based on the book series rather than the popular video games. The main character is Geralt of Rivia (former Superman Henry Cavill), who is the Witcher in question. He’s a professional monster hunter who goes from town to town fighting evil. Kind of like the Winchester brothers, except just one dude on a horse.
We also see Yennefer, a sorceress who begins as a deformed young woman and then–at some point–becomes magically healed. She seems like she might be a villain, given the way she’s depicted in the trailer, but the showrunner has teased the idea that the characters you don’t like in the beginning may become your favorites over the course of the show.
The other major female character is Ciri, a young blonde girl who is forced to flee her home due to a dangerous prophecy. She is told to find Geralt, and it seems that much of the fighting and drama in the first season will be focused on the quest to find and protect Ciri.
Is This Just a ‘Game of Thrones’ Clone?
The costumes and set designs are gorgeous. Sumptuous, even. In fact, it looks a LOT like Game of Thrones. Like GoT, this series is set in a quasi-European magical world where the real monsters are ruthless, power-hungry people.
There’s an overhead shot of a massacre in a snowy wood that gives a very distinct Wilding/White Walkers vibe. Hopefully, the finished product will feel different enough from GoT to be fresh and interesting.
One more similarity to GoT? There’s definitely going to be some adult content. We get a glimpse of a Beltane festival, and there are quite a few naked folks in the background. Like HBO, Netflix isn’t beholden to broadcast TV standards, and they can ladle on as much adult content as they want.
But Those Arms, Yo
There’s also a peek at Henry Cavill without his shirt on. His chest is bandaged, but the firelight playing over those muscles… well, let’s just say that even though this is a swords-and-sorcery joint, Cavill brought the gun show.
Geralt’s hair is still a disaster, but at this point, it doesn’t seem like that will change. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!