The Witcher: Netflix releases official trailer, confirms release date [video]

Fans at Lucca Comics and Games convention in Lucca, Italy were treated to the brand new main trailer for the highly anticipated new series The Witcher on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich unveiled the footage during a panel discussion with cast members Anya Chalotra, who portrays Yennefer, and Freya Allan in the role of Ciri. 

Fans also learned that the series will consist of eight episodes and will debut globally on Netflix in December. Here’s what we know.

Netflix’s The Witcher – What you need to know

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What is The Witcher?

The TV series is based on the eponymous best-selling fantasy series. It follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Cavill) a solitary monster hunter. Geralt, used to hunting beasts, struggles to find his place in a world filled with wicked men.

His path crosses with that of a powerful sorceress and a young princess. They band up and must learn how to navigate – and survive – the perilous Continent.

Netflix confirmed that it drew inspiration from Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy of the same name. The show also draws inspiration from the eponymous game series, especially The Witcher 3, but is not based on the game.

In fact, Sapkowski worked closely with Netflix during the production of The Witcher, which only adds to the series’ credibility. Sapkowski said in a press release:

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

When will The Witcher be released?

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As per the new trailer released at Lucca Comics and Games in Italy, The Witcher will be coming to a small screen near you on 20 December 2019.

Other than the official trailer, Netflix also released a teaser trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. Not much was revealed, just enough to whet our appetites.

The tagline for the series is, “The worst monsters are the ones we create.”

What does the official teaser trailer reveal?

Anya Chalotra’s character Yennefer has purple eyes, just like in the books. And while Geralt’s eyes are described as “cat-like,” it was clear that he had ‘normal eyes’, not cat’s pupils.

The trailer also shows Geralt killing soldiers – presumably Nilfgaardian. Later on we see a few ghouls as Geralt finds more creatures under a bridge.

There are, of course, a smörgåsbord of details for eagle-eyed fans to feast on, but don’t let us give it all away. See for yourself.

Watch: The Witcher official trailer

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