The Witcher on Netflix Australia preview: Release date, cast, plot, reviews

Posted: 5 December 2019 11:48 am
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Will new fantasy show The Witcher fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in your heart?

One of the most highly-anticipated shows of 2019, Netflix's The Witcher is almost guaranteed to make a splash, especially among book and gaming enthusiasts. The fantasy series will drop on Netflix in late December, but there's already plenty of hype surrounding the epic drama thanks to its tremendous cast and behind-the-scenes talent.

The streaming giant is releasing copious amounts of original content every week, so it's natural for some of its titles to get lost among all the noise. That's not the case for The Witcher, which is expected to arrive on Netflix with fanfare, at least judging by early fan reactions.

If you're eager to join in the fun, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming release.

What is The Witcher about?

The Witcher is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired a popular series of video games.

The story revolves around Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter (or Witcher) with supernatural powers. He struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove to be more dangerous than beasts and generally leads a fairly solitary life.

However, destiny brings Geralt closer to a powerful sorceress and a young princess, with the three banding together to navigate a world full of magic and monsters.

When does The Witcher come out on Netflix Australia?

The Witcher will be available on Netflix Australia starting Friday, 20 December.

How many episodes are in the first season of The Witcher?

The first season of the show will consist of eight episodes. In traditional Netflix fashion, all will be released at the same time. If you're curious, here are the episode titles:

  1. The End's Beginning
  2. Four Marks
  3. Betrayer Moon
  4. Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials
  5. Bottled Appetites
  6. Rare Species
  7. Before a Fall
  8. Much More

The Witcher has already been renewed for Season 2.

Is there a The Witcher trailer?

Yes! Netflix released a full-length trailer for the upcoming fantasy series. Spoiler alert: it looks great. There's also a teaser available, which came out back in July.

Who stars in The Witcher?

Geralt is played by Henry Cavill, Superman himself. You might know him from the DC Universe, where he portrayed the iconic superhero in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. Or from other movies like Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Stardust, Blood Creek, or The Man from U.N.C.L.E. On the TV front, he played Charles Brandon on The Tudors.

Besides Cavill, the main cast includes Freya Allan as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg. You'll also see Jodhi May, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni and more.

Will The Witcher be any good?

Yes. We strongly believe the hype is real. Netflix can't afford a flop, especially after scoring Cavill as the lead and investing heavily in marketing for the upcoming series.

The streaming giant managed to position The Witcher as the natural successor to Game of Thrones, which are big shoes to fill, and will likely benefit from fans of the books and games tuning in early and urging their friends to do the same.

The only obstacle to the Netflix show's success may be the release strategy. When episodes are released weekly, they remain a part of the cultural conversation for longer. With all episodes available at once, the show will get plenty of buzz once it drops, but no one can guarantee that the buzz will last for months to come.

Yet, that didn't stop Stranger Things from becoming a hit, so we're sure Netflix isn't too worried.

Furthermore, The Witcher is created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who also worked as a writer and producer for shows like The West Wing, Daredevil and The Umbrella Academy. Alik Sakharov, who also worked on Game of Thrones, is an executive producer and directed three episodes.

Last but not least, Netflix put together an early screening for the premiere of The Witcher. The reactions were largely positive. Needless to say, we're looking forward to tuning in and judging the show for ourselves.

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