Netflix The Witcher Character Retcon Explained
Netflix’s final season has longtime fans of The witcher wondering why a character got the ax, smashing from its source. Now one of the key staff explained The witcher retcon character, and why they changed it.
SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched The Witcher on Netflix or read the books yet, you might want to stop reading here.
Now that you have been warned, we are embarking on the pain train. After more than 1000 hours of The witcher games and after having read all of Andrzej Sapkowski’s work on the universe, I would say that I know the history of the characters quite well and that I am invested enough in all of it. The games have really left a positive mark on me as an avid gamer too.
Fans of the scarred witcher Eskel were shocked when he was killed in the show’s second season, as he survived in his books and in the games. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich was asked why they killed him, a big departure from the source material.
“In all fairness, the very first version of the script we wrote, [there] was a brand new witcher that we had never met before, that we had never heard of, and all of a sudden we were like, “Oh, our audience is going to meet Coen and Lambert and Eskel and, you know, John, ”Hissrich said.
She added: “Who is going to die? John is going to die. So we thought about it really hard, and I know there are fans out there who love Eskel and are like, “Why would we do this?” But honestly her death is what changes everything for Geralt and I think it pushes Geralt to figure out what’s going on with Ciri and do it quickly, as he knows he risks losing her and her brothers. ‘he doesn’t.
I got to watch the Netflix series expecting them to take some liberties and not be 100% true to the source material, because that’s exactly how show business is. Producers on Netflix The witcher are no different from your typical Hollywood types who love to thumb their noses at loyal franchise fans and subvert all expectations just to capitalize on them.
But I digress, tangent to the side, the decision to cancel one of the integral characters and residents of Kaer Morhen was as puzzling as it was shocking. Eskel and Geralt’s dynamics throughout the games and books suggest that Eskel is an equally talented witcher as Geralt, although Eskel is more brash and does not embody the trait of the emotionless witcher.
Eskel being written off by a Leshen “infection” is not only out of character, but is also factually incorrect if you trust Leshens’ lore and bestiary. The Leshens are ancient tree spirit monsters who use crows and wolves as servants to do their dirty work and only reveal themselves at opportune times to seal the deal and end the conflict. They also don’t behave like sprawling monsters from a Japanese hentai, as the Netflix show shows. Leshens also don’t infect people as has been inferred from Eskel’s plight and Netflix’s eventual demise. witcher Pin up.
Total ignorance of the already established tradition only stinks Game of thrones Where Walking Dead Lazy, uninspired writing, where killing previously fleshed out and established characters is widely accepted as normal and intelligent when, again, it isn’t. It’s lazy and unoriginal, and ultimately, unbearably boring.
Eskel being put down by a monster he could have defeated on his own, is also just one of the offense lists from this past season. Yennefer attempting and failing to kidnap Ciri to get her magic back, the terrible decision to kill Geralt’s horse (Roach), Vezimir trying to trick Ciri into making the herbs her own trial to become a witcher, Ciri desperately wanting going all the way too (Ciri never wanted to go through the Witcher mutations in books and games) are a few grievances that I remember watching the series recently.
However, Dandelion, the bard character, sang another absolute tune. The song titled “Burn Butcher Burn” seems to have been inspired by Geralt who left him on a mountain the previous season, thus forcing Dandelion to fend for his own good as far as Geralt is concerned. They reconciled and started traveling together again, so at least one positive thing has come out of this season.
So in closing, even with all my complaints, I enjoyed this last season. The visuals and production were much better, there was more monster fighting, less boring flashbacks, and a more perfect deadpan line delivery by Henry Cavill. Hopefully they don’t decide to kill another character next season just to annoy fans.
In related news, it looks like Netflix is very happy with the overall reception of their adaptation of The witcher as they are already planning and producing the initial materials for a potential third season – his script is already nearing completion.
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