People Are Calling Netflix's New Show The Next 'Game Of Thrones'
Henry Cavill's passion project, 'The Witcher', has hit Netflix, prompting some fans to call it the next 'Game of Thrones'.
If you've never heard of 'The Witcher', don't fret.
The series is based on a collection of books and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski that follow the adventures of a witcher, Geralt of Rivia.
Sapkowski's work was adapted into a Polish film, graphic novels and a hugely successful video game franchise.
Now, Netflix has taken a stab at the series, with Henry Cavill starring in the titular role of Geralt.
A fantasy adventure series, 'The Witcher' takes place on The Continent -- a world populated by witches, monsters, elves, gnomes, humans and those known as witchers.
Basically, Geralt is a monster hunter -- but witcher is a way cooler name for that.
As a huge fan of the video games, Cavill apparently begged for an audition when he heard Netflix was planning to make the series, hounding them to get into those tight leather monster-hunting pants.
But the series doesn't just follow Geralt.
While there is a LOT going on, it revolves around the interconnected stories of Geralt, Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra).
While comparing the two shows does seem reductive, a lot of fans are claiming that Netflix now has the latest 'Game of Thrones', with 'Witcher' landing on the platform this week.
The series is also a little slow to find its feet, with Netflix only providing five of the eight episodes for screening ahead of launch.
But once it reveals a few of its twists, the series is actually doing some pretty exciting things regarding story and structure (which we will not spoil).
The three-story approach really works in 'The Witcher's favour considering Geralt's gruff demeanour makes him a pretty uninteresting character. Thankfully Yennefer's story all but makes up for it, and Chalotra delivers an impressive turn as the fledgling mage.
Geralt is also occasionally joined by his best frenemy Jaskier (Joey Batey) -- a travelling bard who won't shut up -- making the impressive but flat, gravelly scowling Geralt spends a lot of his time doing a little more dynamic, and bringing a much-needed lightness to the grim Continent.
The series doesn't hold back when it comes to some brutal fight scenes as well as some eyebrow-raising plot developments featuring eels (again, no spoilers).
With 'The Mandalorian' and 'The Witcher', the tail end of 2019 has sure had its fill of sullen men walking into a drinking establishment, only to have every other patron stop speaking and watch them walk to their table.
So, if you're looking for something to fill that 'GoT' hole in your viewing schedule, you might want to check out 'The Witcher'.
All eight episodes of 'The Witcher' are now streaming on Netflix.
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