‘The Witcher’ review: HBO’s new fantasy show is a mythological mishmash

Henry Cavill in ‘The Witcher’ Adding to the long list of fantasy shows that have been on a surge since the success of the HBO epic Game of Thrones (GoT), The Witcher is an English language adaptation of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series. With Henry Cavill as the […]

Adding to the long list of fantasy shows that have been on a surge since the success of the HBO epic Game of Thrones (GoT), The Witcher is an English language adaptation of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series. With Henry Cavill as the protagonist (also called Geralt of Rivia), the show sets off on an exciting premise.

The showmakers deployed the best in the business—David J Peterson, who has created languages such as Dothraki and Valyrian for GoT among other such shows—to ensure nothing was amiss. But not everything is borrowed and copied, after all The Witcher is also a famous videogame.

For example, the first episode, The End’s Beginning, features the image of a solar eclipse. If you’ve read the Sapkowski’s short story Lesser Evil, you know that the princess Renfri was born under a so-called black sun, leading a wizard to assume that she was cursed. Sure enough, The End’s Beginning tells Renfri’s story all the way to its brutal ending.

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