'The Witcher' Release Date, Plot, and More About Your Next Fantasy TV Binge

Jon Snow who? We're all about Geralt of Rivia now.

Henry Cavill as Geralt in Netflix's 'The Witcher'

Netflix has a new, bingeable high-fantasy series on its way in the form of The Witcher, adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy series of the same name. Starring Henry Cavill (in what may be the best wig work of 2019), The Witcher promises to transport viewers to a new, strange land where magic, mythical creatures, princesses, and lone warriors are commonplace.

The Witcher was first published in 1986, with short stories written by Sapkowski later compiled into various volumes. Set in a land known as the Continent, the story primarily follows Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), a solitary man who has devoted his life to training physically and magically to defeat creatures that plague the land. Geralt’s travels also lead to different encounters with other citizens of the Continent, reminding Geralt that the more ferocious or detestable beings can be human, too.

CD Projekt Red went on to develop a series of video games based on Sapkowski’s stories, beginning with 2007’s The Witcher on the PC. From there, the franchise has grown, adding The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to its catalogue.

IGN reports that filming on The Witcher has wrapped, but we’ve only recently gotten our first look at the series’ main characters. With no official footage from the first season revealed yet with interest peaking, the time is now to figure out what we do know about this series.

When Will The Witcher Be Released?

The Witcher will be released in fall 2019. An exact release date has yet to be confirmed.

Henry Cavill in Geralt first-look photo from 'The Witcher'
Meet Geralt, a witcher and the protagonist of our story

Is There a Trailer For The Witcher?

There is no trailer for The Witcher yet. Filming began in October 2018 in Hungary, shortly after the series was announced as Comic-Con 2018. The series wrapped on Season 1 back in May 2019. While filming, filming locations moved from Hungary to Gran Canaria, Spain, as well as the islands of La Palma and La Gomera.

With the series set to premiere in fall 2019, it’s likely a trailer will be released close to the premiere date (Netflix loves to cut it close in that way). Hopefully we’ll get a taste of all of the locations used for the show when we get our first, true-blue look.

What Is The Plot of The Witcher?

According to the official synopsis from Netflix:

“Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”

Ciri is the “young princess” mentioned in the synopsis while Yennefer is the “powerful sorceress”. Audiences can expect the plot to revolve primarily around Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer since they form the show’s core trio.

How Many Episodes Are in Season 1?

The Witcher Season 1 will have a total of eight episodes. There’s no confirmation yet but it’s safe to guess each episode will run an hour long because it’s a Netflix drama rather than a comedy (those episodes clock in at about 30 minutes).

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer on Netflix's 'The Witcher'
Anya Chalotra will play Yennefer, a sorceress with close ties to Geralt and Ciri

Who Is In The Witcher Cast?

The Witcher cast boasts a tidy line-up of seasoned actors and fresh faces. The core cast includes:

  • Henry Cavill as “Geralt of Rivia”
  • Anya Chalotra as “Yennefer”
  • Freya Allan as “Ciri”
  • Jodhi May as “Queen Calanthe”
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as “King Eist”
  • MyAnna Buring as “Tissaia”
  • Mimi Ndiweni as “Fringilla”
  • Millie Brady as Princess “Renfri”

Is This Going to Fill The Game of Thrones-Sized Hole In My Heart?

Okay, listen: It’s going to be tough to replace Game of Thrones, believe you me. But if any TV series stands a chance at conjuring up another deeply engrossing, textually-rich high fantasy story like HBO’s hit series, it feels like The Witcher is going to come pretty damn close. It feels early to call this shot but yes, all Game of Thrones fans mindlessly scrolling through to look for a new show will likely find something for them in The Witcher.

Freya Allan as Ciri on Netflix's The Witcher
Freya Allan plays Ciri, Geralt's witcher protégé 

How Can I Watch The Witcher?

You’ll be able to watch The Witcher only on Netflix. Make sure that subscription is sorted out before fall 2019, people!

The Witcher will be released on Netflix later in 2019.

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