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Netflix's The Witcher Gets A New Trailer And Official Release Date

Netflix's The Witcher Gets A New Trailer And Official Release Date

As promised yesterday, Netflix has now shared the second (and possibly final) trailer for the upcoming live-action adaption of The Witcher - and in among all the action, monsters, swords, and murder, we finally have a release date! It's time to get excited, friends:

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I'd love to tell you to that the release date is a massive surprise, but it turns out that the gritty fantasy show will indeed be landing on the streaming service on 20 December, just a few days after the 17 December release that various rumours, leaks and reports had suggested.

Having to wait an extra three days later than suspected hurts a bit, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the new trailer, does it?

Netflix's The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as a mutated monster-hunter-for-hire called Geralt of Rivia, alongsideAnya Chalotra as the formidable sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Freya Allen as Ciri.

A brief synopsis reads: "When destiny hurtles [Geralt] toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together."

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

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The first season of the show will run for eight episodes, and is directly inspired by the fantasy novel series of the same name, written by author Andrzej Sapkowski, and not the arguably more recognisable trilogy of Witcher games from CD Projekt RED. You'd think we wouldn't need to keep pointing that out, but you'd be surprised.

While it would be great to see the games eventually adapted into the show, it seems that showrunner Lauren Hissrich fully intends to stick to the written material.

"Extreme long vision, no, we will not start adapting the games," she told GameSpot. "I can only adapt one season at a time, and I'm so excited for this one, and the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone said to me, 'What happens in Season 7?' Like, sure, I have thoughts... you know, fingers crossed we get there."

The Witcher
The Witcher

Producer Lauren Hissrich recently described the series as 'brutal', which is pretty much in line with what you'd expect from the gritty world of The Witcher. In both the books and games, Geralt's world is one of stark moral choices and monsters both mortal and otherworldy.

"[It's] very brutal", Hissrich told Italian website Corriere. "We are not shy about the adult themes present in the original material. The novels contemplate sexism, racism and war with a lot of politics."

"Let's say five-year-olds shouldn't watch it."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: The Witcher, Netflix

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.