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'The Witcher' Showrunner Explains Why Jaskier Doesn't Have His Ridiculous Hat

'The Witcher' Showrunner Explains Why Jaskier Doesn't Have His Ridiculous Hat

There's no doubt in my mind that the first season of Netflix's The Witcher was great. An epic, tense, gory, often ridiculous fantasy adventure that did the books justice and convinced me to replay The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt again. Not that I ever need much convincing to do that, to be fair.

With that said, the show did have its problems. The multiple timelines were admittedly a little confusing, something showrunner Lauren S Hissrich has promised to address with a more linear second season. There was also some criticism aimed at some of the liberties the show took when adapting the source material to live-action.

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Most of this I can live with, and I honestly think the cast and crew did a great job bringing The Witcher to life. However, one thing I cannot stand, is the fact that Joey Batey - who plays the lovable bard Jaskier - didn't have his signature hat from the books and games. How. Dare. They. Seriously, HOW DARE THEY RUIN THE WITCHER LIKE THIS?

Such a punchable face
Such a punchable face

Nah, I don't actually care. Do what you gotta do to make the show work, right? Still, some fans did wonder why Netflix's version of Jaskier/Dandelion was lacking his usual fabulous (and ridiculous) headgear. Fortunately, Hissrich herself provided an answer to the case of the missing hat. I know, I'm as excited as you are about it.

If you're unfamiliar with the books and games, Jaskier typically wears an extravagant hat/bonnet that matches the rest of his fabulous wardrobe. Yes, it does make him look a prick. Funnily enough, that's the exact reason Hissrich decided it would be best to leave the hat out of the Netflix show.

During a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Hissrich said that they did pop a hat on Joey Batey, but that it looked so ridiculous that it threatened to detract from the more serious moments of the show. Jaskier is mostly there to provide comic relief, to be fair, if a large, jaunty hat appeared alongside Geralt in every scene it might just have undercut the drama of any given situation.

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Credit: CD Projekt RED
Credit: CD Projekt RED

"Ah, yes, the hat," Hissrich wrote. "It was made, we tried it on Joey, and we couldn't stop laughing. Will we try again? Sure. Nothing is impossible."

So there you go. We've heard the second season of The Witcher will likely introduce more Witchers besides Geralt, but the real headline is that we could see the debut of Jaskier's hat. How incredibly thrilling that would be. I've no doubt the dozen or so people that actually noticed/cared Jaskier wasn't wearing a hat in the show are over the moon.

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.

 

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