There is little doubt that the upcoming fantasy series The Witcher will be faithful to the books penned by Andrzej Sapkowski. However, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has just confirmed that there will be some major changes for Princess Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg in the new Netflix show.
Hissrich recently spoke to SciFi Now about how the series will be different from the books (via Redanian Intelligence). But don't worry, these are acceptable shifts that fans of the two female characters will embrace wholeheartedly.
“The biggest shift that I’ve made from the books is that I wanted Ciri and Yennefer to stand on their own legs a little bit more," Hissrich explained.
Sure, Ciri and Yennefer are two of the strongest characters in The Witcher but they somehow end up standing in Geralt of Rivia's shadow. This is one thing that Hissrich is determined to change in the series.
“In the books, they’re introduced through Geralt’s lens, through his POV, and it was important to me that our audience get to know them individually first, see them be created and their own journeys and then see them intersect and see what happens,” Hissrich said. “So that was one of the biggest shifts that I made but it was, to me, the most exciting opportunity because I also found these characters to be really compelling.”
So far, the trailers seem to focus on Henry Cavill's character. Hopefully, we'll get to learn more about his companions once the show finally premieres next month.
The Witcher will be available for streaming on Netflix starting December 20.