It's going to be a long while before we see Netflix's The Witcher debut. A previous statement has said that the series based on the popular trilogy of games by CD Projekt Red would not premiere until before 2020. The news got a mixed response because fans were sad for the wait but happy that it would be taken seriously.
Now, the series writer and executive produce Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed that the first season of The Witcher will only be eight episodes.
Hissrich revealed the news on Twitter, claiming that these eight episodes can be tight, rich with character, and have plenty of action. Though she admits that eight episodes sound short, she feels that it's the right call for the series.
Fans who have played the games, particularly the excellent third, know that each side quest has a rich layer of lore and cinematic feel. The third game, in particular, had some fantastic side quests, two of which ended up intertwining with one another for a gut-wrenching twist. This is the Bloody Baron quest, for fans of the game.
Needless to say, if each episode can feel like one of the game's side quests, having eight episodes won't be a bad thing at all.
Expect Netflix's The Witcher to arrive in 2020. Gamers who haven't tried an installment yet should pick up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is available in standard and Game of the Year editions for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.