Historical period dramas always become huge and gather a fan base. Game of Thrones managed to do it, right from the beginning of the show’s premiere. The HBO show had one of the highest viewers from around the world. Netflix is to bringing in their won periodic drama fantasy called The Witcher. Game of Thrones was written by George R. R. Martin and the novel series is selling in millions of numbers. There are two books yet to be released for the completion of the novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, but the showrunners of Game of Thrones tried to finish the show sooner and came up with their own story for the end.
Last season of Game of Thrones lashed out and was criticized for a very bad ending. The Witcher, however, is finished and done with its novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski. Netflix adapted the novel series and the first season is out and streaming. The show stars Henry Cavill as Geralt, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri.
How Approach for The Witcher is different?
The showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich of The Witcher had a different concept altogether to shape the show. HBO followed a traditional broadcast release for Game of Thrones meaning they released one episode a week. But Netflix did not do that with The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had a different take on building the story and spoke in an interview about it:
I would say that the opportunity to write for binge-watchers. What I love about Netflix is that you can binge-watch. I’m sure that we will have people that will stay up all night and watch all eight episodes because that’s what they want to do. That’s not personally how I watch my television. I’ll watch a couple of hours a night and I’ll take a break the next night and then I’ll come back. Netflix gives you the opportunity to watch television the way that you want to watch television.
Lauren continued talking about not wasting time on reminding the audience what happened before and delivering more story instead:
As a storyteller though, what I love is that I have eight hours to tell all the stories that I want to tell. And I don’t have to spend any of that eight hours reminding audiences what they saw the prior episode, or what they saw earlier in the season or last season. I can be very smart about that storytelling and use basically all the time that I have to push the story forward as opposed to looking back on the story we already did. So to me, just as a writer, I love the opportunity because I feel like I can fit that much more story in every episode.
Which one is huge, Game of Thrones or The Witcher?
Game of Thrones has a high number of characters and George R. R. Martin said the story was not about one single character. Whereas The Witcher is opposite and the name itself discloses who the story is going to be about. Netflix’s The Witcher won’t be as huge as Game of Thrones in terms of casting and character inclusion. The Witcher is about Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Princess Cirilla. There might be new characters entering the show, but they will be supporting ones and not lead.
Which is has more fantastical?
The Witcher definitely has more magic and fantasy. Game of Thrones did include dragons, white walkers and a sprinkle of magic here and there. But The Witcher is completely magical with a lot of mythical creatures and beasts. The amount of fantasy is higher in The Witcher and theirs more to come in the upcoming seasons about mages, sorceresses and monsters.
Both shows dive into sexuality and nudity. Game of Thrones was less romantic with nude scenes, there were a lot of brutalities when compared to The Witcher which has romances. Cutting dicks of people and harassing women was the taste Game of Thrones preferred. Quenching the thirst of lush is the tune followed in The Witcher.
Is ‘The Witcher‘ really as Great as ‘Game of Thrones‘?
According to me, The Witcher is not a replacement for Game of Thrones, both are different in their own manner. While Game of Thrones focuses on upper classes, Kings and Queens fighting for power and rule, The Witcher basis on the lower classes oppressed by prophecy and power. Geralt the protagonist himself is a lower class man finding his place in the world filled with dangerous monsters and wicked humans.
The ultimate factor that decides the success of these kinds of shows is the use of book material. A Song of Ice and Fire and The Witcher are book victorious novel series and that’s the reason why there are adapted into TV shows. But the way, the showrunners use the book materials written by authors will determine the quality of the show. Game of Thrones turned less interesting in the end because the showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss decided to go on their own leaving the books behind. That did not work well for them. The Witcher season one comprises the story from The Last Wish, the first book of The Witcher novel series. The story was dragged along and not everything was used from the book, just the important parts as felt by the show producers.
For now, it will be very quick to judge The Witcher because only the first season of the show is out. We will need to wait for a few more seasons and then come to a statement. The season 2 is renewed and will be released around 2021 or sooner. But is the Netflix show worth your time? The Witcher is certainly worth it. The show includes layers of drama and thrill that will keep you on the edge. The first few episodes were slow and as you watch along, the story gets interesting and fabulous.