The next season, Witcher Season 3, is going to cast a new actor, Robbie Amell, for an original role which hints that the series will again stray from the source material.
The Witcher Series on Netflix is based on a fictional storyline written by a famous Polish author named Andrzej Sapkowski. The author has written many books and short stories around a character, Geralt of Rivia, who is a Witcher. Witcher means a monster-hunter, and Geralt is shown to be the best on the Continent.
Netflix’s The Witcher Series presents those witcher books and short stories in the English Language, so the whole world can enjoy the exciting adventures of Geralt. The Witcher Season 1 introduced the crucial characters of the books to the world, which are Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher; Yennefer of Vengerberg, the most powerful sorcerer; and a child surprise, Princess Cirilla of Cintra, Ciri, whose body is filled with Elder Blood. The Witcher Season 1’s purpose was to set a base for future adventures, in which it presented a lot of timelines of every main character.
The Witcher Season 2 started with an amazing father-daughter building relationship, as the two characters destined to be together finally met at the end of Witcher Season 1, Geralt and Ciri. Their journey to Kaer Morhen, Geralt’s hometown, started as well as their bond with each other. The Witcher Season 2 was praised much more than Season 1, as it included a less-confusing timeline with the exciting action of Geralt and horrifying monsters.
The Witcher Season 2 ended with the whole world knowing about Ciri, a child with unlimited powers who can end the whole world. In the end, everyone wants to get their hands on this vast source of power for their own use. Towards the end, some of the biggest villains of the Witcher Series were revealed, which will be coming after Ciri in the next season, The Witcher Season 3.
Witcher Season 3: Making Book Accuracy Concerns Worse
The next season, The Witcher Season 3, is on its way, and recently some of the casting announcements of the new characters, which are to be added in season 3, have been made. The casting announcements are making the audience question the show’s nature of being true to the books.
The Witcher Season 2 took a lot of liberties with the source material while introducing some of the new characters in the Witcher World. It introduced a demonic character as a primary antagonist, Deathless Mother, Voleth Meir; the series redesigned a supporting character in the family of Witchers at Kaer Morhen, and it also presented an original subplot which involved the Elves and their leader, Francesca.
The Witcher Season 3 is going to be based on the book ‘Time of Contempt’ written by Andrzej Sapkowski. But the casting information revealed states otherwise, as it will continue to deviate from the books.
The new casting information included the announcement that the actor Robbie Amell is going to play the role of an original character, Gallatin. According to Netflix, Gallatin is going to play as an Elven Warrior who “leads an army of guerrilla Scoia’tael fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard. Unafraid to speak his truth, Gallatin’s loyalty to his people ultimately leads him on a collision course with Francesca overpower.”
The above role description clearly hints that it will be a continuation of Francesca’s arc; as a result, the show is going to follow its own story, but not the books. The actions like these will likely generate complaints from the book’s fanbase.
The Witcher Series on Netflix is said to be based on the Witcher books, but the book readers are not exactly pleased by its representation on screen. A review has been shared focusing on the bombing of Season 2 on some of the popular sites like Rotten Tomatoes. The reviews explain to the audience the difference between the scores of the two seasons of the series based on their nature of being true to the books. And the casting of Gallatin will only raise the complaints from the fans of witcher books.
The Francesca subplot is different from all the other alterations made by Netflix’s Witcher Series, as it is not just altering a character or subtracting something from the storyline, but it is adding another dimension to it. Sapkowski’s books are focused on their characters, but the Witcher Series on Netflix is trying to build a larger world.
The world-building is going to be beneficial for Netflix as it is going to create an expensive, extended world of The Witcher, leading to various spin-offs and tie-ins. According to this perspective, it is justified why The Witcher series is departing from the source material, trying to establish a foundation for the wider franchise to build. The Witcher Season 3 is going to be a big step, straying from the source material and setting a new dimension in the series. However, some of the fans will be disappointed – which is the price Netflix will have to pay.