The creator of The Witcher, Lauren S. Hissrich, shed some light on the hilarious Geralt and Yennefer sex scene.
Choppy timeline and the feel of a prologue aside, 'The Witcher' was one of the best small-screen offerings of 2019. Anchored by a stellar cast, the show received middling reviews, but the performance was enough to endear themselves to the heart of the fans. Despite a small minority, the masses were happy, evident by the jubilant feeling on Reddit.
Few shows and movies come to mind, which was able to battle initial negative response by the fans and then firmly turn their early criticism into later praise. In the current vitriolic fan culture, the achievement of 'The Witcher' is an anomaly, and now fans are waiting for what is in store for the second season of 'The Witcher.'
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But before everyone goes away to film the next installment in the beloved series, the creator of the Netflix series is talking to the press and giving insights into the creation of the show and how some of the scenes in 'The Witcher' came about. The creator of the show, Lauren S. Hissrich, was talking to Comic Book when she was asked about balancing the tones of the series, from fierce tension to humor.
Lauren said, “That's something that we obviously always write into the scripts. We try to balance the tones really well between drama and humor, but I love that example because it shows that what our priority is in writing is supported by all parts of the process. By decisions that the actors make, by decisions that the directors make, or a cameraman makes, or honestly the composers make. It really is a group effort in trying to nail that tone in the right way.”
Lauren S. Hissrich spoke about the balancing act in The Witcher between tension and humor. Source: IMDb
There is a fine line between tension and humor, too much of one can redefine the aspect of the show. Too much tension means there is just no relief of pressure for the audience, and it will take more of a strength to watch the show in its entirety. Too much humor would just take the believability and the feeling of vulnerability away from the story, so there needs to be balanced between the two, and 'The Witcher' was definitely playing in both brackets equally.
In the topic of humor, the creator of the show also mentioned the love scene between 'Geralt,' played by Henry Cavill and Yennefer, played by Anya Chalotra. The way the scene escalated from 0 to 100 was all credit to the composers of the show, according to Lauren. The music of the scene was what made the scene funny and added levity to a heavy episode.
Watch: The Geralt and Yennefer sex scene was hilarious due to the choice in music
Hissrich said, “Our composers, Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, are amazing, and that was actually their pitch to take that scene and to underscore it with something a little more playful as opposed to what you think you're going to get is something deeply dramatic. These are our two characters making love for the first time. Nope, Nope. It's fun. It's hilarious. It is an outlet for both of them in that moment, and it is unexpected. But that's the beginning of what we learn is a very tumultuous and passionate relationship in the future.”
Though the balance was right in the show, not everything worked for the series, one thing of notice was the extreme difficulty to follow along with the plot. The jumbled timeline and no way to determine which is which was the reason for much criticism and also resulted in the show’s creator saying they will be making the second season “more focused.”
The Witcher will be returning for a second season in 2021. Source: IMDb