Netflix is planning on a Witcher anime spin-off, but it won't feature the famed 'Geralt of Rivera', or any of the known cast from the original series for that matter!
'The Witcher' is Netflix's 'Game of Thrones,' but hopefully with a better ending. The series hit it big in the most unprecedented ways amongst the fans within a short time. Needless to say that it set the bar high for any other future fantasy series to ever be released.
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Already one of the most famous shows of Netflix, it came as no surprise when 'The Witcher' was announced to receive a spin-off; that too in the form of an anime series. The long rumors on the internet were finally confirmed by the streaming service last month.
Netflix is slowly dropping details of what the spin-off titled 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' will be about, and the most significant revelation was which character would the new anime star. The anime show will feature none of the original cast of the series from the show.
'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' will be about Geralt's trainer Vesemir. Source: DualShockers
Yes, you heard it right, none of the original cast, not 'Geralt,' 'Ciri,' or even 'Yennifer.' It will instead feature the story of 'Vesemir' and his origins as a boy lost to the 'Law of Surprise'. It's not that strange though. There will be a completely different thing to talk about once it airs.
The name 'Vesemir' is mentioned sporadically throughout the series itself, but unless you are a big fan of either the novels or the game, there's a good chance you missed it. In a short description, 'Vesemir' was the oldest and most experienced witcher at Kaer Morhen. He's the one who made Geralt who he is and acts as a father figure for Henry Cavill's character.
Kaer Morhen as shown in The Witcher game series. Source: YouTube
While it makes sense to introduce the character as, 'Vesemir' is very likely to appear in Season 2, it's a big challenge for Netflix. Neither Andrzej Sapkowski's novels nor the critically-acclaimed video game series attempted to flesh out the past of Geralt's mentor.
'Vesemir' is narrated as being wise and skilled, but that's all there is about him. His youth and history are never explored, only hinted at when others discuss the near destruction of the 'School of the Wolf'. It's a daunting task to showcase both the glory days of the witcher schools and their fall at the hand of a hateful mob of humans led by mages and priests.
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At long last, how Netflix executes this project will determine the fate of 'The Witcher' series. In case of a hit and miss similar to the ending of HBO's 'Game of Thrones', the streaming service will have to face an angry mob of their own, which is 'The Witcher' fan-base.