Netflix Version of ‘The Witcher’ Finally Has a Release Date and New Trailer

Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, in Netflix's new series The Witcher
The Witcher, coming to Netflix December 20. Credit: Netflix

The Witcher is arriving to Netflix on December 20th, and the announcement came with the release of a new trailer to get us hyped about Geralt of Rivia slashing up monsters and men alike.

Having played all three Witcher games, I have been stoked for this show for a very. long. time. I know that the original book series, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, has much more world-building and character backstory than the games, so I’m curious to see how accurate the Netflix series is going to be. Also, I have some reading to do.

Though I’ve been doing my best to not compare the game characters to the ones we’ve gotten glimpses of in the trailers, it’s tough when the incredible graphics and voice acting of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cemented Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri so vividly in your brain. The Geralt players like me know is a tough and battle-hardened but not entirely humorless old man who has seen too much s*** and whose voice sounds like he swallowed a cocktail of whiskey, glass, and rocks. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), who plays Netflix’s Geralt, will have a lot to live up to.

Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, looking angsty as always.
Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, looking angsty as always. Credit: Netflix

The new trailer shows a lot of promise, though, especially for fans of the franchise who had been worried about whether or not Cavill would be able to flesh out the role. Our golden-eyed protagonist looks pretty awesome, albeit a bit younger, but ready for action. There are also a lot of moments that followers of both book and game franchises will recognize–like the scene at Blaviken, Yennefer of Vengerberg’s violet eyes, Geralt’s medallion that’s very visible when he’s in the infamous bathtub, and various armors from Nilfgaard and Cintra on all the dead bodies.

There have been other peeks of characters like Renfri, Fringilla, Dandelion/Jaskier, and of course, young Cirilla. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one and hoping Netflix won’t taken a mutagen to the series and have it convulse to death on floor of Kaer Morhen through alchemy gone-wrong.

Check out the new official trailer below:

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