NME reports that the first viewings of Netflix’s The Witcher were released recently to select groups of critics, and so far it is getting rave reviews. Funnily enough, due to the show’s fantastical genre (and the fact that it is based on novels), many can’t help but compare it to the Emmy-winning HBO series GoT.
One user posted on Twitter, “Oh I will say this. The fight scenes in The Witcher make Game of Thrones fight scenes look like two drunks fighting outside a bar.” Another added of the fight sequences, “The Fight Scenes In #Witcher WOW Makes #GameofThrones Fights Look Awful – Watching The Witcher Season 1 This Weekend.”
The forthcoming show, based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, follows monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill. In 2007, it was also turned into a well-received video game and gained immense popularity. Many fans of the original books were anxious about what would happen to the integrity of the story when Netflix took it over for the small screen, but it turns out that the streaming service apparently has done an excellent job.
One viewer wrote on Twitter, "Watching the screeners for @witchernetflix. I’ll admit, as a huge fan of the books, I was a little worried, but [creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich] has done a masterful job telling this story. It also helps that the cast is amazing! And Henry Cavill, just ... wow. #TheWitcher."
Looks like we might have a new sword-swinging series to obsess over soon. Be sure to check out The Witcher when it is released Dec. 20 on Netflix.