The Witcher: Season 1 – A Review

My darling readers!
If you follow me on tumblr, you might have noticed that I’ve developed a little obsession with The Witcher. Want to know why? Read on!

The Plot:

Geralt is a Witcher – a mutant created to hunt monster. His life gets upturned by several remarkable women (and a sassy bard) and he finds himself tangled in conflicts he doesn’t want to be a part of. But one can’t run from destiny, right?

The Rating:

So, by now I finished watching the show twice and I highly recommend doing so. After the first binge, I thought the show was pretty good but I wasn’t in love. You see, I spent a lot of time being very confused which in turn led to me being annoyed.

Why was I confused you might ask? Well, there are three major characters: Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri who all have their separate storylines (which might intersect at some time). However, none of the stories we see in the show take place at the same time. The show spans over the course of almost 60 years!

So, after I figured that out (Netflix did a helpful little thing for that over here) I wasn’t initially inclined to watch the show again. However, Netflix released a clip on Youtube with Henry Cavill giving us a detailed walkthrough of the first episode’s iconic battle. This battle is so perfectly choreographed, breathtaking and simply impressive, I decided to re-watch the first episode to actually see the fight again. After that, I just decided to give the other 7 episodes another shot as well. So, here we are!

Once I got past being confused and actually got to focus on the characters, I ended up loving the show. Sure, it’s not perfect and there is room for improvement, but it really is great!

First of all, Henry Cavill is perfection as the witcher. He really embodies the role and you can tell how excited he was to play the part. Then there is Joey Batey (make sure to check out his amazing band) who plays the bard Jaskier. That one became one of my all-time favorite characters very quickly. He is adorable, funny, talented and graced us with a song that will worm itself into your head. Also, he is radiating some serious bi-energy and Geraskier is my new favorite ship. You can’t tell me that the writers and producers were thinking of something else. There is no other logical reason to explain this exchange.

Anyway, let’s talk a bit about the leading ladies of The Witcher. There’s Ciri who obviously will be important in the next season but so far, I’m not a fan. Freya Allan plays the part convincingly but her story just hasn’t captured me. I trust season two to do that job splendidly, though.
And of course, there’s Yennefer. She is the most bad-ass bitch on the entire continent. Although I don’t really care for her love(?) story with the witcher, she has an intriguing story arc and I am so curious to find out more about here! Big shout out to Anya Chalotra for looking radiant, intense and fierce in every single scene she’s in.

After some initial difficulties with The Witcher, I ended up loving this show. If you were (like me) rather confused while watching, please give it a re-watch. It gets so much better the second time!

Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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9 thoughts on “The Witcher: Season 1 – A Review

  1. One of my friends warned me about the time jumps before I watched it so I was slightly less confused. Like you I love the characters, especially Yennefer, Geralt and Jaskier (his songs are great as well!) I’m really excited to see what happens next season, I think they’re filming it now. Also Geralt’s voice is gorgeous!!

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