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[Western Series] The Witcher €? Season 1

The first season, consisting of eight episodes, was released on Netflix on December 20, 2019. It was based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which are collections of short stories that precede the main The Witcher saga. The second season, also consisting of eight episodes and based on the novel Blood of Elves, released on December 17, 2021. In September 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a third season, which will be released in mid-2023. This will be followed by a fourth season, with Liam Hemsworth taking over the role of Geralt of Rivia.

[Western Series] The Witcher – Season 1

Netflix announced a second season on November 13, 2019,[28][29] under the working title "Mysterious Monsters",[30] with production set to begin in London in early 2020, for a planned release in 2021.[31] In April 2021, Netflix's co-chief executive officer and chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the second season is expected to premiere in Q4 2021.[32][33] In July 2021, it was announced that the second season would premiere on December 17, 2021.[34] On September 25, 2021, Netflix announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.[35]

Principal photography for the first season began on October 31, 2018, in Hungary.[46] Much of the series was filmed at Mafilm Studios near Budapest; the outdoor set included the exterior of wizard Stregobor's household. The hall in Cintra was constructed at Origo Studios on the outskirts of Budapest. Fort Monostor (Monostori Erőd) and the nearby forest was used for some exterior scenes in Cintra. The Battle of Marnadal was filmed in the hills of a village in Hungary, Csákberény. The village that was Yennefer's original home was filmed at the Skanzen Village Museum, an open-air site near Szentendre some 30 kilometres (20 mi) north of Budapest; this location was also used in scenes with Ciri in an area with a windmill. The production used the exteriors of Burg Kreuzenstein, a castle near Leobendorf, Austria, for the abandoned fictional castle Vizima, but the interiors were filmed at Origo Studios.[58]

Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli composed the soundtrack for the first season. The duo collaborated with several soloists and artists; the soundtrack features many medieval instruments to match the medieval-inspired setting of the series.[76] More than 60 different instruments from around the world were used to create the soundtrack.[77][78] The original song "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher", composed by Belousova and Ostinelli and sung by Batey in the second episode, became a viral hit shortly after the series's release.[79] Users have created mods to patch the song into the video game adaptions of The Witcher.[80] All violin solos for the series were performed by Lindsay Deutsch.[81]

Netflix released the first teaser for the series at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019.[83][84] The first full trailer was revealed at Lucca Comics & Games on October 31, 2019.[85][86] Netflix released a final trailer on December 12, 2019.[87] On October 29, 2021, Netflix released the official trailer for season 2.[88][89][90]

In April 2019, Netflix's Ted Sarandos told investors in an earnings call that the series would be released in late 2019.[91] The series premiered on December 20, 2019.[86] The second season premiered on December 17, 2021.[92] The third season is set to premiere in mid-2023.[9]

On August 26, 2020, a making-of about the first season of the show titled Making The Witcher was released on Netflix.[93] On September 2, 2020, the making-of series The Witcher: A Look Inside the Episodes premiered on Netflix.[94]

For the first season, Rotten Tomatoes collected 91 reviews and identified 68% of them as positive, with an average rating of 6.26/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor."[101] Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 54 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[102]

On December 30, 2019, Netflix issued a number of official lists, including the Most Popular TV Shows of 2019. The series was among the most viewed in the U.S. market, where The Witcher was ranked second among series.[128] On January 21, 2020, Netflix announced that the first season had been viewed by over 76 million viewers on its service within its first month of release.[129] Netflix had recently changed its viewership metric, from 70% of an episode under the previous metric, down to two minutes under the new metric. The new metric gives viewing figures 35% higher on average than the previous one.[130] The 76 million views in its first month based on the new metric (at least two minutes or more) is the largest for a Netflix series launch since the introduction of the new viewership metric.[131][132]

The Witcher was, until the release of Bridgerton and Squid Game, Netflix's most watched original series launch at the time, with 541 million hours viewed in the first 28 days of release, and season two achieved 484 million hours watched.[133]

The following are Netflix's most watched series, based on Netflix's own reporting of total hours viewed in the first 28 days of each titles' release. Again, if a new season releases its episodes in two volumes on different dates, Netflix counts the watch time of the first volume's episodes for their first 28 days, then it counts the watch time of the second volume's episodes for their first 28 days.

The Witcher TV series is not Game of Thrones. There are too many oversaturated scenes and folk tale monsters. It's not Lord of the Rings. There's too much pointless death with zero lessons learned. It's not quite the books or the games it pulls from, either, but somewhere suspended in between. The first season of The Witcher show is an original interpretation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy epic with a massive Netflix-sized budget, and it's not just a great adaptation, it's one of the best shows I've seen this year.

Have ye more coins to toss? We're all swimming in coinage waiting for The Witcher Season 3, but the sad truth is we won't be able to see more adventures of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the powerful sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), or the young princess Ciri (Freya Allan) until the end of the year at the earliest, if we're lucky. Now, you could watch the first two seasons over again, or even the animated spin-off prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin, but maybe it's time to watch another show that's like The Witcher.

If your favorite part of The Witcher is the bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) and his uber-catchy songs, ABC's short-lived musical comedy Galavant should be your next stop. The silly but underrated fantasy series, which ran for only two seasons, follows a hunky knight (Joshua Sasse) down on his luck as he seeks revenge against the evil king (Timothy Omundson, sporting a truly excellent beard) who ruined his life and got in the way of his happily ever after. Featuring original music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater that will get stuck in your head just like "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher," the show flips the script on fantasy, subverting tropes left and right even while existing firmly within the genre.

While binge-watching may not be how Lauren Schmidt Hissrich prefers to consume her own television, the option of binge-watching meant that she and the Witcher team could approach this series for Netflix differently than any platform that doesn't release full seasons at once. Other streaming services, such as Disney+ and Hulu, generally release new episodes weekly rather than en masse, like Netflix and Amazon, which is getting into the fantasy genre itself with a Lord of the Rings series.

Later that month, it was announced Kim Bodnia would be joining the show as well. The Killing Eve star plays Vesemir, a charming relic of the witcher Golden Age. He is the oldest and most experienced Witcher in the series, as well as a father figure to Geralt

The newest Yellowstone prequel, 1923, jumps ahead in the Dutton family history several decades when the young son of James and Margaret is all grown up. John Dutton Sr. is spending his middle-aged years as the ranch manager, alongside his uncle, Jacob Dutton (Ford). There are eight episodes in the first season, and while a second season has not been announced or confirmed, sources at Paramount+ have refrained from labeling it a limited series thus far.

Directed by Christopher Misiano with a story by Hissrich and Paula Yoo (teleplay by Aaron Sorkin), "Process Stories" was the eighth episode of the fourth season- originally airing in November 2002. Set after President Bartlet's landslide re-election victory, the episode saw a number of new plotlines develop- including the introduction of Christian Slater's Lt. Commander Jack Reese and the beginnings of Sam Seaborn's (Rob Lowe) long-term political goals. As fans of the series know, the season would end with one of the most harrowing cliffhangers the series has ever forced fans to have to suffer a season break for: the kidnapping of Zoey Bartlet (Elisabeth Moss)- with Bartlet relinquishing the presidency to conservative Republican Speaker of the House Glen Allen Walken (John Goodman), who became acting president.

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family. The story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.

In 2018, whilst working on the Witcher TV series for Netflix, executive producer and showrunner Lauren Hissrich tweeted an intriguing picture, suggesting that Netflix had commissioned a new map for the series. This map is only partially visible, but seems to have returned to the Komárek map and started again, ignoring the CD Projekt material (probably a necessity of them not having the licence or rights to use video game material in the TV series). It does seem to have repeated some of the omissions of the Komárek map, but also extends the map considerably far to the south and incorporated fresh mistakes by ignoring details from the books (such as Bremervoord being the western point of the continental mainland and the continent curving south-westwards rather than south-east). It does at least put Gemmera in the right place, however. 350c69d7ab


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