WITCHER author Andrzej Sapkowski was “wiping away tears” when he visited the Netflix adaptation’s set in Budapest, Hungary, according to showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich at MCM Comic Con in London.
Hissrich was appearing alongside Ciri actress Freya Allan on a panel at the convention when she was asked about the Polish author’s visit to the set.
Hissrich replied: “He was very excited. He was wiping tears away at some points. He was excited to see how dedicated we were. We’ve cut no corners to bring this to life.
“Sapkowski doesn’t want to see ingredients to the soup, he wants to taste the soup. He has access to the scripts and dailies but doesn’t want to see them.”
We knew from previous interviews that he had turned down the offer of writing a script, saying he was not a screenwriter, but that he liked Hissrich’s take on the books.
Sapkowski spoke briefly about his time on set at an event with the University of Lodz earlier this year.
The beloved cat dad said he was given a special chair on set, and that he thought Henry Cavill’s Geralt costume and characterization was cool.
Sapkowski is a consultant in the show. He’s described the role as being tasked with ensuring Ed Sheeran doesn’t appear – a reference to the singer’s cameo in Game of Thrones as a present to Arya actress Maisie Williams.
Executive producer Tomasz Baginski has said the author’s exact contribution to The Witcher on Netflix is “our little secret”, but that they meet several times a year.