As part of an exclusive special edition, Nowa Fantastyka interviewed The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Hissrich, as well as lead actresses Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri). Here are a few highlights from the interview.
Marcin Zwierzchowski: How is the relation of Geralt and Ciri in the show? In books, they meet when Ciri is very young, so it’s easy to imagine a father-daughter relationship. But Freya is much older.
Freya Allan: “I think we didn’t get a lot of opportunities to get into this relationship yet. Personally I see it as a relationship with an older brother. That’s how I imagine it. He’s by her, supports her, but they don’t always get along. That’s also a little bit how I see myself and Henry.”
MZ: Compared to Henry Cavill, who had a lot of content that he could use, how did it go with Yennefer, about who’s past we know very little? Did that bother you or was it freeing?
Anya Chalotra: “More information certainly wouldn’t limit me, but rather give me some guidance on where Yennefer’s storyline would go in the show. At the same time, not being able to draw from the books allowed me to play with the role a bit. Creating Yennefer’s backstory was liberating. Ultimately, we know from the books who Yennefer becomes, where her past leads to, so I had a structure that I used as a base, I knew the next steps of her journey.”
MZ: How does the magic work in the show?
Lauren Hissrich: “I didn’t want the magic in ‘Witcher’ to be the way to solve all problems. If the heroes could easily change anything, make anything they want and run away from troubles, there would be no risk, there would be no tension. So we have a rule – a very witcher one in spirit – using magic has a price, every time you sacrifice something. The characters need to make a choice and sometimes they decide to use magic and sometimes they’re forced to come up with a different solution. “
MZ: Favourite character?
AC: “Yennefer! Which is, by the way, a very Yennefer answer.
FA: “Jaskier! I love his relationship with Geralt, it’s something that I can’t wait to see in the show. They’re like Shrek and Donkey.”
Read our translation of Nowa Fantastyka’s interview with Lauren Hissrich and Tomek Baginski where they talk about Henry Cavill’s contribution to the show.