Netflix’s newest fantasy series The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, has quickly become one of the streaming giant’s most popular shows. As you probably know, the series is based on an existing and rather successful franchise. Though The Witcher is known for an acclaimed trilogy of video games, those games were actually based on a series of novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series (spanning two short story collections, five novels and a prequel) have been written for decades and, unlike Game of Thrones, they have a natural conclusion.
In a new interview held by Steve Varley which is available on YouTube, The Witcher‘s showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich was asked about the show’s conclusion. In light of the negative response for the final season of Game of Thrones, do you ever worry about screwing up the show’s conclusion? Do you have a long game plan? This was her response.
“You know, of course [these thoughts] come to your head because we all constantly, as writers, you are [in your brain] so often anyway and you’re always thinking ‘Oh God, what if I mess something up’. The truth is, though, that our plan is pretty solid. Not that that means that we know everything that we’re going to do over the next two, or three, or seven, or twenty years.
“What I mean is that we have the books. I don’t feel the need to go beyond the existing books. They are great source material, Andrzej Sapkowski has written all of them, there is a natural ending to them and I feel like as long as we stick that landing, which is the ending of the books, then we’ll be good.”
Sapkowski’s saga concludes with the novel Lady of the Lake, and the ending is both spectacular, emotional, and ambiguous. Fans of the books should be relieved to hear that Hissrich and her team intend to do it justice.
If you’ve finished the show’s first season and don’t think you can wait for season two (which is slated to drop sometime in 2021), make sure to run to your nearest bookstore and grab The Last Wish (the series first novel). But make sure to do it quickly, as the books are selling out worldwide.