Henry Cavill explains how he pushed for a book-accurate Geralt in The Witcher Season 2


One of the biggest points of critique as well as the source of many jokes in Season 1 of The Witcher was grumpy Geralt that grunted and dropped the occasional F-bomb. That is also one of the main things that the series star Henry Cavill is bringing up when promoting Season 2. In a new interview with Philstar, Cavill elaborated a bit more on that.

He began by explaining the balance between what he wanted as a fan and what showrunner Lauren Hissrich wanted.

“The toughest part for me was finding that balance between the showrunners’ vision and my love for the books, and trying to bring that Geralt to the showrunners’ vision. It’s about treading a fine line there. It’s the showrunners’ story and so it’s an adaptation. The tricky bit for me was finding Geralt from the books’ place within that and being able to serve both as much as I could.”

Cavill then told what exactly he pushed for during the production of Season 2:

“The things that I pushed for, it was not necessarily just more dialogue. It was bringing a more book-accurate Geralt to the screen. Because as I’m sure you know in the books, Geralt is an amateur philosopher. He’s an intellectual. He’s wise and thoughtful. Yes, he’s at times morose, morbid and snarky. But it’s important for me to have the character be three-dimensional.

And it’s tricky to do, as I was saying earlier, because there’s a certain vision and there’s a certain set, storyline and plot. And so, it was about me trying to find Geralt’s place within that. All of my asks and requests were along the lines of just being faithful to the source material.”

The Witcher Season 2 drops on Netflix on December 17 with Season 3 starting production in early 2022.

9 comments on “Henry Cavill explains how he pushed for a book-accurate Geralt in The Witcher Season 2”

  1. Yes please, more intellectual Geralt!!! Also thank Gods for Henry Cavill, he’s really the Witcher and he gets this world like no one else in the team.

  2. I wouldn’t agree that Geralt in the books is an intellectual. On the contrary, he is always looking for a very direct moral guideline and hates contrived hypocritical, intellectual justifications of atrocities of which there are plenty in his world. But surely, he very much reflects on what is the right thing to do and what the consequences are. I think however that it just doesn’t matter in the show. Based on all we know, the story line will deviate considerably from the books. Important story building elements have already been cut out in season 1. Potentially even the characters will turn out to behave much differently from their book counterparts. They already look much different, even beyond aspects of origin. So why worry about this issue. I guess the main improvements over the first season would very likely be set design, costumes and music. Other than that I fear the worst, hope for the best and take it as it comes.

  3. We love and appreciate your dedication for AS world. You are the man, muscles, intellect and devotion to your craft and to the fans. Keep on doing this great work.
    Without you this whole ship sinks

  4. I suspect this is a way of HC telling TW fans like “I’m sorry folks, I know you wanted Geralt to be more like book Geralt in S2, and I did all I could to have it that way, but LSH had completely different ideas, and she is the boss, so you get what is in her book, just to say again, I’m sorry…”

  5. Bravo Henry! I’m so happy he’s our Witcher. He really embobies the character and he constantly tries for the best representation of book Geralt. And according to people who works with, he is one of the nicest guys around, laughing with the crew and getting to know everyone. What else can we ask? (Perhaps Lauren and Co to listen to him).

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