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.