Netflix constantly manages to blow us away with its tantalizing original releases, and it seems its latest offering is no exception.
The streaming giant's brand new show, The Witcher, has been turning the heads of fantasy fanatics, with some daring to say it's even better than Game of Thrones (we know... very bold statement).
And now the series showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, has revealed some shocking new details about its future...
Netflix is truly pulling it out of the bag at the moment.Whether it's renewing its much-loved shows or treating us to all-new original spectacles, the streaming giant is knocking it out of the park when it comes to its recent slate of content.
But people can't stop talking about Netflix's latest fantasy offering.
via: imdbThe streaming giant's new series, The Witcher, has been whipping up a lot of attention from fantasy fans.
The show hit Netflix on December 20.
via: imdbAnd viewers have already been falling over themselves to give their verdicts on the action-packed fantasy drama.
Many have been comparing it to the likes of Game of Thrones
via: imdbBut The Witcher is proving to be a huge frontrunner in the genre, and it's not hard to see why.
The all-new fantasy epic is set in the vast world of "The Continent."
via: imdbComplete with humans, elves, witches, gnomes, and monsters, Netflix's fantasy offering truly looks to be a visual spectacle. And there's one specific aspect of the show that fans are saying completely trumps Game of Thrones. Keep scrolling to find out.
The show chronicles the story of the intertwined destinies of 3 individuals.
via: imdbThough the show primarily centers on protagonist Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as, you guessed it, a Witcher who travels the countryside slaying various spine-chilling beasts.
Just like Game of Thrones, The Witcher is also based on a bestselling novella.
The fantasy epic is based on the popular medieval book series by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski.
Though there are some differences in Netflix's adaption that slightly stray from the books.
via: imdbFor the show, the story will also look at Princess Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg's arcs.
It didn't take long for the critics to jump on board.
via: imdbThe medieval extravaganza has already been lavished with praise by critics who had the chance to view the show early before its global debut.
But there's one thing that people are saying makes it way better than Game of Thrones...
via: imdbThere's no denying that Game of Thrones reigns supreme in the fantasy genre, but it looks like The Witcher may be giving it a run for its money, with viewers saying the battle scenes are putting GOT to shame.
Some are going as far as to say the fight scenes are making similar scenes in Game of Thrones look "awful.""The fight scenes in The Witcher make Game Of Thrones fight scenes look like 2 drunks fighting outside a bar," wrote one user. "The fight choreography is insane. First fight Geralt gets into is beautifully savage. The blend of swordplay and Geralt's signs is perfection," gushed another.
And it's not just the show's fight scenes that have been heaped with praise...
via: imdbThe captivating performance from the series' leading star, Henry Cavill, has also been catching the eye of fans.
His role is pretty demanding.
via: imdbAfter all, executing those massive fight scenes in that huge amour costume must have been pretty physically challenging.
Cavill revealed that the hair and makeup are crucial for helping him get into character.
via: Getty Images
via: Getty Images"One, because it takes so damn long, and two, it's such a particular look. I wanted to make sure Geralt looked like a witcher who was a badass and still remained raw."
The star went to extreme lengths during filming...
via: imdbThe actor, who wore a weathered suit of armor and a long silver wig during filming, is said to have taken it all so seriously that he even "made breakfast" and slept in it. Yep, really.
According to the team, Cavill was hugely "invested" in the character.
And it seems Cavill got very attached to his costume...
via: imdbSo much so, that he admitted he took it home with him when filming concluded.
The show's costume designer also revealed some more shocking details from behind the scenes.Tim Aslam, told Polygon that during filming Cavill's "muscles wore down the leather at such an alarming rate" that replacements were "near-constantly" being made to ensure he was camera-ready. Well, we suppose that's a nice problem to have on all accounts.
Amidst all the praise, the show recently earnt an impressive title.The fantasy epic has already risen in the ranks - rubbing shoulders with the likes 0f Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders.
So much so...That at the time of writing, the show has become Netflix’s joint-highest rated original series on IMDb, with a very respectable rating of 8.6 - higher than fan favorites like Orange is the New Black and Mindhunter.
It's safe to say the show has gone down a treat.And it looks like there could be a lot more material in the canon.
The series' showrunner recently revealed some details about the show's future.
via: imdbLauren Hissrich, who has previously worked with Netflix on Daredevil and The Umbrella Academy assured fans that The Witcher is far from over. “The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to," she told SFX Magazine.
And when she was asked about a second season, her answer was shocking...
via: imdb"Second season? I’ve done it for seven seasons! "Right now it’s just about, 'How do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?'"