'The Witcher' Set to Be the Most-Watched First Season in Netflix History | 22 Words

It's safe to say that Netflix's The Witcher has taken the world by storm since it landed on the platform late last year. And of course, it didn't take long for fans to sink their teeth into the episodes - binging season 1 in a matter of days.

Now, the series has earnt yet another impressive accolade... although there is a slight problem. Keep scrolling to find out more.

 

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.

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The streaming giant's new series, The Witcher, has been whipping up a lot of attention from fantasy fans, with many saying it's similar to Game of Thrones. 

The show hit Netflix on December 20.

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And viewers have 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

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But 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."

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Complete with humans, elves, witches, gnomes, and monsters, Netflix's fantasy is a feast for the eyes.

The show chronicles the story of the intertwined destinies of 3 individuals.

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Though 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.

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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.

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For 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.

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The 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...

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There'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...

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The captivating performance from the series' leading star, Henry Cavill, has also been catching the eye of fans.

His role is pretty demanding.

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After 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.

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"Hair and makeup stuff has become an essential component of becoming the character in the morning," he confessed to Polygon

He continued:

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"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...

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The 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.
The Witcher producer, Lauren Schmidt, explained: "He wanted, for instance, for the armor to look like it had been worn for years and years. So, he made breakfast in it and he would sleep in it."

According to the team, Cavill was hugely "invested" in the character.

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"We were like 'you don't have to do that by the way', but he's that invested in embodying his character."
"It was important to him. It's one of the reasons why Henry is such an important member of our team."

And it seems Cavill got very attached to his costume...

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So much so, that he admitted he took it home with him when filming concluded.
"I took it all home, yeah. It's not so easy to put on. And it took two hours of hair and make-up every day, so that's just sitting at home looking cool," he told NME

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 is now rubbing shoulders with some of Netflix's highest-rated originals, such as You and Stranger Things. 

So much so...

That just a month after its release, the streaming giant has announced the show is on track to become the "biggest season one TV series ever." But there is a slight problem...

Why?

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Because the way Netflix measures the viewership of its shows has recently changed.

Previously, the company measured the success of shows by counting how many people watched at least seventy percent of the title.

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But, because its huge slate of content varies in length, the streaming giant recently changed things up.

Now, the streaming giant bases views on how many accounts/households selected the title...

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Netflix explained that its statistics include anyone who watched at least 2 minutes of content – even if they then turned off the program, Unilad reports.

So, how will this affect the results of their findings?

Well, Netflix has admitted that numbers will go up as a result of the new changes, making some shows seem more successful than those measured off the previous system. Either way, there's no doubt The Witcher has been a huge hit. If you're interested in another binge-worthy Netflix offering that viewers have been raving about, keep scrolling.