It’s been a couple months since we’ve heard any news on The Witcher, Netflix’s new fantasy series based on the games based on the Polish books. But showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has broken the silence. The writer recently took to Twitter to provide a few details on the show. The biggest news? The first season will consist of eight episodes. Hissrich anticipated disappointment from some fans but justified the reason. “The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season,” she explained. Since the books and games are quite lengthy, it does seem surprising that the show would be relatively short. But it’s important to remember that television is a different medium, and there’s always the opportunity for more seasons.
Other details Hissrich revealed consist of a possible release window and a definite filming location. When will The Witcher debut? According to Hissrich, “2020. Who knows?!” So possibly in two years. Hissrich also justified this, explaining that “quality comes before speed” and that it will debut when ready.
As for where they’re filming it? LA? Vancouver? New Zealand?? Nope. Eastern Europe of course! No word on exactly which countries, but since the franchise has such heavy ties to Poland there’s a decent chance that’s one of them. Hissrich also mentioned that she’ll have more writers joining her, and posted another thread teasing the characters the show will feature. She names quite a few, including Yennefer, Ciri, Cahir, and even trusty steed Roach.