Hissrich Discusses the Shades of Grey in ‘The Witcher’

Tomorrow at San Diego Comic Con, lucky fans will be watching one of the most anticipated panels this year: The Witcher. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich, Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), and Freya Allan (Ciri) will be in the panel and discussing the upcoming show.

Ahead of that, Entertainment Weekly sat down for an interview with Hissrich to discuss the creation of the show and adapting the books for Netflix. When asked about the various ways that the story has been created (books, a video game, and a Polish show), she says:

“We’re not adapting the video games, it’s a straight adaptation of the books. Which is great as the video games are also an adaptation of the books. They went one direction, we actually get to go another. We’re kind of holding close to our chest what we’re doing in the first season.”

That’s not to say that Hissrich won’t make it her own. There are many things that can be explored further that were not in the books, for instance- Yennefer and her past. There are also scenes that can be explored and told through film that enhance the storyline.

Hissrich understands that in the world of the Continent, there are no true definitions of good and bad. When elaborating on the shades of grey, she explains, “The characters you’re rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you’re rooting for in the end. And characters you hate and seem absolutely evil are motivated by something that’s really relatable and human and emotional.”

When asked when we will see a trailer, she holds her cards close. “I cannot say. Obviously, things are ramping up and I cannot wait for fans to see something so I hope it’s soon.”

You can read the entire interview here. Tomorrow TheWitcher.tv will be providing news and updates about the panel, and we will be at the round table interviews. So stay tuned! Let us know what you thought of Hissrich’s interview in the comments below or in our forum!

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