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Against Henry Cavill’s Wishes, The Witcher Writers Started Force-Feeding Personal Life Experiences into the Show at the Expense of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Original Story

Against Henry Cavill's Wishes, The Witcher Writers Started Force-Feeding Personal Life Experiences into the Show at the Expense of Andrzej Sapkowski's Original Story

Henry Cavill’s departure from Netflix’s The Witcher rocked the fans. However, gradually, fans started to speculate the reason behind Cavill’s exit. Many theorized that he left because he wanted the show to closely follow the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. However, showrunner Lauren Hissrich and her writers’ room were seemingly only interested in presenting their version of Geralt’s story. Fans have also accused the writers of trying to shoehorn in their personal experiences in the show.

The Witcher Writers Put Personal Events In The Show

Lauren Hissrich
Lauren Hissrich

Youtuber LegacyKillaHD expressed his frustration with The Witcher writers not following Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and instead veering off track to do what they want with the show. The host said:

“They (fans) wanted Sapkowski’s writing to be brought to the screen… that’s all Cavill wanted, that’s why he even bought into this show, that’s what he was promised, that’s what we were all promised by Lauren Hissrich the showrunner, we weren’t looking for their personal opinions or writing, we wanted to see a faithful adaptation of the books.”

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Henry Cavill and Lauren Hissrich
Henry Cavill and Lauren Hissrich

The narrator gave an example of a tweet made by a writer of The Witcher who goes by the username @drmattdambrosio. He confessed that he put his personal trauma into the story. The  tweet has since been deleted but the writer said:

“If there’s one thing I’m def gonna do it’s put all my queer trauma into every single thing I write.” 

Here’s a screenshot of the tweet:

The Witcher writer @drmattdambrosio's tweet
The Witcher writer @drmattdambrosio’s tweet

Apart from this, fans have also noted the myriad differences between the books and season 2 of the show, with some alleging that everything apart from the names of the characters was changed. Such instances have frustrated fans of the Netflix show, and they want the writers’ room to be changed and Henry Cavill to be brought back in. But is that possible?

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Will Netflix Change The Writers Of The Witcher

Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill in The Witcher

Lauren Hissrich responded to fan criticism on Instagram and said that she or her writers have never mocked the books by Sapkowski. She said:

“I’ve never mocked the books. The books are my entire livelihood. I have a great relationship with Mr. Sapkowski and writer’s rooms are sacred and safe and – more than anything – supportive spaces. Don’t believe everything you read.”

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But fans aren’t convinced and they want her and her writers to leave the show amidst rumors of the upcoming season 3 disrespecting the books like the previous one. However, there has been no response from Netflix regarding this controversy and as such it doesn’t look like the streaming giant is taking any action at the moment even though The Witcher is one of the biggest IPs currently with the platform.

Fans speculate that Netflix will only notice if season 3’s viewership drops and season 4, starring Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia performs poorly as per their metrics as well. As such, it remains to be seen how audiences react to season 3 of the show.

The Witcher season 3 will release in the summer of 2023.

Source: LegacyKillaHD and Twitter

Written by Ishita Chatterjee

A literature graduate who loves sharing her views on everything pop-culture and entertainment. Ishita especially loves dreaming about superheroes and comic books when she isn't day dreaming about them everyday either way.