What was set to become an intensely emotional journey for both Henry Cavill and his fans took an unexpected detour into the courtroom once again. Just when Cavill as Geralt of Rivia took center stage for the last time before Liam Hemsworth stepped in, an unforeseen calamity of an even bigger magnitude emerged, casting a shadow larger than anyone could have anticipated. In the mid of August, Netflix dropped a bomb called, Depp v. Heard.
Even though the concluding episode of the latest The Witcher season graced screens in late July, it found itself riding on a tide of mixed reviews and a massive viewership. However, just before its momentum could be fully appreciated, the high-profile docuseries about the legal battle between Depp and Heard appeared out of nowhere, creating an even bigger splash and ruining Cavill’s farewell party.
Henry Cavill Bids The Witcher Goodbye!
When Henry Cavill made the announcement last October of his departure from The Witcher, it was a pretty huge deal. Passing the torch to Liam Hemsworth to carry on the role of Geralt, the actor’s decision left fans eagerly anticipating what the show had in store for them during the ensuing months. Consequently, as the moment arrived for Cavill to make his final appearance in the series, audiences naturally flocked around their screens in anticipation.
Being one of Netflix’s top hits, the show owed much of its massive triumph to Henry Cavill. However, his exit led to the third season attracting an impressive audience of around 7.8 million viewers, landing it on the Top 10 TV list in the English category. Thus, it would be fair to say that the journey seemed to be going remarkably well until Johnny Depp and Amber Heard entered the scene.
Depp v. Heard Is Ruling the Internet Once Again!
After taking the world by storm, the duo is back to do it all over again. This time in a documentary form, as Netflix, almost a year after the monumental court case dropped Depp v. Heard detailing and recapping every single detail in the case that fascinated millions over the internet. And it is already a hit, to say the least, overshadowing The Witcher’s last episode of its latest season, the three-part documentary series is swiftly moving toward being the next big thing on Netflix.
Gathering 1.1 million US viewers within its first five days, the show’s future success appears promising. This upward trajectory has led to its current position as the leading show in the USA. In contrast, although The Witcher amassed a global viewership of 7.8 million, it managed to secure only around 597,000 viewers from within the USA. In Netflix’s You Can’t Make This Up podcast, Emily Coopper said,
“I found it really compelling that we could all watch the same thing and have completely different responses and opinions to the evidence that was being put forward. There are many ways of looking at truth in a society.”
As time unfolds, the documentary series is set to attract an increasing number of viewers, captivating the online sphere with its inherently controversial essence. Its capacity to spark debates and discussions is likely to contribute to a storm of attention as it gains momentum. Nevertheless, amidst the clash between The Witcher and the Depp v. Heard saga, Netflix undoubtedly stands as the ultimate winner in this unfolding scenario.
Both The Witcher and Depp v. Heard are now streaming on Netflix.
Source: The Direct