Ever since Henry Cavill announced his imminent departure from The Witcher, fans almost immediately lost their temper and threatened to discontinue watching the fantasy/adventure series, as a result of which the show’s views would most definitely get dwindled.
However, while the fans’ chagrin and complaints about what might look like a sudden change of plans are justified, their lack of encouragement would not only cause a major dent in The Witcher’s reputation but would also prove to be damaging for its spin-off series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, the release of which, as it happens, is right around the corner.
So, in light of the current situation, the creator of The Witcher has urged the audience to have some faith in the show instead of pulling their support so drastically.
The Witcher Fans Signed A Petition to Bring Henry Cavill Back
When Henry Cavill revealed that he would be discontinuing his journey as the formidable monster-hunter in The Witcher, with The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth taking over the role from season 4 onwards, the audience outright refused to accept this change, claiming that they would rather stop watching the show then see someone else play the lead role.
While rumors claimed Cavill was walking away from the show to focus more on his career in DC, it is believed that the main reason behind him quitting is that the writers on board weren’t willing to stick to the books that inspired the show. And as everyone knows, the English actor is all about “staying loyal” to the original material, something he himself stated was a dealbreaker.
So, a petition was formed that demanded the showrunners and Netflix to convince the Dawn of Justice star to not leave the show and replace the writing crew instead, with more than 275k signatures acquired so far.
But now that things seem to have gotten way out of hand, the creator of the series has come forward to persuade the audience to keep watching The Witcher despite Cavill’s absence from the fourth season.
The Witcher‘s Creator Requests Fans to Continue Supporting the Show
Talking to TechRadar about the upcoming prequel miniseries, The Witcher: Blood Origin, the main show’s creator Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich finally addressed the subject of Henry Cavill’s exit from The Witcher.
While Hissrich “fully understands” the indignance of fans over what seems to be the gratuitous recasting of Geralt of Rivia, she insists people do not turn their backs on the show, pointing out the negative effects it would have on both The Witcher as well as Blood Origin.
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“It’s a big deal for us, too. And that’s the thing – there’s a lot of talk and rumors about and we fully understand why fans are going there. What I will say is please come back for The Witcher season three so that we can continue to do this. Obviously, that [Cavill’s departure] is huge news. But what I don’t want to do is – this has to stay about Blood Origin, Declan, the cast, and the crew. This is their time in the spotlight.”
With Blood Origin just a couple of weeks away from its release, it is indeed important for the show to garner as much support as it can from the fanbase because the lack of it could certainly prove to be fatal for the show’s overall success.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will air on December 25, 2022, on Netflix.