The Witcher is arguably one of the most successful web series that was made by the streaming giant Netflix. During the first season, not only was the viewership up by astronomical numbers but so was the praise of critics and audiences alike. The title, previously made popular by CD Projekt Red with their video game of the same name, was brought to the live-action stage by Netflix in the most exciting way possible.
At first, people were skeptical of the news that Netflix was going to bring yet another live-action adaptation of a story that not many asked for, and ruin it like the rest. But, they were quick to flip opinions when they heard that Henry Cavill would be playing the lead as Geralt Of Rivia. The fanbase of the Man Of Steel star was enough to drive a large chunk of viewers to the OTT Platform. But with the recent development in the series, the fear of the fans has just come true.
The Witcher Showrunner Pleads Fans To Keep Watching The Show
One of the biggest factors for the success of The Witcher series has to be the loyal fanbase of Henry Cavill. The Superman actor is known to be benevolent and kind, along with being gifted with absurdly good looks, which he uses to charm the audience with his equally stunning performances in many Hollywood flicks. Thus, it was a no-brainer for the audience to start watching the show.
But with the recent announcement by Netflix officials and Cavill himself, fans were left with the heartbreaking news of the star’s departure from the series, being replaced with Independence Day: Resurgence star Liam Hemsworth. This was a shocking revelation, as none of the fans had any idea or even a bit of suspicion that another star would replace Cavill. This led to many fans revolting against the company’s decision to change an actor that had become the face of Geralt of Rivia, with many quitting watching the show any further. The creator of the series Lauren Hissrich has been observing the reaction carefully, and in return, has given the fans a response. She said:
“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 [de Barra, Blood Origin’s showrunner], the cast, and the crew. This is their time in the spotlight.”
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Why The Outrage?
All of it comes down to one man, Henry Cavill. His unique talent makes any character he chooses to play on-screen inseparable from him. Be it Superman or Geralt of Rivia. So it’s an obvious fact that when he decided to leave the show, many from the audience followed suit. Even being in Liam Hemsworth’s capable hands, people prefer the touch of the original Geralt of Rivia.
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The Witcher is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix.