‘The Witcher’ Fans Might Be Disappointed By A Major Change in the Show

Adaptations of books into movies or TV shows are always difficult. Add to that the hype that surrounds The Witcher, and you’ve got one hard show to make. Though we’re sure that the team behind the show is up to the task, some fans might doubt it. Especially because of all the changes the show is making.

There is one major change, in particular, that might cause alarm for some fans. What is this change and what might it mean for the show? Find out, ahead.

What is Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ changing?

The Witcher cast (Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, Freya Allan) at San Diego Comic Con
Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, and Freya Allan at The Witcher panel at Comic-Con 2019 | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

According to the visual effects supervisor Julian Parry, the show might be changing the genre of the story entirely. Parry states that the show is “definitely taking the fantasy out” and that it “leans more towards horror.” This may come as a shock to many fans, especially those who are fans of the fantasy genre in general. However, we wouldn’t worry yet.

More on that later. It’s interesting that the show is “taking the fantasy out” of what appears to be, at least from the trailers we’ve seen so far, a fantasy show. Though the horror aspect could be good, it wouldn’t justify eliminating fantasy, at least not for many fans.

What could this change mean for the show?

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It may be that Parry doesn’t mean the genre is changing completely. It’s also possible that the show is going for fantasy with a horror edge. Perhaps the show will be something like Penny Dreadful, where there are fantasy elements but the show is more like horror. That may seem like a strange choice for The Witcher, but it could work out.

Though it also might not work for some fans. Only time will truly tell. The show seems to look good and many fans are excited. Yet will this knowledge hinder that excitement?

Hopefully not. It is definitely possible that this change might be a good one, especially since it might not be as extreme as it seems. That may be hard to believe at the moment, but more of Parry’s words might help to further explain this point.

Why might this change be a good one for ‘The Witcher’?

Parry’s words may help to further explain how this change could be a good thing for The Witcher. According to the visual effects supervisor, the show is “not fantastical.” While that may not be the usual for a fantasy show, it does make some kind of sense for the story. Parry goes on to state that the show is “fantastical but in a grounded horror sense.”

This seems to support the idea that the show will be more fantasy with a horror edge to it. And that sounds intriguing. The books, while they are definitely fantasy, are also “grounded” and somewhat realistic. So the show will probably be closer to something like Game of Thrones or Penny Dreadful rather than something like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.

So it seems the show will be fantasy after all, just with a bit of an edge to it. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The show will probably be more realistic that way and realism can be good. So fans can relax and keep looking forward to The Witcher.