‘The Witcher’ Showrunner Loves Interacting With Fans — Here’s Why
Some of those behind the media that fans love consuming might see intensely passionate fans as enemies. After all, things can so easily turn out badly as in the case of Game of Thrones. However, The Witcher is not Game of Thrones. And the showrunner of The Witcher certainly doesn’t view passionate fans in a negative light.
The Witcher, which follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Cirilla, more commonly known as Ciri, of Cintra, recently premiered on Netflix. The show has a lot of hype surrounding it, and it is often being compared to Game of Thrones. Whether those comparisons are flattering or annoying depends on your opinions of Game of Thrones and indeed of The Witcher itself. Hardcore fans of the Witcher books and the show might argue that it should be appreciated for its own merits, not endlessly compared to another fantasy story.
And it is these fans, and all the others, that The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich loves interacting with.
What does ‘The Witcher’ showrunner think of fans?
According to an interview with SciFiNow, reported by Witcher site Redanian Intelligence, The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich says “audiences are really savvy now.” According to her, fans “really want good stories.” She goes on to say that “If the stories involve violence or blood or nudity or sex, great, but [she’s] not going to have it happening in the background just for fun.”
According to Hissrich, “as creators, we have a responsibility to our audience to make sure that we’re not just trying to shock them.” “We’re trying to make sure that they’re buying a good story,” she says. So it seems that the showrunner of The Witcher is dedicated to telling a good story and trying her best to please fans.
What does Lauren S. Hissrich say about interacting with fans?
It’s all good, don’t worry. The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, in an interview with Variety, says “to take source material that is so loved and has such a passionately excited fan base and then to bring it to a new medium is exciting.” She goes on to say that she “wanted to have a dialogue with the fans.” She “put [herself] on Twitter very, very early on and announced who [she] was, what [she] was doing, and was met with all sorts of reactions, good and bad.”
Despite some bad reactions, she “stuck around.” “What [she wants] people to know is that [she loves] this franchise.” According to Hissrich, “as long as they [(the fans)] know [she’s] trying to honor the same thing that they love because [she loves] it too, [she tells herself] we’ll be all good.”
Why does ‘The Witcher’ showrunner Hissrich love interacting with fans so much?
According to Hissrich, in the SciFi Now interview reported by Redanian Intelligence, she “[loves] interacting with fans.” The Witcher showrunner says that she “really wanted to access their enthusiasm and their excitement for [the show].” She adds that “A lot of people see really rabid fan bases as enemies and in fact, [she thinks] that these are the people who love The Witcher.”
“These are the people who [she] really [wants] to take their enthusiasm and grow their enthusiasm and learn from their enthusiasm,” Hissrich says. She is definitely enthusiastic about the show. She wants it to be successful and for fans to enjoy it as much as possible.
In her Variety interview, she acknowledges that “It doesn’t mean I’m going to do everything that fans want me to do, or do it the way they think it should be done.” But she clearly has a passion for the source material. And that is beautiful.