‘The Witcher’ Showrunner Reflects On Season 1 and Teases Season 2
The Witcher season 1 is already released on Netflix. It’s a hit with many fantasy fans. Season 2 of The Witcher is not coming yet but showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has teased some details in a new interview.
Read on to find out what the showrunner thinks of the reaction to the first season and what will develop in season 2.
What did Lauren Schmidt Hissrich think of the reaction to ‘The Witcher’?
The Witcher site Redanian Intelligence interviewed showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.”This entire past month has been so surreal,” she says. Hissrich mentions “watching the earliest impressions of the show come in.” She “can hardly put it into words.” This speechlessness is “rare for [her].”
“One thing that hasn’t changed,” she says, “is [her] interactions with fans.” She “made a conscious decision” to be involved with the fan base from the beginning. Hissrich has “worked hard to maintain that level of honesty and trust [with fans] through all stages of production.” She feels “like it’s [her] responsibility to read accolades and critiques, to interact with joyous fans, and also fans who have concerns.”
She “always [wants] to keep upping [her and the writers’] game.” This way, “the show can continue resonating with audiences.” Hissrich is “very proud of what [the] team created on The Witcher.” However, “that doesn’t mean we can’t keep learning and improving, too.”
How does Lauren S. Hissrich feel about fans?
Hissrich considers herself a fan as well. She loves the source material of the books. According to her, discussions with fans “are easy discussions to have — fun and enlightening, too.” Hissrich finds fans “smart, positive, and civil.”
This makes sense given her previous comments on fan reactions. According to an interview with SciFiNow, reported by Redanian Intelligence, she ” [loves] interacting with fans.” “A lot of people see really rabid fan bases as enemies,” Hissrich notes. However, she “[thinks] that these are the people who love The Witcher.”
In an interview with Variety, she mentions that she “wanted to have a dialogue with the fans.” “What [she wants] people to know,” she says, “is that [she loves] this franchise.” Hissrich adds that “as long as [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.”
What has Hissrich teased for season 2 of ‘The Witcher’?
According to Hissrich, characters like Jaskier will continue to develop. “Jaskier starts to think about what he needs and wants in the world,” she says. “And in season two, we’ll see him begin to discover it.”
Ciri will also have a bigger role. Hissrich says “Ciri really takes center stage in season [2 of The Witcher.]” The showrunner adds that “There’s some comedy in how [Ciri and Geralt] come together and eventually bond.” For Hissrich, “the thing that resonated most with [her] is this struggle between humans and non-humans.”
There are many ways, according to the showrunner, that this relates to reality. Some examples are “racism, sexism, xenophobia, [and] class warfare.” However, “It’s also as simple as old playground feelings of not belonging, feeling on the outside, feeling ‘other.'” Everyone can relate to these feelings, Hissrich says.
So she and the writers will “be continuing to explore it a lot in season [2 of The Witcher.]