The Witcher showrunner promises the Netflix series will maintain its adult themes

Shawn Knight

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Anytime an adult-themed franchise gets made into a television or movie series, there’s fear of the showrunner toning things down in hopes of appealing to a wider audience. Fortunately for fans of The Witcher series, that won’t be of concern.

Lauren S. Hissrich, showrunner for Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, recently revealed on Twitter that she’d watched a cut over the weekend. “This show is not for 5-year-olds. Like, really not.”


It was announced last September that actor Henry Cavill would play the role of Geralt of Rivia. Cavill is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Superman in multiple films in the DC Extended Universe.

Earlier in the year, Hissrich said the first season would consist of eight episodes. A release window of 2020 was floated but nothing concrete was committed to. Hissrich additionally revealed that shooting would take place somewhere in Eastern Europe, a seemingly perfect setting for the series’ fantasy world.

The Witcher is just one of Netflix’s many original series currently in production. The streaming giant invests billions of dollars into the production of original content each year as it competes with rivals Amazon and Hulu for subscriber dollars.

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dirtyferret

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Out of curiosity, it's been a while since Amazon's announcement of purchasing the right o the Tolkien's work but no news since.
 

ShagnWagn

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"We promise we will force adultery on you." No thanks, I will be avoiding this. The video game also forces adultery on us. There is no way to play the storyline without blatant nudity. It's my fault that I did not look at the ratings and thinking I could. Thank goodness no kids were watching when the scene unexpectedly came up.
 
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Hexic

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"We promise we will force adultery on you." No thanks, I will be avoiding this. The video game also forces adultery on us. There is no way to play the storyline without blatant nudity. It's my fault that I did not look at the ratings and thinking I could. Thank goodness no kids were watching when the scene unexpectedly came up.
With the "M" rating citing nudity, graphic violence, and sexual encounters - it's fairly apparent what's to come with a rating like that.
 
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Prosercunus

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"We promise we will force adultery on you." No thanks, I will be avoiding this. The video game also forces adultery on us. There is no way to play the storyline without blatant nudity. It's my fault that I did not look at the ratings and thinking I could. Thank goodness no kids were watching when the scene unexpectedly came up.
If only they created a rating system to solve this problem.
 
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ShagnWagn

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With the "M" rating citing nudity, graphic violence, and sexual encounters - it's fairly apparent what's to come with a rating like that.
Obviously. Thanks for reinforcing what I said that it's my fault for not looking at the ratings. This is the first game I've seen that it's forced on us. There is no way to play the game otherwise.
 

Axiarus

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With the "M" rating citing nudity, graphic violence, and sexual encounters - it's fairly apparent what's to come with a rating like that.
Obviously. Thanks for reinforcing what I said that it's my fault for not looking at the ratings. This is the first game I've seen that it's forced on us. There is no way to play the game otherwise.
God of War? Dante's Inferno? MGS2?
 
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Bubbajim

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"We promise we will force adultery on you." No thanks, I will be avoiding this. The video game also forces adultery on us. There is no way to play the storyline without blatant nudity. It's my fault that I did not look at the ratings and thinking I could. Thank goodness no kids were watching when the scene unexpectedly came up.
May I ask what it is about fictitious adultery, or computer-generated nudity, that bothers you so much? Do you stop reading books that contain moral ambiguity or sex? Please don't take this to be snarky, I'm genuinely curious.
 
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fadingfool

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I must be playing it wrong as I've been able to stay true to one character and pretty sure all the nude scenes are skippable.
 

Hexic

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You can't have something forced upon you if the rating system shows it contains that material.

That's like deploying to a FOB somewhere and then being shocked that you have hajis shooting at you. It's kind of an expectation, not a surprise.
 

ShagnWagn

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May I ask what it is about fictitious adultery, or computer-generated nudity, that bothers you so much? Do you stop reading books that contain moral ambiguity or sex? Please don't take this to be snarky, I'm genuinely curious.
Thank you for asking politely. :)

Adultery is adultery, whether it real or imagined. Whether it be thought, word, or deed. They bring about sexual desires. I wouldn't expect most to understand this as we are in a lost world where sin is loved.

To think of it another way, what if your wife were to see you looking at pornography or something that simulates you desiring another woman? Or a husband knowing the same about his wife? Even if it were a book making her think sexual desires for another man?

We know it is wrong as we wouldn't want our parents seeing us watch pornography. Most serious of course is how God sees it, not just our spouse or whatever. You cannot lock yourself in a room from Him. This is one of His laws that we (especially me) have broken, and is another reason to be cast into hell.

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ShagnWagn

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THIS coming from a guy named "ShagnWagn"
Haha, good one. But, who says I'm a guy? Yes, I made this nick back when I was a teenager from a movie. I'm just so used to see the name and not the meaning. Thanks for bringing that up. I will have to change it. A big shout out to you! Thanks!!