While Netflix’s The Witcher was adapted from the book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who shared his opinions on Henry Cavill’s turn as Geralt of Rivia, the series also looked elsewhere for inspiration. Surprisingly, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed how much the new series was influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
As many have sat down to binge the show, the primary critique that continues coming up is The Witcher’s confusing timeline. The timeline is so massive, but Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains how the non-chronological storytelling in Dunkirk helped her sort through the specifics of The Witcher’s own timeline. Here’s what the showrunner said:
Christopher Nolan’s film is told in a non-linear fashion, which is why it was hard to follow and the same can be said for The Witcher, which never informs its audience where in the timeline the characters are. However, while The Witcher’s timeline of events is head-scratching, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich continued, explaining to TV Guide that there’s a method to the madness.
With the timeline mapped out, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich could very well fulfill her proposal and have The Witcher go for seven, or even 20, seasons. She isn’t at all concerned with some of the bad reviews the show has gotten either, so long as the fans are happy. Good thing Netflix has already renewed the show for Season 2!
The Witcher, which narrowly avoided its own Game of Thrones coffee cup incident, is now streaming on Netflix. For more on what to watch, be sure to check out our midseason schedule to see when your favorite shows are back in the winter and spring of 2020.
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