The television landscape is dark and full of terrors.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a solid SIX MONTHS since fantasy fans have been able to gaze longingly at the land of Westeros from the comfort of their living rooms. The end of HBO’s Game of Thrones heralded the end of an era, and has begged the question since May: What (if anything) can take its place?
Netflix just might have the answer with one of its newest original series.
We’re but a month away from one of the most highly-anticipated content drops this year: The Witcher. Based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher will be diving its audience deep into another immersive, fantastically horror-filled world.
According to the synopsis blurb currently on Netflix, the show follows the journey of “The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter,” as he “struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts. “
In short, Geralt is a for-hire monster slayer, who survives life on the Path by relying equally upon his superhuman fighting skillset as well as his sense of morality. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. American audiences, after all, are probably most familiar with the video-game adaptation of Sapkowski’s world. (The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, released back in 2015, has sold more than 20 million copies to date, claimed a ton of gaming industry awards, and carries a rather cultish fan following to the present day.)
Henry Cavill (Superman) is stepping into Geralt’s monster-slaying boots and donning the iconic Witcher medallion as a long-time fan of the franchise. He’s publicly stated that he’s played the games multiple times through, as well as read the books, so when the chance to play Geralt presented itself, Henry was the very first to audition for the part.
Cavill will be joined by relative newcomers, including Freya Allan as Ciri, and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt’s sorceress flame.
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders) isn’t looking to just rehash the same ol’ Geralt & Friends that you’ve already seen, though. The series has already been green-lit for a second season before the first has even had a chance to air, which isn’t a huge surprise. Ever since the streaming service announced that they were taking on a live-action adaptation of Sapkowski ‘s beloved novels over two years ago, fans have been chomping at the bit to see Geralt of Rivia brought to life once again.
Judging from the official trailer that dropped during a panel at Lucca Comics and Games this past Halloween, it seems safe to say they’ll get their wish. Hissrich and her dedicated team are fans of the world Sapkowski created, with its monstrous inhabitants (both beast and man) and are attempting to bring these stories to life in darker, dreamier ways.
The trailer features sprawling, stunningly beautiful sets, plenty of dazzling swordplay (what would a Witcher be without his trusty swords, after all?) and of course -the part that our team here at elope is especially jazzed about- some pretty jaw-dropping costume designs.
You don’t need to be a sorceress to be able to see into the future of upcoming ConSeason: The Witcher cosplay is going to be BIG.
The aesthetics that fans of The Witcher franchise have come to love are all here and ripe for the costuming. We’ve got dark, we’ve got brooding, and most importantly, we’ve got some serious fur (for all those worried that they’d never be able to repurpose pieces from their Game of Thrones costumes.) From Geralt’s studded armor to Yennefer’s magical black-and-white motifs, the costume designers have captured the essence of characters that gaming fans are familiar with into recognizable designs with a fresh feel. Our medallions are humming already.
You can start streaming Geralt and Ciri’s adventures across The Continent on Netflix beginning December 20th. If these sneak peeks don’t have you planning a Witcher costume #WatchParty yet, we’re not sure what will.
Need some additional inspiration? Our elope #GetTheLook team has you covered!
Get the Look: The Witcher
Much like the Westeros we knew and loved, the world of The Witcher includes a vast array of colorfully costumed characters to choose from. Impeccably dressed royalty, scheming sorcerers, elven mages, and sultry sorceresses who are known for their daring fashion choices.
Battle-worn knights, fierce warriors from the Skellige isles, and path weary Witchers. The people of this land are war-torn and desperate. This world is a perfect breeding ground for bold characters who aren’t likely to back down from a fight.
Oh, let’s not forget the monsters. A Witcher’s job is to protect the public from a wide array of terrifying fiends, after all. Fans of the game will be familiar with the pantheon of predators Geralt is regularly commissioned to deal with (werewolves, vampires, strigas, kikimores, wraiths, and the occasional succubus, among others.) While it remains to be seen which creatures we’ll watch Geralt get up close and personal with during the Netflix series, these looks should start your costuming wheels turning…