The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Animated Series Will Focus on Vesemir
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the animated series coming to Netflix, will be focusing on Geralt's father Vesemir as he begins his own witcher journey.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the animated series that was finally confirmed to be heading to Netflix, has its own Netflix page now. Interestingly enough, the official synopsis focuses on Vesemir: “Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.”
Vesemir was the oldest and most experienced witcher at Kaer Morhen in the 13th century and acted as a father figure to Geralt and the other witchers. He was one of the few members of the School of the Wolf to survive the assault on Kaer Morhen. Needless to say, he plays an incredibly important figure in the lore. It’s nice to see that he’ll have more focus through this series.
In charge of the animated series is the Witcher team Lauren S. Hissrich and Beau DeMayo. Animating the show itself is Studio Mir, behind Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The Witcher is one of the most popular releases of 2019 and has garnered plenty of attention from fans, even being on track to be Netflix’s biggest season one TV series ever. Following the show’s success, the book publisher has announced they’ll be reprinting 500,000 copies of the original novel to meet demand. Recently Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Geralt of Rivia, confirmed on his Instagram that season two will be in pre-production soon.
Recently showrunner Hissrich addressed some criticisms of The Witcher in an extensive and informative Twitter thread about the creative process and how certain decisions are made when adapting any sort of media.
She also announced a brand new podcast series, which gives fans a behind the scenes look at the production and crew responsible for making the show. Said podcast has made its debut through Netflix’s Behind-the-Scenes podcast series, with the first episode specifically gives us more insight into how the show approached bringing its the series’ iconic protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, to life on the small screen.
Henry Cavil, the actor who plays as main protagonist Geralt, loves The Witcher universe and strives to deliver the best possible performance. In a recent interview he explained that in terms of his involvement with the show, it was important for him to stay as “true to the lore as possible” for the role of Geralt and that “it was about bringing my love for the character to the show, as a fan.” He specifically had wanted the show to incorporate more of Geralt’s signs in order to highlight his abilities as a witcher and that “the audience must know he can do these things.”
The new Shot By Shot video from Netflix features Henry Cavill breaking down the brilliant Blaviken Fight from The Witcher, while another video finds Cavill explaining the Witcher’s swords.
It seems the series’s launch has had a positive affect on the games, as it caused a large resurgence in The Witcher 3′s player count — which hit over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam, more players than during its launch.
Be sure to check out our own review for the Netflix series The Witcher here.