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Best TV Shows Inspired by Video Games: The Witcher

Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy series is one of the latest of its kind to get the Netflix treatment. Although in reality, the show is probably inspired in equal parts by the books and CD Projekt Red’s acclaimed video game adaptations. Surely, fans of either can find plenty to love in this streaming series from showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who also served as a producer on Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Defenders, and The Umbrellas Academy, among other shows.

The Witcher follows the saga of the title hero, Geralt of Rivia. Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter with (or possibly cursed) supernatural abilities. The show features the witch Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), whose fates are intertwined with Geralt’s. Also cast in the series are Eamon Farren as the Dark Knight and Joey Batey as Geralt’s friend and traveling bard, Dandelion. Anna Shaffer plays the witch Triss Merigold, Kim Bodnia plays Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, and MyAnna Buring is Tissaia de Vries.

Seasons 1 and 2 of The Witcher are currently available on Netflix and include eight episodes each. Filming for Season 3 began in April 2022 and completed early September, and is currently in post-production as of this writing. A prequel miniseries titled The Witcher: Origin of Blood.

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Season 1

Episode 1: The Beginning of the End

Hostile locals and a cunning mage welcome Geralt to the town of Blaviken. Ciri finds her royal world turned upside down when Nilfgaard sets her sights on Cintra.

Episode 2: “Four Marks”

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Intimidated and neglected, Yennefer accidentally finds a way to escape. Geralt’s hunt for a so-called devil goes to hell. Ciri seeks security in numbers.

Episode 3: Traitor Moon

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Geralt takes on the unfinished business of another Witcher in a kingdom being hunted by a ferocious beast. At a brutal price, Yennefer forges a magical new future.

Episode 4: Banquets, Bastards and Funerals

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Against his better judgment, Geralt accompanies Dandelion to a royal ball. Ciri wanders through an enchanted forest. Yennefer tries to protect her proteges.

Episode 5: Bottled Appetites

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Heedless of the warnings, Yennefer searches for a cure to restore what she has lost. Geralt inadvertently puts Dandelion in danger. The search for Ciri intensifies.

Episode 6: Rare Species

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A mysterious man tries to trick Geralt into joining a rampaging dragon hunt, a quest that attracts a familiar face. Ciri wonders who she can trust.

Episode 7: Before a fall

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As the Continent is threatened by the rise of Nilfgaard, Yennefer reflects on her past, while Geralt reconsiders his obligation to the Law of Surprise.

Episode 8: Much More

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A terrifying pack of enemies takes down Geralt. Yennefer and her fellow mages prepare to strike back. A shaken Ciri depends on the kindness of a stranger.

Watch the Season 1 trailer on Netlflix.com!

Season 2

Episode 1: A grain of truth

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Geralt goes with Ciri on a journey that leads him to an old friend. After the Battle of Sodden, Tissaia shows no mercy in her search for information.

Episode 2: Kaer Morhen

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Seeking a safe place for Ciri, Geralt returns home, but danger lurks everywhere, even Kaer Morhen. Yennefer’s dreams could be the key to her freedom.

Episode 3: What is Lost

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Impatient with Geralt’s methods, Ciri braves major obstacles to prove her mettle. Intrigue and suspicion within the Brotherhood make Yennefer a target.

Episode 4: Radnian Intelligence

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A guest from Kaer Morhen extends his hand to Ciri – and an invitation to Geralt. On the run in Redania, Yennefer seeks safety underground.

Episode 5: Turn Your Back

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As a powerful mage joins the hunt for Ciri, she strikes a deal with Vesemir over her extraordinary discovery. Geralt explores the mystery of the monoliths.

Episode 6: Dear Friend…

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A close friend is lost – and another found – as Geralt helps Ciri learn more about her power. Cahir warns Fringilla to focus on her main mission.

Episode 7: Voleth Meir

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Geralt turns to a lowly bard for help, Yennefer realizes how special Ciri is, and tensions rise on the eve of Emperor Emhyr’s visit to Cintra.

Episode 8: Family

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Geralt faces off against a demon targeting his loved ones as the continent’s most powerful players step up their pursuit of Ciri.

Watch the Season 2 Trailer on Netflix.com!

Wrap

If you haven’t watched this series, there’s no better time to start than now. Especially if you’re a fan of fantasy or just good TV in general. And no: you don’t need any previous knowledge of books or even games to get started. Just fire up your Netflix account and dive into it.

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