Andrzej Sapkowski Bashes Netflix For Reducing His Influence On The Witcher Series

Andrzej Sapkowski Bashes Netflix For Reducing His Influence On The Witcher Series
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Should we petition for the author’s cut?


  • The Witcher is a Netflix fantasy TV show based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
  • The adaptation was heavily criticized by the die-hard fans of the franchise after its initial release and got even worse reviews through the years.
  • Andrzej Sapkowski admits that he gave Netflix his ideas, but was ignored.

There are a lot of things being said about The Witcher on the Internet, and unfortunately for fans of the original fantasy franchise, almost none of them are positive. While fans of The Witcher books or the video game find the TV adaptation almost unbearable to watch, the average Netflix viewer simply doesn't understand what's going on.

From the writing that gives the newcomers almost no context to the poor choices in costume design, the show has been a mess throughout its run. The departure of Henry Cavill, who portrayed Geralt the Whitcher himself, was the cherry on top of one of the ugliest pies Netflix has ever produced.

While there are many people responsible for the series and its success (or lack thereof), people tend to blame Netflix executives for poorly researching the world and franchise before stepping into it. Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the books, is now giving fans another reason to believe they are right.

Why Andrzej Sapkowski Can’t Influence Netflix

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It is one thing to see your favorite characters ruined as a reader, player, or viewer, and quite another to see it happen to something you created. Many viewers tried to understand how the author, Andrzej Sapkowski, allowed all this to happen, but the truth turned out to be even more brutal.

He tried to fight for The Witcher universe, but his voice was never heard.

“But no, maybe I gave them some ideas, but they never listen to me. They never listen to me, but it’s normal, 'Who’s this? It’s the writer, it’s nobody,’” Sapkowski explained his impressions from working with Netflix.

Although he was quick to point out that he's grateful that the show now pays his rent, it was clear that there's a certain resilience to any kind of visual adaptation his written story gets. It must be strange to see the characters that you thought of one way on the page come out another way on the screen, that much is clear.

Not much is known about the release date of The Witcher season 4. As far as it has been announced, the writers are back in the writing room, so the shooting dates should be set soon. Stay tuned for more important news and behind-the-scenes updates.

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