On December 20, the world held its breath because the long-awaited first season of The Witcher series from Netflix was finally released. This moment still has a ripple effect on the fans’ hearts. Fans have already managed to pick the creators of dark-skinned Elves to pieces and make all the jokes about Geralt and Dandelion they possibly could. And now, it’s time to discuss crazy fan theories and exciting details.
The Series Intro
The symbols that appear at the beginning of every episode are not just as an intro. They are actually hints that let the viewers know what awaits them in each episode. In the first episode, the Black Sun symbolizes the eclipse during which Princess Renfri was born. In episode 4 called “Of Banquets, Bastards, and Burials,” you can see a sword surrounded by a (family) tree, and it hints at how Ciri’s parents – Princess Pavetta and Urcheon – met as per "A Question of Price."
The Elder Speech
The mother tongue of the characters of Andrzej Sapkowski’s book is Polish as the writer himself is Polish. But apart from that, you can find an elvish language aka Elder Speech in the book. The author created this language by combining the vocabularies of Irish, Welsh, English, German, and Latin languages. The series used original speech from the books, so the viewers from these countries unexpectedly found themselves understanding some of the words of this elvish dialect.
The Connection Between Series and Games
From the very beginning, Netflix stated that the series would be based on the book, not the games. But if you dig deeper, they still have a connection. The only thing you need to do is to watch the credits till the end. There you will notice the name Tomasz Bagiński and the mention of the Platige Image company that brought the series of The Witcher games to the world. Tomasz is an Oscar-nominated illustrator. Without him, The Witcher would hardly have reached the screen. It was him who suggested Netflix make an adaptation of Sapkowski’s stories. This is how this series that is expected to have 6 seasons, and that became so loved by the audience, appeared.
Geralt in a Wooden Bathtub
In the sixth episode called "Bottled Appetites" where Geralt frees the genie and meets sorceress Yennefer, the scene with him in a wooden bathtub is an homage to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game that was released in 2015. The scene became popular because of the PC Gamer website. Its designers used to illustrate every piece of news related to the game with a scene in the bathroom. Naked Geralt became a meme, and loyal fans could buy a Geralt in Bath Polyresin Statuette for $80.
100% Performed by Cavill
Henry Cavill, the leading actor, was so inspired by his character that he decided to perform all the trick by himself, without any stuntmen. He spoke about this in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. The director of the series confirmed this information, so it’s not just another “story to attract girls and make men respect you.” Cavil even suggested adding certain tricks, abandoned the fake sword, and participated in the setting of all the fights.