It seems like everyone and their brother is obsessed with Netflix’s new show, The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill in a very bad wig fighting very cool monsters. The fantasy series is doing a great job filling the Game of Thrones shaped hole in many a nerd’s heart, while also establishing itself as its own special thing right away.
Not only is The Witcher breaking new fantasy ground but it is also a shockingly massive hit for Netflix, with 76 million customer households watching the show in a little over a month.
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Those impressive viewership numbers do have one caveat, though. Up until recently, Netflix recorded a view as “a member account watching at least 70 percent of one episode or 70 percent of a feature-length film.” Now, a much smaller percentage counts: only two minutes, which according to the Netflix report is “long enough to indicate the choice was intentional.”
“Our new methodology is similar to the BBC iPlayer in their rankings based on ‘requests’ for the title, ‘Most Popular’ articles on The New York Times, which include those who opened the articles, and YouTube view counts. This way, short and long titles are treated equally, leveling the playing field for all types of our content including interactive content, which has no fixed length.”
Even so, The Witcher had a built in audience with wildly popular video games and books, so it was bound to be a hit. Cavill himself explained that he was a fan of the series before being cast and that he felt a real kinship to Geralt of Rivia.
“I really feel a connection to Geralt and who he is and his nature, especially from the books. And having played the game for many, many, many hours, it was something that I had a connection with. And so it was just about bringing a version of me, which is a version of Geralt, into Lauren’s show.
Geralt always wants to do the right thing. And his intention is there: His goal is to do the right thing, make the right choice, and protect the people who need protecting. But he’s also very willing to do some of the necessary, harder things that are required. And that may be from my military upbringing where I have that trait. Certainly the way he looks upon some of the machinations of politics may match my own. I just feel an affiliation with the character.”
Fans will have to wait a while for the second season, though. Filming starts in February and the new episodes are expected to hit Netflix sometime in 2021. cues up “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” to numb the pain
Still, showrunner Lauren Hissrich is certain that it will be worth the wait.
“What’s great about season two, I can tell you, is that, in what we’ve written, the story becomes much more focused. There’s a stronger drive in the story, because all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in season one, actually start to come into fruition in season two.”
You’ve got time to play the games and read the books to fill your hours until season two!