During production of Netflix's upcoming fantasy series, The Witcher, several images and videos leaked from the set, giving fans an early look at just some of the characters, kingdoms and creatures that the show has in store. While most of it seemed to excite them, some elements -- most notably the look of the Nilgaardian armor -- disappointed them, judging by the many memes that followed.
Everyone involved remained silent on the matter until recently, when showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich appeared on Reddit to answer a few questions from fans, including the creative choice behind the armor.
Hissrich explained the thought process behind it, stating, "The Nilfgaardian army is one of conscription. As they march northward, the army pillages towns and forces villagers into military servitude. They are not an elite fighting force -- yet." She continued, "There are powerful leaders in the forefront, yes, but the army itself is more rag-tag, borne of necessity, without glamour or means," adding that the armor was a reflection of the army's current state in the series.
Her explanation seems to suggest that future seasons may see a redesign, reflecting the Nilgaardian army's progress. In the novels, the expansive southern empire is known for its modernity and wealth. It is one of the most powerful kingdoms on the Continent, able to rival the combined forces of the four major factions that comprise the Northern Kingdoms.
Aside from the short-lived reaction to the Nilfgaardian armor, the overall reception of The Witcher, particularly after the recently released main trailer, has been immensely positive, drawing interest from both fans of Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and fans of the highly successful video games developed by CD Projekt Red.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. The series will be available to stream on Netflix starting December 20.
(via Redanian Intelligence)