For a long time the boldest show on television was Game of Thrones, a fantasy series aimed at adults. It made that extremely clear in its use of violence and nudity -- two qualities for which the series came to be known. That series is over now and it appears that a new show is set to take its place: Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Witcher. If the series is anything like Andrzej Sapkowski's novel series, it too will likely have moments filled with those mature elements.
That much was confirmed by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. When asked whether The Witcher will be like Game of Thrones or lean more PG-13 in terms of content, Hissrich stated, "I've been re-watching dailies and my kids aren’t allowed to look at the screen anymore after one of them snuck around and saw something they shouldn’t have seen and it scared him." She continued, "It's a very adult show."
However, Hissrich also made it clear that there is definitely a method to the madness, adding, "It was important to me that any violence or sex drives the story and is not just there for shock value. I think audiences are really savvy and know when we're doing stuff just to shock them versus do stuff that really drives the story."
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 this fall.