After ten weeks of working with her writer's room, Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich has revealed how the team developed the arc for the first season.
In a series of tweets, Hissrich explained how she and the writers plotted out the eight-episode season adapting Andrzej Sapkowski's popular fantasy series for Netflix. The meticulous process includes plotting out overarching themes and character arcs to create a satisfying story across the season while setting up plot threads to hopefully be picked up in the future.
In doing so, Hissrich revealed that after writing the pilot, the writing team shifts their focus to the season finale as to develop a clear conclusion to steer the narrative and its characters towards. Along the way, the team asks itself the important questions such as if they're staying true to the spirit of the Sapkowski novels, if there's a good balance between action and plot development, etc.
While The Witcher isn't expected to air until 2020, Hissrich has already planned to begin principal photography later this year in Eastern Europe for the dark fantasy series. Casting for the show's main characters is expected to begin shortly as the writers finish crafting the first season.
Created by Sapkowski who also serves as a creative consultant on the Netflix series, The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia, a wandering monster hunter gifted in combat and sorcery that finds himself dealing with the evils of men as often as he does mythical beasts. The dark fantasy series has been a worldwide hit with millions of novels sold and the franchise adapted into a trilogy of acclaimed video games of the same name.