The Witcher on Netflix: the showrunner responds to criticism of the departure of Henry Cavill
Lauren S. Hissrich, showrunner of The Witcher on Netflix, has responded to fan fears for the future of the series with the departure of Henry Cavill.< /p>
Despite its many flaws, The Witcher stands among the ambitious adaptations of fantasy on the small screen in recent years, alongside Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The Netflix series also owes a lot to the interpretation of Henry Cavill, who won most of the votes of the public, on this occasion, the actor having made a strong impression on fans in the role of Geralt de Riv.
Unfortunately, for fans of the actor, Henry Cavill has just been replaced in the series, because of his return in Superman. A real cataclysm for the program, but also for the platform and for the creative team, which has since suffered numerous attacks from fans of The Witcher, not always justified. That's why Lauren S. Hissrich, showrunner on the series, wanted to address these criticisms during an interview with Screenrant:
“It's a blow for us too…but that's life. There are a lot of innuendos and rumors about this departure and we understand why the fans have come to this. What I want to say is please come back for The Witcher Season 3 so we can continue the adventure. Obviously, the departure of Henry Cavill is an important fact. But I don't want this story to disrupt the release of Blood Origin, Declan [De Barra, the showrunner of The Witcher: Blood Legacy, editor's note], the cast and the film crew. It's their turn to be in the spotlight. »
With this statement, will Lauren S. Hissrich succeed in allaying the disappointment of fans of Henry Cavill and The Witcher? Nothing is less certain, since by refusing to clearly explain the ins and outs of this affair, she allows innuendo of all kinds to run and teaches us nothing new (unless she does not know obviously).
As a reminder, among the many rumors circulating around the actor's departure, there are anecdotes relating the differences that would exist between Henry Cavill and the screenwriters about respect for the original novels.
But for Lauren S. Hissrich, economic issues come before everything else and we must therefore save soldier Witcher. Indeed, we discern in his remarks the fear of a boycott of season 3, which would obviously put the future of the series in question, a future already well shaken by this departure. Also, protect The Witcher: Legacy of Blood, whose release is imminent (and which is in no way affected by the departure of Henry Cavill), from the roar of the crowd angry. The showrunner therefore seems to adopt a logical conservative posture which should not, however, lessen the resentment of the public.
Because if Lauren S. Hissrich did not add fuel to the fire of a very heated debate, not sure that all of this was enough to satisfy the public. In fact, she never mentioned Liam Hemsworth, Henry Cavill's future replacement on the show (now was a good time to back him up). The future looks damn complicated for the franchise. And we will therefore closely monitor the audiences of The Witcher: The Blood Legacy which is released on December 25, 2022, to already make initial findings.