Warning: spoilers ahead for The Witcher.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the showrunner for the Netflix series of The Witcher, has promised fans that she’s going to address the questions and criticisms they have after watching season 2, stressing that they’re ‘not screaming into a void’.
The latest episodes of the fantasy show reunited viewers with beloved characters including Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a witcher who has been trained to kill monsters, Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), who has a mysterious power inside of her, and sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra).
The drama is based on the books of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired a globally popular video game series.
While many people enjoyed the second season of The Witcher, which ramped up the drama, thrill and emotion-driven stakes, some who have read the books weren’t fond of several deviations that it made from the original source material.
One storyline in particular that has sparked debate was the death of witcher Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz).
Not only was his time on the series cut short by his unfortunate demise, but his personality also appeared to be quite different, as he was previously portrayed as a more charming, sweet-natured friend of Geralt.
In a thread shared on Twitter, Lauren, who also created the Netflix anime film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, wrote that she couldn’t ‘stay away’ from what fans were saying about the show.
She said that while wants to respond to fans’ questions directly, at the moment, she doesn’t ‘have time’, as she will be doing a Q&A after the festive period.
‘It’s December 21st. The show came out 4 days ago, and of course, after spending 2.5 years of my life on it, I’m curious what fans are saying (not just critics). That’s an understatement. I cannot stay away,’ she wrote.
Referencing Eskel’s death and the developing between Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri in season three, she added: ‘And yet F**K I want to respond to fans, that’s what I’ve done since day 1.
‘I want to assure them I hear them, they’re not screaming into a void. But I don’t have time — or shouldn’t take THIS time — to get into a long debate on why Eskel died, or when G/Y/C will bond. (Psst S3).’
Continuing, the producer said: ‘And so, I respond with (I hope) civility and kindness and respect, while also reminding passionate people like you that I’ve announced I’ll be doing a more formal Q&A post-holidays, where your questions can be answered in detail, not between me trying to serve cereal to my boys.’
To conclude her thread, Lauren expressed her hope that the both the fans who loved and hated the new season ‘are debating the show amongst themselves as they desire, but also enjoying their holidays’ with their loved ones.
‘Everyone deserves that balance. Me included,’ she said.
One fan responded by sharing their gratitude towards Lauren, saying: ‘We are so lucky to have you, always ready to hear us out and discuss, whether we agree on certain topics or not.
‘You could’ve decided not to engage this way with the fandom, as it’s not an obligatory part of being a showrunner, but I’m glad you’re in for the ride. Happy Holidays!’
‘Lauren enjoy your children and the parties you deserve it, even if I do not agree on some points it has been a great season I am a great lover of the witcher saga in all its versions,’ another remarked.
The Witcher is available to watch on Netflix.