After a long wait and several teasers, Netflix finally reveals the first footage of 'The Witcher' series at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019. A teaser shown before the panel was very brief, but was followed by several other clips that provided the first glimpse of the highly anticipated show.
The clips offered our first look at Henry Cavil as Geralt of Rivia in all of his witcher glory, Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri, Princess of Cintra. The show looks incredible, with gorgeous and massive battle scenes featured in the footage, the first of which opened with the qoute, "The only certainty on this continent of monsters and mutants is that no one is ever what they seem."
The footage also included a peek at what appeared to be the iconic scene of Geralt taking a bath.
The second clip featured the fight scene in a banquet hall, The scene was a great showcase to Cavill's sword fighting skills, since the Witcher star is performing all of his own stunts and fight scenes in the series.
The third clip gave us a better look at Yennefer, and a disturbing one at that. The sorceress sat on a beach beside a dead baby wrapped in blankets, remarking how lucky the child was to have escaped the horrors of living. "Your mother was right about one thing; we’re just vessels, and even when we’re told we’re special, as I was, as you would’ve been, we’re still just vessels for them to take and take until we're empty and alone," she says pensively, "So count yourself lucky," Yennefer finishes. "You've cheated the game and won without even knowing it." and then she buries the corpse in the sand.
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another clip showed Ciri wandering through a snowy, creepy forest, and seemingly in a trance. Shen then saw a glimps of a glowing bright light shining from the other side of a ridge. She is then quickly surrounded by a group of elf-like female warriors known as Dryads. Ciri asked for help and said she's lost and looking for "Dara," and the leader of the Dryads gestured for Ciri to follow her.
Hissrich said she was excited to bring the female characters' backstories to life, revealing that the three main characters will begin the series in separate places before coming together. "I think it's one of my favorite parts of the series, is that -I would call it an addition to the books," she said. "We really honored that source material, but we were able to give the characters a little more breathing room, and really get to know them, before these three characters eventually meet up."
Cavill also discussed about his horse, 'Roach' as an important element of his character.
"She's the one source of humanity left (for Geralt), because the rest of the world hates him and hates everything he does," Cavill said. "She's the one access point he has to humanity."
The panel's final clip appeared to be a full trailer that explains the backstory of the elves, magic, and the betrayal of the humans. When one character asks Geralt whether life is just about "monsters and money," he replies, "That's all it needs to be." We also glimpse Yennefer's transformation from a disfigured young woman into the beautiful sorceress we know her as.
With the first trailer finally online, fans of The Witcher games and books can now witness and judge for themselves whether Netflix's adaptation will do the series any justice. We're eagerly awaiting The Witcher's release date later this 2019.
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