Netflix is playing the long game with The Witcher. Well, that may depend on the show’s ratings but, its showrunner Lauren Hissrich isn’t taking any chances. According to a recent interview with SFX magazine (via PCGamesN), Hissrich has planned out a seven-season arc for the series.
While speaking about the new series Hissrich said, “I’ve [mapped out stories] for seven seasons. Right now it’s just about, ‘how do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’ The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to.”
Hissrich makes a solid point as many shows before such as Heroes and Lost put a lot into their first seasons before sputtering out a few seasons later without a plan in place. It’s definitely a bit ambitious but, with the looming streaming wars and massive competition in the forms of Disney+ and HBO Max, ambitious may be exactly what Netflix needs right now.
Though The Witcher has gained public notoriety recently thanks to the masterful series of games, the TV series is actually based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series won’t differ too much from the massively popular gaming franchise but, with 8 books in total to draw from, there’ more than enough source material to support multiple seasons.
Check out the latest trailer for the series below:
The Witcher is set to hit Netflix on December 20th.