Last updated on July 21st, 2023 at 02:12 pm
Netflix’s The Witcher just premiered with the first part of the third season. Fans of the books and movies were waiting for this moment – many of them not because they wanted to see the new part of Geralt’s adventures but to confirm that Henry Cavill left because of the show’s quality and its lack of faithfulness to the books.
As of right now, there are 83% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (20 positives, 4 negative). Fans are not so gracious, because the first part of the season has only 49% of positive reviews. So you can ask yourself (like we do), where do the differences come from? It is easiest to say that The Witcher franchise became a worldwide phenomenon because of the games. Then the gamers read books so they already know what will or rather should happen in the show. Most of them can be surprised because the creators are making it their own thing, so to speak. Big changes in the story, big changes in characters, creating a mambo-jumbo of a story. If you are a fan (like Henry Cavil were) you might not appreciate what they did with your beloved franchise.
Critics on the other hand are mostly unfamiliar with the games and the books so they can only review the show as another fantasy production. This might lead to those big differences because the show has good quality. The costumes are great, the setting is great, the choreography of the fights is great and the CGI is on the top level. Also the story (or what is left of it) can get you easily hooked.
What do you think? Why do the critics like the new season of The Witcher and the fans do not? Was Henry Cavill right to leave the show?