“I pitched [Netflix] a version of the story that actually started with the second-to-last book, which is Lady of the Lake,” Hissrich revealed. “...Ciri sort of ends up sitting by a lake, meeting with a man, and telling her story. And I started with that narrative structure, which is to have Ciri be our focal character, and be kind of our narrator.”

But Hissrich found herself facing an inverse version of the problem she wanted to avoid. “I realized as I started writing that version, that I wasn’t getting enough of Geralt and his perspective, because it was all being told through Ciri,” Hissrich continued. “It took me a while. I went through several versions, and I literally had one of those ‘aha!’ moments in the shower, jumped out of the shower and said to my husband ‘does this make sense,’ can I tell all three of these stories at the same time and not have it be too confusing?”

It won’t be much longer before we find out for ourselves if Hissrich succeeded at blending together Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer’s stories. But it’s interesting to hear that we almost got a version of The Witcher where the titular Witcher was not as forward in the narrative as we might have expected. The Witcher hits Netflix on December 20.


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