People all across the world have been introduced to Geralt of Rivia’s tremendously dangerous but fascinating realm of monsters and elves thanks to The Witcher. Even if you’ve binge-watched every episode of the popular TV program, it’s nearly certain that you still don’t know everything there is to know about this vast universe.
So, without further ado, here are 20 interesting The Witcher facts — things you probably didn’t know about the novels, games, and TV show that will convert you into a true fan.
Geralt isn’t from Rivia, for starters.
Geralt of Rivia isn’t from Rivia, but rather Kaedwen, a significantly less regal locale. He chose this region as his birthplace to appear more “prestigious” to his clients, according to the games and literature, because the Queen is also from Rivia.
Henry Cavill was a firm believer in method acting.
Being one of the highest-paid TV actors and starring in one of the most expensive TV series must necessitate a certain amount of dedication. Geralt’s gruff, ‘perpetually suffering’ image was achieved by Henry Cavill going to great lengths. It wasn’t just a case of workout; the actor also had to dehydrate himself in order to pull it off. We wouldn’t recommend doing the same, but that method acting paid off!
Witches are mutants, according to the third rule.
Witchers are mutants, not sorcerers or wizards. As strange as that sci-fi word seems in a fantasy setting, it makes sense when you consider that Geralt’s species are essentially humans who get magic through magical science, rather than being born with it. Consider Frankenstein, but with a Tolkien twist.
Geralt is agnostic.
You’re probably not surprised by this Witcher fact. Geralt does not believe in God or any particular faith, despite living in a world filled with magic and characters who believe in one or more divinities. His only religion is honorable: fighting monsters and obtaining that coin.
Geralt Makes Appearances in Other Games
Geralt has made appearances in games other than The Witcher, such as Monster Hunter: World and Soulcalibur IV. Imagine Captain America playing the lead in an X-Men film, if you’re not a gamer. That’s how well-known Geralt is in the gaming community – he’s everywhere.
Geralt’s mother was a sorceress, by the way.
Although sorceresses are believed to be infertile in The Witcher’s universe, Visenna, Geralt’s mother, was one of the few exceptions. She wasn’t around to witness her son graduate, though, since she had given him over to a school of witches when he was a child. Geralt never found out why, which adds to the man’s long list of horrible experiences.
Geralt wishes he could be human.
Geralt may appear to be doing a fine job, but there’s a reason he’s usually tired and willing to give up everything for a private island and some coconut milk. He had no choice but to become a witcher, so it should come as no surprise that he secretly wishes he could be a regular guy doing regular things. He is hesitant to leave ‘the life,’ though, because hunting down wicked animals is the only talent he has ever acquired. Geralt, have you heard of LinkedIn?
Witcher Training is a Horrible Experience
The games and literature make it clear that becoming a witcher is difficult and requires a great deal of physical and mental strength. There are various schools and paths to become a witcher, all of which include suffering. There was a lot of it. Consider the “Trial Of The Grasses,” which entails mutating into inhuman mutants. You now know where Geralt gets his rosy skin.
TV Geralt Has a Different Appearance
Geralt isn’t supposed to look like that. Despite the fact that Netflix chose one of today’s hottest actors, Henry Cavill’s superb looks do not fit the description of Geralt in the books. Only the video games have stayed true to the character’s appearance, which is far from conventionally attractive and should have numerous scars. But, really, who’s complaining…?
His hair had been bleached white.
Though he isn’t the only white-haired witcher, his snowy mane is the product of the magic he was infused with during his transformation as a young boy, rather than a witcher characteristic. We’re sure he’d get along with X-Rogue…and Men’s Daenerys.
He’s referred to as “White Wolf”
Here’s some entertaining trivia for you! Elves and other nonhuman creatures in Geralt’s world refer to him as ‘Gwynbleidd,’ which does not translate to ‘the guy who kills monsters while looking hella sad,’ but rather ‘White Wolf,’ which we can only assume is a reference to his silver hair and animal-like fighting abilities.
Witches are becoming extinct in the United States.
That’s right, Geralt’s species is dwindling. Witches aren’t well-liked in any region of their world, and their supernatural skills and brutal ways frequently elicit suspicion and conspiracies. As a result, the “schools” where witchers are born and educated have been invaded multiple times, causing their species to become increasingly scarce.
Joey Batey is a genuine lute player.
Actor Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier, the obnoxious yet lovely bard that helps Geralt in his escapades, is a skilled lute player. When he auditioned for the part, he genuinely demonstrated his abilities, which could only have helped him land the part. Go lute or go home, as the saying goes.
There Will Be No Celebrity Cameos in The Witcher
The show’s author, Andrzej Sapkowski, pledged that no strange celebrity cameos would appear – a lighthearted and reassuring allusion to Ed Sheeran’s iconic Game of Thrones sequence in which he uncomfortably breaks the fourth wall to reveal a new song. “I feel that my role as a creative consultant for this series is to make sure that at NO moment in the show [would] Ed Sheeran sing,” Sapkowski remarked at Comic-Con. Thank you, Andrzej, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, you you, thank
Geralt is a Charming Old Man
Geralt isn’t in his late thirties or forties, as the video games and Netflix show may suggest. Several factors lead to him being between 90 and 95 years old, despite the fact that we’re never told his exact age. Witches are known to live longer lives, regardless of how demanding their profession is, which is an unsurprising fact.
There Was Almost a Game of Thrones-Style Mistake
Something highly antiquated almost ended up on screen in The Witcher series, similar to what happened in the final and infamous season of Game of Thrones when a Starbucks coffee cup was left on the table for all viewers to see. Car headlights were almost left in post, but a VFX employee caught them in time. That would’ve been awkward…
A Witcher Film Was Almost Made
Did you know that The Hexer, a first adaptation of The Witcher universe, was launched in 2001? Unfortunately, the Polish film was not well received by reviewers or audiences, and it quickly faded from memory. Given the special effects available at the time, this is only understandable. From 2002 to 2004, a Polish television show with the same name aired, however it only lasted one season.
Geralt is a one-of-a-kind character.
Geralt isn’t like the rest of the witches. He just so happens to have come out ten times stronger than his colleagues from the required Trial of the Grasses, the mutation process that turns one into a Witcher, for some reason that is never fully explained. This is especially amusing because he has expressed an interest in changing occupations.
Henry Cavill has always been a fan of the Witcher series.
With 200 actors auditioning for the role of Geralt, Henry Cavill came out on top. But it’s simple to see how he got the part because he also demonstrated to the casting directors that he understood a lot (a LOT) about the video games and literature from which the program is based. Cavill is a total nerd who spends his free time reading and playing video games, thus he won fairly and squarely.
There Is No Such Thing As The Witcher’s Code
There is no such thing as The Witcher’s Code. When Geralt and his colleagues need to explain why they do anything a specific way to their clients, they refer to this non-existent code, which is essentially the same as developing your own UNO card rules as you go along. Hey, if it works, it’s a win-win situation.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back for Avatar 2 CRAZY!
In the first Avatar, Weaver’s scientist character died, but now she’s back as the protagonists’ adopted Na’vi daughter.
We were all surprised when we heard about 17 billion years ago that Sigourney Weaver would be back for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels (even more so than with the idea of there being multiple Avatar sequels). But now that we know how Weaver is going to come back, we’re even more confused.
Empire magazine has said that Weaver will play a completely different character in Avatar: The Way of Water. In the first movie, she played Dr. Grace Augustine, the creator of the Human-Na’vi switcheroo Avatar Program, who died at the end. And no, it’s not a human. It’s Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, who is about to turn 16.
Weaver will play Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. It looks like we’ll meet a lot of Jake and Neytiri’s family in The Way of Water. Weaver told Empire what it was like to play a digitized blue teenager, “I think we all pretty much remember how we felt when we were that age.” “Oh, yes, I do. When I was 11, I was 5’10” or 5’11” tall. I was sure Kiri would feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. She wants to find out who she is. When Jim gave me that task, I was thrilled.
Now, adults play children all the time, especially in the world of voice acting, and at least one of the photos Empire released of Kiri makes it look like Weaver will also show up as Dr. Augustine again in some way, probably through old footage. But knowing that the Na’vi are mostly brought to life by fancy mocap rigs, it will be strange to see Weaver’s physical performance put on a teenager. Even though he is a blue alien teen with long arms and legs, he is still a teen.
The movie Avatar: The Way of Water will come out in December 2022.
Disney will show new scenes from “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Disney started its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona today with 12 minutes of footage from July’s Marvel fourquel Thor: Love and Thunder. Throughout the show, Disney showed trailers and looks at its other upcoming movies, including four never-before-seen scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Before the Thor footage, Disney’s Head of Global Theatrical Distribution Tony Chambers talked about the importance of immersive storytelling and the studio’s “robust, diverse slate.” This was followed by about 60 minutes of footage that was introduced by EMEA Head of Theatrical Distribution Nick Rush and EMEA Head of Studio Marketing Lee Jury.
There were prerecorded messages from people like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who said, “It feels like we’re just getting started, even after 14 years.” As he introduced the Love And Thunder scenes, Thor star Chris Hemsworth said he wished he was in Barcelona, where the sangria “always tastes better.”
Harrison Ford sent a video for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5, saying that it had been 13 years since the last movie and that it was “time to put on the fedora and crack the whip.”
We also saw parts of Haunted Mansion, Pixar’s Elemental and Strange World, and the ensemble Amsterdam, which was directed by David O. Russell for New Regency.
Sam Mendes sent a video about Empire Of Light by Searchlight. The director of 1917 said that after making that movie, he wrote this one during lockdown. He said it was a “extremely personal story” about music, movies, and finding love in strange places.
Rebecca Kearey, the international head of Searchlight, showed a trailer for See How They Run, which stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and a teaser for The Banshees of Inisherin, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, directed by Martin McDonagh. Searchlight also showed the first scene of Chevalier, which is about the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who grows up to be a famous composer in France.
The next movie by Thor director Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins, got an eight-minute sneak peek. The movie is about the American Samoa soccer team. In 2001, they lost to Australia 31-0, which was the worst loss in World Cup history. Michael Fassbender takes over as their new coach.
Disney’s show ended with a visit from Avatar producer Jon Landau, who flew from New Zealand to Barcelona to talk about the next movie in the series. He said that Avatar: The Way of Water was in the final stages of post-production and that it was important to be in Barcelona “to show our support for the exhibition community.”
Landau said that the strength of James Cameron’s scripts is that they have universal themes. “There is nothing more relatable than family,” he said before showing a message from Cameron.
Cameron from New Zealand said that the people working on Avatar were “pushing the limits even further… Every shot is made for the biggest screen and best resolution that can be achieved… I think this is what people want.” He also said, “Our business is not going away.”
Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Unconventional Role in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Weaver will portray Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive child.
Many pondered what type of role Sigourney Weaver would have in the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar after the death of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the leader of the Avatar Program in the previous film. Finally, in an Empire Magazine exclusive, Weaver shared insights about the role she will portray in Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as a new photograph from the film.
Weaver announced to Empire Magazine that she would play Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), in the film. “I believe we all remember what we were experiencing as teens,” Weaver told Empire Magazine exclusively. “I most definitely do. When I was 11, I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″. I had a strong feeling Kiri would be uncomfortable a lot of the time. She’s trying to figure out who she is. Jim’s assignment of that task excited me.”
A fresh picture, which adds to the character’s mystery, has also been unveiled, hinting at some type of link that Kiri would have with Grace. Kiri is seen inside a lab, staring at a monitor with a recording of Grace on it. Despite not being biologically connected to Jake and Neytiri, Kiri seems to have human traits that other Na’vi do not have, such as five digits and eyebrows, adding to the character’s mystery.
With an obvious link between the two, as well as both characters being performed by the same actor, viewers can only guess on how significant Kiri’s involvement will be in the plot. The character will also appear on a subscriber-exclusive cover of Empire Magazine, which depicts her swimming underwater appreciating Pandora’s aquatic life, as shown in the first teaser.
Weaver and Cameron will work together again for Avatar: The Way of Water, having previously played Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Grace in the first Avatar film. Along with Weaver, Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the man responsible for Grace’s death, in the sequel. Quaritch, like Weaver’s character, perished in the first film, fueling curiosity regarding his participation in Avatar: The Way of Water. While the roles of both actors remain unknown, fan speculation may continue until the highly anticipated film is released later this year.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be released exclusively in cinemas.
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