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With season two of Netflix's The Witcher set to resume production next month, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has been busy sharing new details on the live-action fantasy series.
In a recent in-depth interview with TV Guide, Hissrich shed a little more light on what to expect from season two, and how the budding relationship between Geralt and Ciri will be a real focus going forward. It's because of this, Hissrich explained, that The Witcher is going to have deviate slightly from the original Andrzej Sapkowski books.
Hissrich explained that the books actually skip over quite a lot of Geralt and Ciri's early relationship. The two meet at the end of The Sword Of Destiny - as they do at the climax of the first series of the show - and are then pretty well acquainted at the start of the following novel. Hissrich and the rest of the writers want to dive into that unexplored time in between the books, where the two characters really get to know each other.
"We found in writing the show that we didn't actually want to skip over those first months of them getting to know each other," the showrunner said. "That's part of the fun, is to take these characters, as you say, who understand that they're each other's destiny -- not really embracing it, but accepting that this is what they need to do to continue walking through The Continent.
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"And then see like, what would that really be like? What would it be like for two strangers to come together and feel like that's what they've been driving for for the entire season? They finally got together and then they're like, "Oh, I don't know you at all. You are a stranger."
It's a pretty major change to make, but it'll be interesting to see how Hissrich and the team put together this brief period of time that was never addressed in the books. Will it be entirely original material, or will they adapt certain stories and elements from the written work to include Ciri?
In the same interview, Hissrich said that they also want to start referencing the CD Projekt RED games in the show as often as possible, though it's not really clear how this intention will manifest itself.
"We want to pay homage to it, to them as often as possible," she said. "And also I've been to CD Projekt Red. I've met all of all of those really talented people there. And what they do is amazing. So, if we can offer them a wink and a nod whenever we can, we will."
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