Like a tornado, if it were tall with white long hair and devilishly handsome, The Witcher blew into our lives. If you are like me, you watched the entire season over the first weekend and left with the ‘omg I want more’ feeling. This is normally what happens with shows that drop all of their episodes in one day. I have terrible restraint. Now fans are left to wait until season two graces our Netflix accounts. And with shooting just starting and the expected timeline, that won’t be until 2021. But don’t fret friend, I have come up with a few things you can do to help pass the time.
Rewatch Season One…Duh
I will be 100% honest at the beginning of this. I just rewatched the first four episodes of the season for the fifth time the other day. But I am serious here, give yourself another rewatch of season one. I could go on for days, and maybe some day I will, about how fantastic The Witcher team was to attention to detail. Now that I have been able to really digest everything on the surface I can focus on the smaller more finer details. I love rewatching it with friends who haven’t watched it as well, seeing how their world is changed by what happens on screen.
Read The Books!
If you didn’t know The Witcher is a book series first and foremost from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series has a total of eight books. Fans have been ripping them off the shelves so much, that Orbit Books just issued a massive reprinting on the series. If you don’t want to spoil future seasons I would suggest just starting with the first. Now The Last Wish features one of our favorite moments from season one, so definitely read that one. The books also feature a more short story type feel instead of one long over arcing novel. This means you can enjoy bits and pieces over time.
More of a fan of audio books? Amazon has Audible versions to listen to while you are at the gym, on the way to work or just relaxing at home.
Check Out The Video Games
Before it was a show, but after it was a book, The Witcher franchise became a seriously popular video game. Now all the lore is there and the epic fights and characters, but it is a bit different from its’ source material. There are three games currently in the series, but if you don’t have time to play all three, I would highly recommend playing The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. The action role playing game from CD Projekt Red is truly fantastic. The game has all of the traditional hack and slash moments, but focuses mainly on narrative. Now be mindful before jumping into the game, it does contain spoilers for the show.
Listen to the Soundtrack and Podcast
In case you missed the hype all over Twitter, The Witcher official soundtrack was released on January 24, 2020. It includes over three hours of music from the show including the very famous Toss A Coin To Your Witcher from Joey Batey. It has become my must listen to when studying for school or just relaxing around the house. Also did you know that Netflix does a podcast called, Behind The Scenes. They have half hour shows covering the characters of their shows. They have covered the Stranger Things 3 when it was released, but now we hope we get to hear some Witcher content from them.
Now go forth and enjoy all of these terrific ideas! And don’t forget, Netflix recently announced that they are working alongside show writers Lauren S. Hissrich and Beau DeMayo to bring us the anime movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf which sounds amazing. Here is to hoping it comes out before the next season to help tide us over.