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  1. The Recluse says:

    That dog!!!!
    No wonder his fans clamor constantly for pics.

  2. Starkille says:

    Tried to watch the first episode and fell asleep three (3) times boring àss show perfect for his boring àss.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Oh my goodness he sucks as an actor! He is only good doing fight or silent scenes. The other actors are good but the dialog sucks and the story line is amateur hour. I made it to episode 2 and had to turn it off to save brain cells.

    • runcmc says:

      Really? Personally I loved it!! My husband plays the video game and reads the books so I maybe had more of an “I had to watch it” but it gets really, really good. I ended up liking it more than I liked the His Dark Materials adaptation for HBO- and I grew up on those books so I was really surprised!

    • Mac says:

      @Starkille – I also fell asleep three times trying to watch the first episode.

    • Middle of the road says:

      Sorry to hear. I loved it and am excited for the next season! I know it’s confusing because the failed to add context that the timeline skips around, but I loved it and he makes a great Geralt. I played the games and read part of the books though

    • Christo says:

      I sadly must agree. I am not one to prematurely bow out and will wait for most anything to come to a boil plot-wise, but this left me underwhelmed and feeling like I was watching a terrible CW version of that 1980’s movie Excalibur.

    • FilmTurtle says:

      Honestly, the first few episodes are a bit of a slog. It really picks up around episodes 4-5. Cavill relaxes, for one thing (a lot of Hair Acting, though, as if he’s too broody to push the strands out of his eyes). All the female roles are pretty rounded; Jodhi May as the Queen is a total badass, complicated and weird. It is really, really bloody, which wore on me. But I found myself getting drawn in.

  3. detritus says:

    I have kinda been enjoying the Witcher. And Cavill as Geralt.
    I don’t like Cavill usually, and thought this would be an awful show, but I’m going to watch another two tonight.

    Cavills love for the character is obvious, and if you’ve played the last game he has the vocalizations down perfect. I’m only two episodes in and enjoying Yennefers storyline as well.

    • Kimmie says:

      I binged watched it. I went in with very low expectations, so I was surprised at how well done it is. Every episode gets better

    • Millenial says:

      There are definitely some issues with the show narratively, but overall it was really good. There are so few decent fantasy shows that I can accept some faults in the storytelling.

      LOVED Cavill, which surprised me. But he’s so good. Like, new man crush good.

    • Nikki says:

      I enjoyed The Witcher as well. I did find the time jumps confusing as hell at first, but once I figured it out. . .

      I’ll watch it again before the next season starts, something I couldn’t do with Games of Thrones.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I just finished binging. At the end of the final episode, I rolled my eyes and laughed because I knew they’d end the season there when I, without a doubt, wanted more. This genre has always lagged behind all others from idea to critique. Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc. injected powerful models and brought life to an area of entertainment that never harnessed mass approval. Is The Witcher award-winning? No. In fact it took a few episodes to rope me in…kinda like Britannia lol. These are swash-buckling fantasy romps that entertain me the way that Highlander did or Conan or Argonauts. And at the end I wanted more. I’m thankful Henry didn’t have too many lines because he’s better with his mouth shut and brooding. I give this series a solid B thus far, because it kept me going, and I wanna hear him answer her question!

    • Millenial says:

      Oh, we really liked Brittania, too! I hope they keep making it.

      • DS9 says:

        I liked Brittania too though it wasn’t that good.

        But Highlander is and forever will be my shit. Teenaged DS9 planned her weekend around Highlander episodes. I had to be home by 4pm on Saturdays or not leave until after 5.

      • Nic919 says:

        There can be only one… except his cousin, and the other girl, and the other guy etc…
        I loved watching the Highlander series. It was cheesy fun and where is Adrian Paul these days?

  5. Lindy says:

    I’m watching it because I’m a sucker for high fantasy. It’s not exactly what I’d call good–more like junk food. Fun and enjoyable and totally forgettable. I think his white blonde hair is working for him, though. I completely forget it’s him, which is a good thing. It’s my “fold mountains of laundry” show.

    For those who like fantasy and want something much, much, much better in every possible way, read the His Dark Materials trilogy and then watch the new BBC adaptation, which is very well done!

    • Kate says:

      I love the book series but something is missing for me in the show although I agree it’s really well done. I think my issue with it is that I think Lyra was completely miscast, she doesn’t feel like Lyra to me at all (but I think I might be the minority view in that regard).

      • Lindy says:

        I kind of felt that way at first myself, but by the fourth episode she’s really grown on me.

      • Scotchy says:

        @Kate, I totally agree and felt Lyra was miscast. Her line delivery was so stunted and it jarred me so much that I stopped watching the show. Oh well…

  6. huckle says:

    I don’t know much about him except for Superman and The Tudors but I think he’s hot.

  7. Nocturne says:

    There are a lot of built-in fans for The Witcher from the books and video games so I think it was always going to get a lot of goodwill.

    But honestly? I would rate it as fine. They made some really ‘interesting’ choices with the various interconnected timelines and they altered some major plot points which cut out a lot of the stuff from the books that was actually interesting. As a fantasy show I’d give it a 6 or 7 out of 10, but as an adaption of The Witcher I’d give it a 3. Again, it’s fine but it does seem to have a log of similarities to shows like Hercules and Xena.

    I also found an issue with how often Yennifer was naked. I was reassured to see she had a body double available if she wanted it, but sometimes it seemed like she had her boobs out just for the sake of having her boobs out. There were scenes where it just wasn’t necessary at all and added nothing to the plot.

  8. Missy says:

    I wasn’t into the idea of watching The Witcher at all but my husband threw it on and I actually really enjoyed it! And HC is totally solid as Geralt! (I’m a fan of the game)

  9. Rando says:

    I can’t tell if people know the twitter guy is being sarcastic or not.

  10. Marty says:

    It’s good overall, but it’s very much shot from the male gaze and at the beginning the different time lines aren’t established which made it a little confusing for me.

  11. DS9 says:

    The Witcher isn’t good but it’s very watchable, especially for people who watch sci-fi and fantasy.

    And Cavill’s Geralt has more personality that his Superman but less than his Charles Brandon.

  12. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I loved it. Cant wait for Season 2.

  13. jammypants says:

    I never found Cavill hot but as Geralt? I get it. I kind of like how grumpy he is. Kind of refreshing for a protagonist because matched against a happy go lucky character, it’s even more entertaining. I’d give it a 6/10. It’s not smart but it’s entertaining.

    • Nic919 says:

      I find it gets better once jaskier shows up and then they have interesting banter. And Yennifer is interesting too.

      I never played the games so I didn’t know much of the back ground, but I sorted it out eventually.

      The show doesn’t take itself as seriously as GoT which is probably why it works.

  14. grabbyhands says:

    It’s not GOOD, exactly – but it is sufficiently entertaining. Henry Cavill being a big, meaty hunk doesn’t hurt.

    What I don’t get is all the GoT comparisons I keep hearing, because these are two different animals. The only thing it has in common with GoT is the unfortunate male gaze writing that has ensures lots of unnecessary female nudity.

  15. Haapa says:

    The scenery and sets looks SO CHEAP. I had secondhand embarrassment for the people involved with the creation of the show. I can handle cheesiness, but I couldn’t make it through even the first episode of this show because it was like a terrible budget soap opera.

    • Sarahconnor says:

      That’s exactly what I said! I was feeling massive second hand embarrassment for all involved. At least in the first episode, the sets were sooooo badly done. And the directorial choices only highlighted how pathetic the sets were. Like an old episode of Xena or something, but worse. I just couldn’t pay attention. To each their own!

  16. Chickita says:

    I’m surprised by all the commentary on the female nudity. I thought it was at least on par with all the male penis(es) that was on screen as well. Perhaps their way of trying to make things “seem” equal and unintentionally Male-gaze-y but I can’t be certain.

  17. Middle of the road says:

    Spoiler alert: the timeline skips around, often even in the same episode. This will confuse you and maybe even turn you away, but keep watching. The past catches up to the present and in the end, it’s well worth it.

    Loooooooved it

  18. bobess says:

    the Witcher was great! I made fun of my boyfriend for wanting to watch it but got sucked in by episode two!

  19. Mew says:

    Witcher is unbelievably badly made, cheap and clumsy show. I can’t believe they actually spent more money on it than on GoT. Who stole the money because the production is absolutely awful. Thank heavens we have CD Projekt made games to bring that world alive.

  20. liriel says:

    He was born to play Geralt! He is perfect! He’s also a huge nerd, gamer and knew more about the Witcher saga and games than everyone involved. I expected more from season 1 but I’m very hopeful about season 2 since all the characters are well-established now and they can see what worked and what not. Also Lauren is anti D&D she listens to the fans, explains herself and is a feminist.

  21. Marigold says:

    We play a lot of video games in this house, and we were waiting for this series. I’m disappointed in it, but not because of Cavill. He did a very fine job.

    The show comes off like a Merlin that thinks it’s Game of Thrones. They couldn’t pick a tone. Either it’s a sexy melodrama that takes itself seriously or it’s a low-budget monster-of-the-week with crappy masks and bad CG. It’s like…pick one. Merlin was a good show. Game of Thrones was a good show (until that last bit).

    Witcher needs to pick a tone and stick with it if it wants to have more than two seasons.

    Cavill did a great job. The acting in this show wasn’t the problem. The writing was decent (dialogue had moments, but needed work). It was the jarring switch from a seriously dramatic scene worthy of HBO-level programming followed by a scene in which Geralt tries to look serious while talking to some dude wearing a rubber satyr head mask who looks like a Muppet from the 1970′s.

    It didn’t work, and they had enough money for this show to do a better job.

  22. Anna says:

    Loved the games, dislike Henry Cavill and expected to hate him in the role. Surprisingly, he is doing a good job. His very limited range in facial expressions is perfect for the character.

  23. BellaBella says:

    That “kissing” between Shawn and Camila looks… horrendous/absurd/somehow disgusting. She’s like a bird-child pecking at him every now and then and he is a tree branch.

    How did the Before the 90 Days guy’s son die??? Why oh why did the judge decide to have the kids stay in the U.S. with such a depraved person??? This is tragedy all over.

    Shailene Woodley needs to fire her stylist. Crikey!!!

    Jennifer Aniston’s father as a young man looks remarkably like Justin Theroux.

    Love all the best-dressed men and especially the Aran Island sweater-clad dog!

  24. Ferdinand says:

    This is a hot for Netflix. Netflix global launched today a list of their most watched shows and I was surprised than in USA, The Witcher came in second place of most watched shows just behind Stranger Things 3 which is Netflix’s major show. Also in Latin America came in second or third place. So this is great news for both Netflix and Henry Cavill after losing points on Superman. This might actually make WN reconsider another go at the superhero with Henry instead of recasting him as previously announced.

  25. Puglove says:

    I’m a huge fan of the books (never played the game) and Henry as Geralt was perfect for the role! Yennefer was also cast very well. My husband watched it with me (did not play the games or read the books) and was confused by the timeline at first (as was I) but if you stick with the show past episode 4 it does start to make sense. Yes it has flaws but I wasn’t expecting perfection. We enjoyed it a ton!
    I’m just bummed season 2 doesn’t come out until 2021!!

  26. Alicat says:

    I’ve binge watched 5 episodes over the last two days. At first thought Witcher and Cavill’s leather pants were corny as hell..but the show has grown on me, he was cast well imo. The only negative for me is that there’s a bit too much unnecessary female nudity but oh well

  27. NOTus says:

    I played the video game (3rd one) and loved the series. Henry is perfect for the role. I can’t wait for the 2nd season. 2021 takes too long.

  28. JJ says:

    I had no expectations and binged the show and loved it! Loved him in it. Then we went and got Witcher 3 for Switch (we don’t game much in our house but I did play all of Zelda BOTW so I thought the open world might appeal to me.)

    Also got us to watch the Man from U.N.C.L.E which we thought was great and super underrated. Wished there was a sequel…

  29. Kate says:

    Love The Witcher! Omg and HC is so brooding smoldering hot!😍🔥🔥🔥

  30. Cami says:

    I’ve got ‘Toss A Coin To Your Witcher’ stuck in my head and it’s not going anywhere.

    • Chisom says:

      Lol. Toss a coin to your witcher….. Yup.. Song is really not going anywhere. Loved the show. Finished it 2 weeks ago. A win for netflix

  31. Seeker542 says:

    My fiancé and I LOVE The Witcher! He was already a fan of the games and I enjoy watching him play. Henry Cavill was perfect for the role, and I had to start following him on Instagram for dog photos.

    The writing is great, badass action with humor intertwined. I was never big into medieval fantasy stuff but very involved watching this one. The show portrays female characters very well, despite favoring female nudity. And I’ve had “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” stuck in my head all week. Jaskier is funny as hell.

  32. coffeeisgood says:

    The Witcher was actually decent! You need to be a fan of fantasy and sci fi to really get into it. The timeline of the show is confusing at first, but makes sense in the end. It’s very different from GOT, a lot more fantasy and magic. It is fun though, I enjoyed watching Henry Cavill.