The world was left with a Game Of Thrones-sized hole when it was announced that the HBO science-fiction fantasy epic would wrap up after eight seasons.
Enter Netflix with its announcement that The Witcher would be adopted into a TV series, and fans were left optimistic that the series would provide them with their sci-fi fantasy fix.
It is hard not to draw comparisons between the two series, considering the similar trajectories that the two series have followed, their source material, and their themes.
Following Game of Thrones' spectacular fall from grace in its later seasons, it is hard to imagine The Witcher not being able to outshine the HBO fantasy epic, but the Game of Thrones franchise has had success so overwhelming and so widespread that it would be near impossible for The Witcher to fill its shoes.
However, expectations for the series have never been higher after a first-look trailer and new details that suggest that The Witcher may be the heir apparent to Game of Thrones or even outshine the glory achieved by Game of Thrones in its heyday.
Here are some reasons why The Witcher may be the bigger, more successful Game of Thrones.
There is no denying the utter star power that Game of Thrones has boasted over its 8-season-run. The ensemble cast that once included the likes of Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey, among others, was considered one of the greatest cast in TV history.
However, none of the stars can match the sheer superstardom that Henry Cavill brings to The Witcher.
One of the most recognizable and respected actors working today, Henry has starred in such movies as Man of Steel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mission Impossible: Fallout. He brings his acting chops and his mainstream appeal as the central character in The Witcher.
Henry is slated to play Geralt of Rivia, the character around whom the series revolves. Apart from being a blockbuster acquisition, Henry is also a huge fan of the books and the videogame series, thereby making him an ideal lead.
Game of Thrones brought medieval warfare to life tinged with elements of fantasy and mysticism in some of the biggest action set-pieces in TV history.
So it is hard to imagine anything topping the groundbreaking fight sequences brought to life in Game of Thrones; however, an early screening revealed that fight scenes in The Witcher makes Game of Thrones look like amateur-hour.
One of the major complaints fans had with Game of Thrones was that the TV show deviated too far from its source material.
The TV show, adapted from George R.R. Martin's bestselling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, debuted on TV while Martin was continuing to write the books.
Hence, there were logical inconsistencies, and with no real end in sight, the TV show appeared schizophrenic at times, moving between brilliant and abhorrent.
The Witcher does not have this problem. The show, adapted from the eponymous book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, has an endgame in sight. The book series has already concluded, and the character arc of Geralt of Rivia has a definite endpoint.
If the show were to stay true to its source material, and all indication points to the fact, the series will likely be more consistent and easier to follow.
Game of Thrones- a show that had dire wolves, the White Walkers, and DRAGONS- was so focused on the politics and the diplomacy that it bordered on self-indulgence and self-parody. While there is a definite appeal to medieval diplomacy and politics, the show dragged and the pace slowed considerably.
The Witcher makes no bones about the fact that it is out-and-out a fantasy action series. The series will feature barbaric monsters, sorcery, and swordfight. Hence, the show will have a definite appeal to fans of this trope. Entwined in the action-fantasy trope is the political subplot that fans of that genre can enjoy.
The Witcher will also feature intriguing characters from the books and their relationship will provide the drama for the series.
So is The Witcher the heir apparent to Game of Thrones? Only time will tell. Judging by the trailers and the early reactions from TV critics, it does make a good first impression and reels in viewers.