The Witcher Showrunner: Season 3 is a “much more direct adaptation” of the book

The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich has announced that Season 3 of the Netflix series is coming a more “direct” adaptation from Andrzej Sapkowski’s Time of Contempt.

Will The Witcher season 3 be a more accurate adaptation?

During an on-set visit, the showrunner spoke to journalists about the process of adapting the books and how things ultimately changed. He admitted that fans didn’t like some of the changes from previous seasons of the show. She then revealed that season 3, based on the book Time of Contempt, will be a closer adaptation.

“Season 3, particularly following Season 2, is a much more direct adaptation,” Schmidt-Hissrich noted (via colliders.) “Even from a purely writing point of view, the book is so easy to adapt. And it really is… It can be broken down into big events.”

“As monarchs, mages and beasts of the continent compete to capture her, Geralt goes into hiding with Ciri, determined to protect his newly united family from those who threaten to destroy them,” reads the Season 3 synopsis. Entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer leads her to the sheltered fortress of Aretuza, where they hope to learn more about the girl’s untapped powers. Instead, they discover they have landed on a battlefield of political corruption, dark magic, and betrayal. You have to fight back, risk everything – or risk losing each other forever.”

The Witcher is an epic tale of destiny and family that follows lonely monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, powerful sorceress Yennefer and young Cintrian princess Ciri as they learn to navigate an increasingly volatile continent together.

The series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer von Vengerberg, and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Season 3 marks Cavill’s final season as a title chaser, as he is replaced in the fourth installment by Hunger Games veteran Liam Hemsworth.

Based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is created and produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who also serves as showrunner. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers, along with Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image.