Netflix's The Witcher TV Series Will Have Eight Episodes, Possible 2020 Premiere

Netflix's The Witcher TV Series Will Have Eight Episodes, Possible 2020 Premiere

Netflix is ramping up its adaptation of the fantasy epic.

The Netflix adaptation of The Witcher series is continuing to make progress with the show potentially dropping an eight episode season in 2020 according to show writer Lauren S. Hissrich (Netflix's Daredevil, Defenders).

Hissrich revealed as much via Twitter from a Netflix event which took place last week in Rome, Italy. In a tweet chain, Hissrich said that the first season at least is slated for eight episodes, which she says is the "right call" creatively.

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Then she says that the show could come in 2020 which will hopefully ensure quality. Hissrich says that after finishing her initial draft of the pilot, the script needs polish and the remaining seven episodes still need to be written. However, more writers will be joining the team which means the series is continuing to move forward.

Lastly, Hissrich revealed that the series will be shooting in Eastern Europe. The Witcher video game series is based on a set of fantasy novels from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and incorporates elements of Eastern European lore into the series. The Netflix series will be bypassing the games and instead will adapt stories directly from Sapkowski's novels, something that author is quite pleased with.

However, The Witcher video game series is one of the best modern RPGs in gaming right now. The Witcher developers at CD Projekt Red are currently working on a new RPG series called Cyberpunk 2077, which could be revealed at this year's E3.

For more on The Witcher series, check out our complete Witcher 3 guide to help get you started on one of the best modern RPGs in games still.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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