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'The Witcher' Has a Butt-Chin-Load of New Photos for You

By Mike Redmond | Streaming | July 1, 2019 |

By Mike Redmond | Streaming | July 1, 2019 |


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Thousands of years ago, in the far away lands of last Halloween, Netflix offered up a first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher. It didn’t go well, and here’s just a small taste of the Twitter reactions to what could generally be described as one butt-ass wig:

However, since then, the Netflix series has clearly gotten its sh*t together, or at the very least, became very good at still photography because it just released a treasure trove of new promo shots that practically scream, “Check out our wig game now, son.”
 

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Almost equally as important is making sure Cavill’s love interest Yennefer doesn’t look like she’s goddamn 12, which was a brief problem when Anya Chalotra was cast, but that seems to no longer be the case. Granted, because The Witcher books are written by a dude, Yennefer is a powerful sorceress who makes herself look considerably younger than she really is à la Melisandre from Game of Thrones. But you can’t really go around showing a grown man having sex with a teenager even though that’s what Henry Cavill did in real life.
 

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And, finally, here’s Freya Allan as Ciri, who becomes a daughter-figure to Cavill’s Geralt. Originally, showrunner Lauren Hissirch planned to cast a WOC, but when word got out, racist nerds went DEFCON FEDORA and harassed Hissrich right off of Twitter. Apparently, it’s deathly important that a fantasy series about a magic witchman fighting mythical creatures in a fictional setting be “historically accurate.” You see, the dorks’ argument is that The Witcher is based on Polish folklore, so therefore, every character must be lily white. But while that’s a rock-solid case to burn the internet to the ground, the showrunners caved and cast a blue-eyed British actress who you could probably see in the dark. Granted, that’s not Allan’s fault, and it’s sh*tty that controversy now hangs over her role, but it’s also important to highlight that even “disruptors” like Netflix can be easily cowed into throwing representation out the window.
 

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The Witcher premieres on Netflix in Autumn 2019. (Super specific, right? You’re welcome.)


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