Netflix’s new ‘Game of Thrones killer’ The Witcher has been a rip-roaring success story for the streaming service.
The show, which is loosely based on The Last Wish short story collection, a prequel to the main Witcher series of books, was released on December 20th and stars Superman actor Henry Cavill in the lead role as Geralt of Riveria.
However, there’s one thing about the franchise that left fans of the video games, books and series cold – the terribly confusing timelines and chronology.
The Witcher would be far less confusing if it told you that it wasn't all happening at the same time. I only know this because someone told me when I said I was confused about it.— Could be Lewis (@Papa_Warcrimes) 7 January 2020
Ok I really really liked The Witcher. The time jumps were insane and confusing but kinda understand why they did that. The script could be better? Overall, it was really good. I'm a sucker for fantasy. Hope S2 is better. pic.twitter.com/aVixs0zg89— Siq (@fergouldson) 8 January 2020
I'm really enjoying Netflix Witcher but not gonna lie, the timeline jumping kind of gets confusing at times.— Chris (@ScreenDude4K) 7 January 2020
I swear the Witcher makes no sense what’s this random time skips confusing af— Nani🔰 (@ClinicalNani) 7 January 2020
The show focuses on flashbacks showing the meeting of Geralt, Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalorta) and Ciri (Freya Allan).
Netflix were forced to release an official timeline for the show, which showcases that the first series takes place over 50 years.
Now the show runner Lauren Hissrich has joined the debate that rages about the confusing narrative.
“The narrative structure was put in place so that we could tell Geralt’s short stories (the foundation of the whole Witcher world, in my opinion), while Ciri and Yennefer could also be a part of the action,” she wrote during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session.
“They’re stories don’t happen simultaneously, so we knew we needed to play with time a bit. This will definitely change in season two, as they’re stories have begun to converge.”
She admitted on the platform that she didn’t see the the criticism coming about the timeline confusion.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect this to be one of the most hotly-contested part of the series. I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘I didn’t figure it out until episode 4!’ – which is exactly when we expected people would do it,” she explained.
“I think it’s a matter of personal choice. I like movies with structures I have to figure out as I go — other people may not.
“In this case, the people who hated it will luck out, because season two is structured differently,” she confirmed – in an exciting twist that may mean that season two is more straightforward.
So even if the first series wasn’t to your taste, maybe series two will be worth a re-evaluation.