The Witcher Showrunner Responds To Claims She 'Mocks' The Books

The Witcher Showrunner Responds To Claims She 'Mocks' The Books
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Tarran Stockton


12th Dec 2022 11:17

The Witcher showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, has shot back at accusations of her and the show's writing team mocking the source material, after an ex-writer suggested the team actively disliked it. 

Things aren't exactly going well in the world of The Witcher right now, and after Henry Cavill was spectacularly replaced by Liam Hemsworth, the show's team isn't exactly popular right now.

Lauren Hissrich Defends Herself And Other Writers On The Witcher

Lauren Hissrich Defends Herself And Other Writers On The Witcher
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In October, an ex-writer on Netflix's The Witcher, Beau DeMayo, revealed that writers on the show would openly mock the source material, before adding, "You have to respect the work before you're allowed to add to its legacy".

This - along with the revelation that Geralt of Rivia actor Cavill would be leaving the show - led to fans of the source material attacking Hissrich and the other writers. 

After posting a trailer on Instagram for the prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, commenters parroted the claims of DeMayo and her ridiculed her writing talent. This most recent wave of hate finally prompted Hissrich to respond, shooting down the accusations in a reply. 

"I've never mocked the books. The books are my entire livelihood, I have a great relationship with Mr. Sapowski, and writers rooms are sacred and safe and - more than anything - supportive spaces. Don't believe everything you read." 

What Have The Other Writers On The Show Said In Response To DeMayo?

Hissrich isn't the only writer on The Witcher who got sick of the claims, with others responding on their personal Twitter accounts.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach claimed "the rumours are false," and stated there was "no "hate" of the source material at all." While Matt D'Ambrosio called out DeMayo, calling his claims "a whole mess of lies from an ex-writer of the show." 

Currently, this whole ordeal is still a big case of he said, she said. It's unlikely we'll find out the truth of it anytime soon. The next season of The Witcher is set to debut in the summer of 2023, and will be Henry Cavill's final appearance as Geralt before Liam Hemsworth takes on the role. 

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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