Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich responded to The Witcher fans and insisted that she “never made fun of the books” that the video games and Netflix show are based on.
The fury began when writer Beau DeMayo – now working on X-Men ’97 – said some of his colleagues in The Witcher’s writing room were “actively mocking” source material written by Andrzej Sapkowski.
“I’ve been on a show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers either disliked or actively disliked the books and games (even actively poking fun at the source material),” DeMayo said in an interview. in October.
“It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale,” he added. “Fandom as a litmus test checks egos and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the job before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”
Since then, The Witcher fans have flooded Hissrich’s social media channels with complaints about the series thus far, and the vitriol has intensified since we learned Henry Cavill was walking away from the adaptation. from Netflix’s The Witcher.
“I’ve never made fun of books,” Hissrich responded to critics on Instagram, breaking his silence on the matter. “Books are my livelihood. I have a great relationship with Mr. Sapkowski, and the writers’ rooms are sacred and safe and – more than anything – supportive spaces. Don’t believe everything you read.”
“I have a lot of respect for Beau and the episodes he wrote!” Hissrich added later when someone quoted DeMayo’s words to him. “The striga episode is one of my favorites. He wrote the one where people came to Kaer Morhen and Eskel died which had a lot of backlash but he was brave in telling the story what he wanted to say. It takes a lot of balls to do that. I respect that.”
His response was backed up by current writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who insisted that “the rumors [about mocking the material] are wrong,” while Matt D’Ambrosio called DeMayo’s comments “a whole mess of lies from an ex-screenwriter of the show”.
the rumors are wrong, i was there every day of s3 and experienced a workplace that was not only great, and no “hatred” of the source material.
— javier grillo-marxuach (@OKBJGM) December 5, 2022
In Cavill’s place, The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth would reprise the role of Geralt of Rivia for the show’s fourth season. Now, Netflix is doing what it can to reassure fans that while this will clearly be a change for the show, it will also bring a “different energy” to the show that the producers are excited about.