After backlash from Netflix, The Witcher star defends the ‘necessary’ death in Season 2.
Season two of THE WITCHER has sparked debate among fans of the original series of books, but a key character in the show has defended the showrunner.
By killing off a major character from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels and short stories in episode two of the second season of Netflix’s fantasy epic, fans were outraged.
Now, Paul Bullion, a recurring character on The Witcher, has explained why he thinks showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich made the right decision for the small screen adaptation.
In the second episode of the new season, Paul, who plays fellow witcher Lambert, defended the decision to kill off Eskel (played by Basil Eidenbenz).
Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) seek refuge in the witchers’ training grounds, Kaer Morhen, after a tense start.
Unfortunately, their sleep is disturbed when they discover Eskel has been tainted by a malevolent forest spirit known as a leshy.
Despite becoming a frequent companion and firm friend of Geralt in the books and video games, he is killed in the battle that follows.
Fans of the original story were outraged to learn that one of The Witcher’s most beloved characters had been cut from the Netflix adaptation so quickly.
Paul admitted to The Direct that he knew the decision would be controversial, but that he felt it was necessary to separate the television series from its source material.
“I knew there would be some fans who weren’t happy about it,” he explained.
“He’s one of the most popular members of the audience.”
The Witchers: Eskel, Lambert, and Con” have a lot of fan art and fan fiction.
“I think it would be a shock factor if you took any of those three Witchers away, excluding Geralt because he’s the lead.”
Thankfully, by the end of the new season, both Lambert and Con (Yasen Atour) were still alive.
If the series continues, hopefully Geralt’s other witcher companions will be safe, though fans have learned not to take chances when it comes to untimely deaths.
Moving forward, Paul believes that any adaptation of The Witcher should include enough twists and turns to keep fans of the original work on their toes.
“As a storyteller,” he continued.
“If you’re going to do a TV adaptation, I think you should.
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