Although The Witcher has achieved a significant amount of success on Netflix over the last few years, the creator of the show, Andrzej Sapkowski, has claimed that the streaming giant never listens to his ideas both for the show or potential adaptations.
Since it arrived on the platform, one of the biggest complaints has been that the show fails to adhere to its source material. This has been a source of significant frustration for both fans and some of the show’s cast, like Henry Cavill, who attempted to include more references to the original book.
According to Sapkowski, Netflix also dismisses any ideas that he has, even after visiting the show’s set.
“Oh well, the set was tremendous, tremendous, awesome,” Sapkowski joked at Cerealkillerz at Vienna Comic Con. “But no, maybe I gave them some ideas, but they never listen to me. They never listen to me. But it’s normal, it’s normal. ‘Who’s this? It’s the writer, it’s nobody.'”
Netflix recently announced that the show will conclude after its fifth season following the exit of Cavill. The initial announcement of his departure came in October 2022, which saw fans expressing their deeply-felt disappointment at the end of Cavill’s run as Geralt of Rivia.
It was then revealed that Liam Hemsworth would step into Cavill’s shoes as the monster hunter for the show’s fourth season, to which fans expressed outrage on social media, with many threatening to boycott the show.
Following this backlash, rumours circulated regarding the show’s future beyond season five. An anonymous source then disclosed to Redanian Intelligence that a future for The Witcher seemed doubtful.
“There’s no official confirmation for this yet, but we’ve been hearing recently that yes, Season 5 is very likely the final season of The Witcher on Netflix,” the inside source claimed.
It was reported that Cavill initially stood down from his role to free himself up for a Superman return. However, shortly thereafter, Cavill revealed that he wouldn’t be accepted back to the superhero franchise.
“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” he wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that.”