Netflix’s tv show adaption of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series has been widely successful but it looks like there is a major controversy brewing for the streaming platform. One of the writers has come out and said that some of the writers are not a fan of the video games or the source material.
Former series writer Beau DeMayo wrote on Instagram that mentioned that some of the writers for The Witcher actively disliked the show.
“Some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games.”
“I’ve been on show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material.),” DeMayo wrote. “It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”
No names or instances were given. Now that DeMayo is not working on the Witcher series anymore, he is sharing his feeling and experience with the whole world. Netflix is not going to be happy about this but DeMayo has a point. If the writers aren’t a fan of the show, why are they even there? There are many fans of the show that would be eager to work on the Witcher if given the chance.
Netflix Needs to Address This Issue
Season two of the Witcher deviated away from the source material and now it makes sense. If the writers aren’t fans of the original plot, they don’t care much for it. Fans were angry about a fan favorite character getting butchered on the show and we now know why that was the case.
Netflix needs to come out and address this as soon as possible. Damage control is needed and fans of the show are going to be worried about the direction of the show. The writers that “actively disliked” the books and the video games should be reassigned because why are they even there. Writing for a show isn’t like a regular job and it is important for the writers to be fans. Otherwise, they won’t care about how the show turns out as they are not invested.
Let’s hope we see Netflix take some action or else they will have this dark cloud looming over their heads as season three is around the corner. Like many others, I am worried about how this season will turn out and this news does not make me excited. If there are any more deviations from the book, then fans of the books will be over the show and consider the tv show adaption by Netflix a failure.