Netflix’s big-budget TV series adaptation of The Witcher (based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy novels, and not the popular video game series that, confusingly, is also based on Sapkowski’s books) has gotten one final trailer to hype up the show before its December 20th release date. And it looks... pretty great?
It’s no secret that studios have been looking to their bookshelves in search of any fantasy series to adapt in an effort to fill the enormous (and profitable) market that Game of Thrones recently vacated earlier this year. Netflix is betting on The Witcher, which stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, the titular monster hunter.
Epic battles and everyone’s favorite horse
It’s not a terrible idea, given that The Witcher has already shown that it can make the jump from book to video game, and has a wide fan base across the two mediums that will likely be enthusiastic about the new Netflix show. On the other hand, one only need look at the last major fantasy adaption — the Harry Potter films — and the legions of failed also-rans that tried to cash in on that success to see that Netflix will still have an uphill battle on its hands here.
While the new trailer doesn’t showcase any more of the signature bathtub scene that has become one of the game version’s most iconic memes, it does give the best idea yet of the scope of the series (which makes sense, given that those flashier VFX sequences are probably complete a week away from release.) There are epic battles, dark magic, and an appearance from fan-favorite character Roach, Geralt’s horse.
The Witcher premieres on Netflix on December 20th.