Netflix Releases ‘The Witcher’s Bestiary’ for Season 1 of ‘The Witcher’

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The Witcher has halted production on season two due to COVID-19, and fans are anxiously awaiting more news as to when it begins again.

To keep us entertained, the cast and crew have been doing #TheWitcherBakeoff on social media (follow this hashtag for some real delights) and Netflix just dropped a short video highlighting many of the monsters seen in Season 1.

In this short video titled The Witcher’s Bestiary, the real mythologies behind the monsters are explained. From the menacing Kikimora in episode one ( titled “The End’s Beginning”) to the more illusive Selkie Maw episode (“Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”), the narrator takes us through the legends and stories of the monsters’ origins.

Slovic folk tales, the human hybrids from Greek mythology, Asian and Arabic folklore, and cursed humans from southern and eastern Europe are just some of the places we find the monsters that influenced the creatures seen in The Witcher. The monsters from episode six (“Rare Species”) aren’t featured, but viewers can leave a comment and they may turn up in a future post.

For those not familiar with the monsters in the world of Geralt of Rivia you can check out The Witcher on Netflix.

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By Kimm
Kimm is an independent researcher/writer/medievalist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Became a fan girl at age 7 after watching Star Wars, A New Hope. A sci-fi fantasy nerd, comic and gaming geek, with fandoms including DCEU, Marvel, Star Wars, Supernatural, The Witcher, and The X-Files. Currently writing a book on landscape and place identity in the TV series, Supernatural as well as an academic article on medievalism in The Witcher. Can be found fan-crafting in between writing, researching and travelling around Scotland. On twitter @kimmcurran
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