5 Scenes The Witcher Season 3 Lifted Straight From the Books (and Nailed)
The Netflix show unexpectedly started following the canon.
It's not big news that TV producers opt for changing certain story parts whenever they draw inspiration from books. After all, television and literature are different fields of art with different features. Nonetheless, fans tend to highly disapprove of any substantial alterations.
However, the fan-favorite actor has left the production after the latest season because, as rumor has it, he didn't approve of the direction the producers were taking the show, veering away from the source material. And as much as Netflix's The Witcher differs from Sapkowski's, season 3 has nailed these five key book moments:
5. The Thanedd Island Coup
Borrowed directly from Adrzej Sapkowski's novels, this pivotal moment was brilliantly conveyed on the Netflix show. Staged by Vilgefortz, the coup on the island of Thanedd proved to be the carnage of the mages as many perished at the hands of elves.
4. Tissaia's Suicide
Devastated by the bloodbath that took the lives of many of her friends, Tissaia was gnawed by guilt over her mistake that made the aforementioned coup possible. Equally tragic, the powerful sorceress took her own life, an event that also appears in Sapkowski's novels.
3. A Visit to Shaerrawedd
The scene that fully explained elves' hatred to the human race was absolutely crucial for better understanding of The Witcher's plot. Naturally, it was included in the show and followed Geralt and Ciri visit the ruins of Shaerrawedd where he educated her on the elven history.
2. Portal to the Korath Desert
Taking place in season 3's penultimate episode, Ciri's unexpected travel to the perilous Korath Desert was taken straight from the books by the show's producers. Chased by Vilgefortz, Ciri opened a portal at the Tower of Gulls that transported her to the faraway place, causing the building to explode and injuring the man along the way.
1. Ciri's Rescue
After her long trek across the desert, Ciri was taken hostage by some Nilfgaardian bandits and later rescued by the Rat gang who came to rescue one of their own, Kayleigh, who was also held hostage by the thugs, which exactly mirrors the events in Sapkowski's novels.