Lauren S. Hissrich, the showrunner of hit Netflix show The Witcher, has revealed that she plans on exploring the complex nature of lead character Geralt of Rivia’s disability, as outlined in the novels.
Being a fan of the series, the video games and only recently the books, I was totally unaware of Geralt’s disabilities. Sure I know of him referencing injuries, but details of his disabilities went over my head – and the heads of many other fans.
This oversight was quite possibly down to the fact that there is no mention of an actual disability in the video games from CD Projekt Red (at least to my knowledge).
Recurring injuries have been mentioned in the first season of the Netflix series but the details were not all that in-depth, and definitely didn’t raise the issue of Geralt’s chronic pain.
Thankfully, a The Witcher fan and disability consultant mustangart has brought a focus to the disabilities of Geralt of Rivia [via TheGamer]. The fan took to Twitter with a thread on the matter – and it just so happened to catch the eye of Hissrich.
Mustangart reveals that Geralt of Rivia actually becomes disabled during the concluding moments of the novel “Time of Contempt”.
Mustangart details that in the novel ,Geralt suffers a “severe injury that shatters his elbow and his thighbone and leaves him screaming in agony and delirious until the Dryads help him.”
Mustangart does state that while Geralt was “healed” in the Brokilon Forest, this only masked his injuries and Geralt would still suffer with pain in his elbow, hips, leg and more.
Despite being “healed” Geralt has to make adjustments to how he approaches combat, and even riding his house can bring additional pain in his everyday life.
The long series of tweets from mustangart caught the attention of Netflix’s The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich.
Replying with a retweet Hissrich said: “I haven’t stopped thinking about this thread. I’ve read these books a dozen times, these specific sections, and I’ve not thought of it further than: ‘Geralt has some pain, onto the next thing.‘
“I’ve been wrong. I’m excited to dig into this more. To add this layer to our hero.”
As a disabled man that has to deal with severe hip pain on a daily basis, I find it exciting that there will be representation coming to the show – especially in a character as strong and as powerful as Geralt of Rivia.
However, with production of season two of The Witcher already underway, it’s likely that we won’t see Geralt’s disabilities fully explored until the third season. Season two of The Witcher is expected to launch next year.
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