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The Single Worst Part Of The Witcher Season 1 According To Fans

Everything pre-2020 feels like a lifetime ago, so it's wild to think about how Netflix's "The Witcher" was released at the end of 2019. However, the madness that consumed the world only caused a brief halt to the series, which is in full swing, with the third season currently in production. With time and experience now a part of the show's resume, it's safe to say that some changes have occurred, and not just the kind where Jaskier (Joey Batey) grew his hair out. No, we're talking about growth via trial by fire. The first season was a testing ground for creating the world that Andrzej Sapkowski originally wrote. Since then, aspects of the production have been perceptibly adjusted, ideally for the better. 

In this way, fans look at where "The Witcher" started, lauding its victories, and grieving its failures. Here's what fans felt fell flat in the first season. 

The Witcher's writing was lackluster

In a subreddit dedicated to the Netflix series, u/ElsaJeanAsDeanerys posted a poll with a caption asking fans to vote for their least favorite aspect of the first season of "The Witcher." The options were as follows: special effects, actors, writing, music, and "all was good for me." The poll received approximately 350 votes, and over 200 of those votes were placed in the writing category. Nearly everyone in the comment section discussed the series by comparing it to "Game of Thrones" or with crude terminology often associated with bad faith arguments. 

Reddit user u/gitr_jnke came closest to a discussion by explaining, "the fact that the writing was so disjointed annoys me because the source material is absolutely fantastic. They just need to truncate parts (because some of those scenes drag on forever in the books) and tell a clean story. They took way too many liberties in the first season, IMO."

Building on that, a common criticism about the writing of "The Witcher" is that the intentionally random chronology didn't translate well to audiences. To its credit, "The Witcher" seemed to understand that this was an issue for viewers, so it altered the structure to create a more linear story for Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) in the second season.