Despite Polish author Andrezj Sapkowski being the author of the source material for Netflix’s Witcher series, there actually wasn’t all that much of Andrezj Sapkowski on the Witcher itself. This was apparently by the author’s own choice, in order to preserve the show’s creative freedom, though he intervened when necessary.
The Witcher series is based on Sapkowski’s books, rather than the CD Projekt RED games that were also based off of Sapkowski’s work. The series follows three different characters, the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, the witcher Geralt of Rivia, and the fallen princess Cirilla (or Ciri), as they travel the Continent to find each other along with resolving their own plotlines.
Sapkowski actually said that he was pleasantly surprised with how The Witcher turned out, as he said when he writes he doesn’t see images, only the words on the page, and so seeing his books brought to life in video games or TV shows often surprises him.
Even without Andrezj Sapkowski on the Witcher series, the series has proven to be a revitalizing jolt to the franchise. Along with record numbers of people returning to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Sapkowski’s books have also found renewed popularity, with 500,000 copies being reprinted and sold just in the United States.
The series itself has also found a large amount of success, though in the minds of many critics it hasn’t beat Game of Thrones, despite the controversial ending of the series. Many actual fans of the franchise have rated it highly, with particular praise directed at Henry Cavill’s performance as Geralt.
As for the opinions of Andrezj Sapkowski on The Witcher, particularly season 2, he suggested that fans of the series keep their expectations low so that we would always be pleasantly surprised. The Witcher’s second season will likely be coming out sometime in 2021.