I only liked The Witcher after doing these two things

I’m shocked to say that in fact I to like The Witcher on Netflix. Not that it should be a huge surprise, it’s hugely popular (and one of the best Netflix shows). But I just didn’t get it at first. And it became a nagging concern in the back of my mind – that I was fully aware of a pop culture blind spot that I should have corrected.

Trying to watch The Witcher shouldn’t have been that complicated. I should have been able to give it a chance and give up. But something kept telling me I should be on the show. Not only does The Witcher seem to have a soft spot in a lot of my friends’ conversations – leaving me feeling left out – but it exerts a strong hold over the audience, becoming perhaps one of today’s biggest shows. hui. And Netflix even gave The Witcher season 3 the green light even before the second season arrived.

But I didn’t really click with the show. Trying to watch the first episode a few times (at least twice), I just wasn’t really interested in it. I wrote it as “I don’t often touch swords and witchcraft.”

Luckily, I threw a coin or two at my local Witcher fanatics, and got the exact advice I needed.

Newbies to The Witcher may need to read while they watch

Watching Marvel Movies On Disney Plus With My Parents Got Used To The Way They Watch all with subtitles. They are right at that age and level of hearing where it is a necessity. Me, believing that I was too young to need subtitles, I didn’t even know it would be the thing I needed. But while lamenting my failure to get The Witcher, someone asked me, “Did you try to turn on the subtitles?”

It all made sense. The world of The Witcher has its own set of towns and specially named people, and I was getting too confused to follow. On top of all that, I would have realized later, the show was telling its story at different times. But being able to see words like “kikimora” and “Blaviken” on my screen has helped me a lot. The first, I know now, is a monster and the second is a city. But these two terms could have been traded for each other, and they would both have adapted.

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Then, before realizing it, I was finally able to follow the meeting with the mage Stregobor (Lars Mikkelsen). I don’t know the people who haven’t played the games or read the books, but the backstory of this mage who settled in a tower that another mage named Irion created, and calling Geralt here to explain the curse of the Black Sun? A little confusing.

And it all clicked a bit easier when subtitles from a previous scene helped me remember who Renfri (Emma Appleton) was and why we weren’t supposed to believe Stregobor that she was a threatens.

The subtitles also helped me keep track of what was going on in Cintra Castle. Princess Cirilla is also called Ciri, and she jokes with her grandmother Queen Calanthe and her husband Eist – all before the invading army Nilfgaard slaughters Cintra.

Which brings me to the second half of how I really got into The Witcher.

Relax and take notes

Then, just as I was about to start watching, my friend Alyssa Mercante (editor of our sister site GamesRadar +) gave me the other piece of the puzzle. After learning that she was an über-Witcher expert, I asked her if she had any advice. She, ironically, was so entrenched in the books that her initial hiccups (if you can even call it that) were about the differences.

Some shows require a little (or a lot) of extra care.

Eventually, she suggested that a “little cheat sheet and a little map” would be helpful. In turn, I understood that this advice meant “just create a small written document”. I opened Bear (my favorite notes app) and started taking notes about it. The character names were bolded and I organized my notes on where things were going, with a Blaviken section and a Cintra section.

This time, when I finished Episode 1, I left feeling like I understood what happened, rather than confusion.

The real lesson the witcher taught me

So what has changed? To break it down to the simplest levels, I remembered the names of the characters and the cities and understood the alliances because I was more attentive.

And it was more than worth it. I went through the rest of Season 1, then watched Season 2. Hilariously, some of my grades turned out to be irrelevant. We haven’t seen young Marilka, who has been helping Geralt find Stregorbor’s lair since.

But that’s just going to show me that some shows require a little (or a lot) of extra care. So, I end with my silliest New Years resolution: to stop half-watching shows and movies on TV and playing with my phone during them. I’m sure it couldn’t have helped.

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