The Witcher: New fantasy series to stream on Netflix

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After the final season of Game of Thrones, you might be looking for your next fantasy TV binge. While other shows have attempted to fill this void, Netflix may be onto a winner with its new original series, The Witcher.

Based on a book series, which was also adapted into a hugely popular series of video games, The Witcher stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Justice League, The Tudors) in the role of Geralt of Rivia, with Freya Allan cast as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg. The entire season 1 of The Witcher is released on 20 December, 2019, and the series has already been renewed for a second season. Let’s take a look into what you can expect from The Witcher, and whether it’s the next fantasy show to fill the dragon-shaped Game of Thrones void in your life.

What is The Witcher about?

Ciri from The Witcher on Netflix in a forest
Source: Netflix

While ‘The Witcher’ saga is perhaps more well-known from its popular video games from CD Projekt Red, the show will take its influence from the books written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

We follow the story of our main protagonist, a ‘Witcher’ named Geralt of Rivia. Witchers are men who have been subject to training and experiments, which result in mutations that grant them superhuman physical and mental abilities. Geralt is working as a ‘monster-hunter for hire’, in a world where Witchers like him are not the most popular people to have at the dinner table. The show is set on a Continent of magic and beasts, where humans are the dominant species and wars have thrown the world into turmoil.

Geralt meets a young princess called Ciri, who has some big secrets. Along with the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, these three characters will have to navigate this turbulent world together, which will no doubt to be filled with plenty of magic, action, beasts and bathtubs (fans of the game will certainly be looking forward to that iconic moment). You can check out the trailers for an idea of what you can expect from the show.

The Witcher teaser trailer

The Witcher main trailer

The Witcher final trailer

The Witcher Season 1 Episode list

Still of Geralt from The Witcher on Netflix
Source: Netflix

The entire first season will be available to stream in one hit from 20 December, 2019. There are eight episodes in season one and here is the episode listing:

  • Episode 1 — The End’s Beginning
  • Episode 2 — Four Marks
  • Episode 3 — Betrayer Moon
  • Episode 4 — Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials
  • Episode 5 — Bottled Appetites
  • Episode 6 — Rare Species
  • Episode 7 — Before a Fall
  • Episode 8 — Much More

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Looking for some family-friendly streaming? Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, with something for the whole family, including Marvel and Star Wars. So how can you get a subscription? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
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Netflix subscriptions compared

If you’re keen to binge The Witcher, you’ll need a Netflix subscription. Netflix is one of the biggest streaming services with plenty of shows and movies to keep you entertained, especially its string of successful Netflix Original shows and movies.

Basic Plan Standard Plan Premium Plan
Monthly price $9.99 $13.99 $17.99
HD available
Ultra HD available
No. of screens you can watch on at the same time 1 2 4

Best internet plans for Netflix

Netflix releases a report on NBN speeds for Netflix streaming every few months. As of October 2019, these are the top five providers for streaming Netflix in Australia:

If you’re looking to make the switch to any of these providers, the following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database from the above providers, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This table may contain links to referral partners.

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