Whereas selling his new challenge, an animated X-Males collection with the working title X-Males ’97, Beau DeMayo contrasted it to his former job as a author on The Witcher, saying “among the writers weren’t [fans] or actively disliked the books and video games (even actively mocking the source materials),” and that “You must respect the work earlier than you are allowed so as to add to its legacy.”

Followers of The Witcher books who’re disenchanted with the Netflix adaptation’s dealing with of its source materials, in addition to followers of the brand new adaptation who’re upset that Henry Cavill is leaving the show after season 3, used this as ammunition to assault showrunner Lauren Hissrich on social media. On Instagram, where she posted a trailer for the prequel collection The Witcher: Blood Origin, they referred to as her a “Trash author” and accused her of mocking the books.

“I’ve by no means mocked the books,” Hissrich patiently replied. “The books are my whole livelihood, I’ve an awesome relationship with Mr. Sapkowski, and writers rooms are sacred and protected and — greater than something — supportive areas. Do not consider every thing you learn.”

After a commenter repeated Beau DeMayo’s remark, Hissrich responded, “I’ve nice respect for Beau, and the episodes he wrote! The striga episode is certainly one of my favorites. He wrote the one where folks got here to Kaer Morhen and Eskel died, which had quite a lot of backlash, however he was courageous in telling the story he needed to inform. It takes quite a lot of balls to try this. I respect that.”

Different writers at present engaged on The Witcher additionally responded to DeMayo’s feedback on Twitter. Javier Grillo-Marxuach mentioned “the rumors are false” and that there was “no ‘hate’ of the source materials in any respect.” Matt D’Ambrosio responded extra bluntly, calling them “an entire mess of lies from an ex-writer of the show.”

Blood Origin, most of which is about 1,200 years earlier than Geralt’s time, will debut on December 23. The Witcher Season 3 will observe in summer time, 2023, and will probably be Cavill’s final as Geralt earlier than he is changed by Liam Hemsworth.