Complaining about The Witcher TV series? You don’t know jack shit about how television is made, says show writer

By Matt Martin
10 May 2018 10:33 GMT

What’s that saying about opinions and assholes?

There’s a vocal community of The Witcher fans seemingly disturbed that the upcoming Netflix TV series is being written and directed by a team including female writers and people of colour, and that fact will somehow make their work unfaithful to the original story and lore of the books on which its based.

But show writer and runner Lauren Hissrich isn’t having any of those entitled bullshit opinions.

As day one began of the writing process, opinion-havers took to Twitter to complain directly to Hissrich about the team. But she was quick to shoot them down, pointing out that diversity isn’t an issue when creative writing.

When another complained about two writers in particular, who between them have experience on hits such as Daredevil, The Americans, Jessica Jones and The Tick, Hissrich went all in:

“Have these complainers read these writers’ scripts? Have they sat with them and asked about their history with and relationship with the material? Or their favourite short stories, or how they connect with a character? Do they, in any way, know these writers at all?” she responded.

“Because – and I’m not directing this at you, but since you’re the one who brought this up – if these complainers haven’t? Then they know jack shit about how television is made, and aren’t worthy of an opinion about writers they’ve never met.”

Mic drop.

You can read the full exchange captured in the tweets below.

Hissrich has previously revealed a list of potential characters for The Witcher TV show, including Ciri, Rigis and Roach, alongside someone called Geralt.

Turning the conversation more positive – and exciting for those looking forward to the show – Hissrich also went on to discuss the writing process for The Witcher, which will so far consist of eight episodes for series one, airing sometime around 2020.

So don’t worry. There will be action. There will be sex. Roach might get stuck on a house, but whatever, Hissrich and her team seem to be confidently in control and no amount of moaning from a community, no matter how small or loud, is going to make a damn bit of difference.

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