Netflix cut graphic battle scene from The Witcher where Geralt was eaten alive and tore through monster’s guts
NETFLIX cut a graphic battle scene from The Witcher where Geralt of Rivia was eaten alive and tore through a monster’s guts.
The TV adaptation of the popular books and video game has been a huge hit for the streaming service after it premiered last month.
It stars Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt and sees him tackle a range of beasts and creatures, including a Selkie Maw in episode four.
Geralt was seen arriving at an inn covered in blood and guts, explaining to stunned bystanders he had to "get it from the inside".
While viewers didn't see the killing take place, The Witcher's writer and musician Declan de Barra has revealed they were originally supposed to.
Taking to Twitter, he shared a sketch of a snake-like creature and wrote: "In 104 we meet Geralt after he has killed a beast called a Selkie Maw.
"Originally he was going to be swallowed by it, cut his way out & be chased by fifty squirming baby selkie maws.
"Sketch I made when pitching to room…”
Meanwhile, The Witcher's showrunner Lauren Hissrich has defended cutting Geralt's dialogue in the series.
The character has proven to be the embodiment of the strong, silent type on the fantasy drama.
In fact, many viewers took to social media to bemoan the fact that the white-haired combatant seemed to rely on grunting and sighing for the majority of his conversations.
But during a Reddit live Q&A, Lauren revealed that Geralt originally had a lot more dialogue in the scripts, but she decided to strip things back to avoid the sense that he was over-explaining things.
She said: "In the first episode, Geralt did speak a lot. We ended up cutting a lot of his dialogue because once we had it on its feet, it didn't feel real, or how a person would actually talk.
“Henry and I worked intensely together to make sure he seems incredibly smart, still has his dry wit, and can still hold his own with Calanthe and others – but also, he seems like a person who doesn't always want to be a part of the conversation, or to let others into his every thought."
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