The Witcher is an American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Set in a medieval world on a landmass known as the Continent, The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, who finds his destiny linked to the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) and the young Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan). The first season, which premiered on December 20, 2019, was based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, a collection of short stories that precede the main Witcher saga. The first season explores formative events that shaped the three lead characters, prior to their first encounters with each other. A second season was announced on November 13, 2019.