Spoiler Specials

Slate Spoiler Specials: The Witcher

Should you toss a coin to your witcher?


Episode Notes

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams is joined by Benjamin Frisch, Rachelle Hampton, and Daniel Schroeder to discuss The Witcher, Netflix’s popular new show about a monster hunter. This show isn’t the first adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s work; critically acclaimed video games based on The Witcher have been released since 2007.

Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter with supernatural powers. But what exactly is a witcher? How will the Law of Surprise bring people together? Will Geralt ever find the girl in the forest he is destined to find? And what kind of transformation comes at the cost of removing one’s womb?

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About the Show

On Slate’s Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won’t read in reviews.

WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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  • Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.

  • Benjamin Frisch is the former senior producer of Slate's Decoder Ring and the author of the graphic novel The Fun Family.

  • Daniel Schroeder is a Slate podcast producer and freelance writer.

  • Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and reporter at Slate and co-host of ICYMI. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian Magazine, and In These Times. She still hasn't recovered from Tumblr’s demise.