Whether you have watched the adventures of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series or not, nothing can stop being the prequel standalone animated feature, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, from being a must-watch. In fact, if you have been putting off the necessary The Witcher binge-watching session, this recently released film is exactly what will change your mind.
Of course, there are going to be some mind-boggling aspects to the story which non-The Witcher watchers will find hard to understand but despite all that, it is impossible to not watch The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf without leaning forward in anticipation, eager to know more about the man who brought up the brave and badass Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill).
For those who are yet to binge the hell out of The Witcher, the main character of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf i.e., the Witcher, a hunter for hire to track and kill down monsters, Vesemir is the same mentor who guided Geralt. He is mentioned in the series a couple of times but never seen. But as he is all set to debut in the next season of the series (to be played by Kim Bodonia, not Theor James who voices the character in the film), it is best one gets acquainted with him and the plot ensures that the next time we see Vesemir, he is already a character we are rooting for.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf introduces to both the adult Vesemir and him as a kid via lengthy flashbacks, which do get tiring sometimes but they do their task- to establish the mentor of Geralt as a man who is tough, strict, never hesitates in doling out punishment but also as a person with a good heart who stands up for what is right, no matter the consequences. He does the right thing, even at the cost of going against the very foundation that gave him a purpose, even when it is a horrifying death that awaits him for his actions.
And of course, it helps that The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf answers a lot of questions that The Witcher left unanswered (for which it was heavily criticized as well). We now know what drove a once renowned and ever-growing clan of Witchers into near extinction, what led to the fall of the Witcher fortress Kaer Morhen, what led to the mutant breed of monsters, etc etc.
Halfway through the second half, you get the feeling that the story has now veered off towards building up The Witcher Season 2 as the plot of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf gets invested in introducing or at least name dropping characters that are set to appear in the upcoming chapter of the Netflix show. But despite the slight detours, the story is paced well enough to accommodate a little hype-building while establishing the past of the rich universe the original series has inducted its viewers into. If we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Witcher Season 2 before, after watching the events that led to the murky world that Geralt is trying to protect, now we are seriously doubting our chances of making it to December without cracking under the pressure of not knowing right away what happens next!