No matter your feelings on the final season of Game of Thrones, there's no denying that there's a Westeros-size void left in our lives by the lack of George R.R. Martin–penned content. So while we wait for the Naomi Watts–led GoT prequel, we've got another fantasy-genre series to fill the Long Nights, so to speak.
Netflix just revealed its first trailer for The Witcher starring a very Legolas-looking Henry Cavill (yes, it's basically Lord of the Rings meets GoT, aka the most epic fantasy series ever), and we're already pretty much sold. It's got all the Thrones elements we miss: brooding dudes with long, luscious locks (Hey, Henry, will you please be our next Jon Snow?), thick Scottish accents, spectacularly massive war scenes, romantic relationships…the works.
But there's also some non GoT elements we're super excited for: scary, mythical creatures (that aren't ice zombies), pointy-eared elves, Cavill's biceps…we could go on.
The show, which is based on the novel series and video games of the same name, has Cavill's Geralt of Rivia take on monsters, witches and beasts with his supernatural "witcher" powers, sorta like Daenerys and her dragon-whispering skills, we guess? Or maybe more like Bran and his warging three-eyed raven powers?
Anya Chalotra plays Yennefer (Geralt's love interest) and Freya Allan stars as Ciri (the elven child princess that ends up in his care). Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (The Defenders) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones), Alex Garcia Lopez (Utopia) and Charlotte Brändström (The Disappearance) will direct the eight-episode season.
The Witcher is due out later this year.