According to showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the Wild Hunt is the Thanos of the Witcher series on Netflix.
For Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the Wild Hunt is the Thanos of The Witcher series on Netflix and of the franchise in general. The showrunner and executive producer has very clear ideas on the matter. The Wild Hunt is often mentioned during episodes of The Witcher series but, as in the books, it mostly serves as a looming threat.
Moreover, this is also the case in Sapkowski’s novels , as admitted by Hissrich herself: “What I love, and this is how it’s set up in the books too, is that the Wild Hunt is a ‘portent of doom’,” she said. “They’re always just mentioned when war is coming, or a battle is on the horizon. And so they have this air of evil mystery around them. What we’re going to start doing [in the show] is beginning to understand where they came from and what they want. And so, like all characters in Sapkowski novels, we’re going to get a little bit deeper into them so they’re not just the evil skeletal bad guys.”
Hissrich then explained that the Wild Hunt was brought up so early in the series, even in the pilot episode of the first season, to let fans know that the team knows what’s important. After all, as she explains herself, fans know above all The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , which the Wild Hunt even brings in the subtitle. Even if the Netflix series is not yet at that point, it still wanted to create a bridge towards what is the best known reference for all.
Be that as it may, the introduction of the Wild Hunt is the subject of careful planning, even if not everything can simply be decided at the table: “I would love to say that all of that is planned out perfectly,” she said. “Some of it is, there are things that obviously we knew we wanted to tell over the first couple of seasons. Sometimes, though, it’s pure coincidence. There are things that I look back on in season one and I think ‘Thank God someone threw that line in there’, and we’ve continued to play with it and expand it in later series.”