The burning question on every Witcher fan’s mind when it comes to Netflix’s upcoming series is this one: Does Geralt lounge in a washbasin at any point? We all know the scene from The Witcher III – it’s a pause in the action, and a tender moment between Geralt and Yennefer. For better or worse, it’s become one of the most memorable images from the game.
So will that scene – or one like it – be making the jump to the show? Fortunately, io9 was on hand during a press roundtable with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich to ask that very question.
“There is a bathtub this season,” Hissrich said. “I won’t tell you who’s in the bathtub, but there’s a bathtub.”
So the answer is: Maybe, sort of.
One thing to bear in mind about The Witcher series Netflix is producing is that it an interpretation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels rather than the games, which themselves were interpretations of the original novels. That means you’re inevitably going to wind up with ‘discrepancies’ between the two, as one person will imagine a scene in a written story differently than another will.
Now, that said, there’s plenty of room for a later work to reference one that came earlier, and it’s a good bet that Hissrich and company will weave in a few wry references to the games that have made The Witcher a popular property outside its native Poland.
After all, CD Projekt Red’s games are the reason most of us are familiar with Geralt and his friends to begin with, and why we’re excited to see the show.
But based on the recently-released trailer, it’s clear Hissrich is very much plotting her own course through the Witcher’s world, and so bathtub scene or not, we’re excited to see a new story about Geralt, Ciri, Yenn, and whoever else shows up in the series when it debuts this fall.