In an interview with Netflix Behind the Scenes podcast, Witcher revealed to musicians who were his favorite “a coin toss for his Witcher” cover of the show’s mega-hit Cannes Worm. The show as a whole has been incredibly popular, but the song Surprise has been an extraordinary element and has taken on a life of its own. It was released as a single ahead of the rest of the show’s soundtrack and has inspired covers in all sorts of genres.
The song appears in the show’s second episode, “Four Points,” when Bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) spins a fictional story of his adventure with Rivia (Henry Cavill) ‘s Witcher Geralt. The song describes Geralt’s valor in defeating an entire army of dwarves and “devils” in their employment. The story is far less exciting. Geralt and Jaskier were captured by some elves and a friendly Sylvan and survived only after Geralt spoke their way into their captors. Nevertheless, Jaskier takes away from the version of events and earns some fame for him and Geralt in many countries on the continent.
With the song somehow even more popular in real life than it is on the show, composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli went into detail behind the scenes (via Comic Book) about what fan feedback meant to them. Ostinelli said, “It’s amazing. It’s just so cool to see because seeing how many happy fans are having with this song every day; it’s really the idea that we were behind.” For The spoke, understood, “We wrote this song with so much fun, so much passion, and we were hoping that it would translate into lyrics, and fans are picking on it.”
Meanwhile, Belousova was impressed by the variety in the cover, adding that, “It’s unbelievable, because there’s anything from super, super classical to hard rock and metal.” The same way that Witcher attracted many different types of fans, Hai, it also attracts many kinds of cover. When asked about their favorites, the pair singled out a cat opera adaptation titled “Toss a shrimp for their kitty” from FatCatArt.com and a Russian folk cover by Omsk Philharmonic. See them below:
Jaskier’s comedy and catchy tunes were a welcome addition to the series, and his popularity has gone a long way to selling Geralt’s seemingly overnight transformation from the online scare “Blaviken’s Butcher” to a welcome appearance on a beloved celebrity Royal banquet. The first season has been a stellar hit with many stellar original songs such as “Cintra’s Last Rose” and “White Wolf’s Songs,” but there’s no denying the “toss a coin toss for his witcher.” The possibility of a hit is coming when Witcher returns for season 2 in 2019.
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