With the release of the new trailer, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains why The Witcher isn't Game of Thrones: "When people ask me, 'Is it going to be the next Game of Thrones?”, I think: 'Well, I hope it’s that successful!' I want nothing more than for The Witcher to run season after season and have a huge following," Hissrich tells Variety. "That being said. I think that’s kind of where the comparisons end. One of the fun things we have on The Witcher is it’s not based in any (specific) historical time. Most fantasy is thought of as kind of medieval…But The Witcher takes place in sort of an unknown time and an unknown place. The other big thing story-wise where we differ…is that we are diving into the mystical a lot more. There’s magic and there’s monsters…I think for a long time television didn’t have a budget to really deal with monsters. Because it’s a really clever blend of prosthetics and also CG. And this was something that was really reserved for feature films. Gut Geralt is a monster hunter, so we can’t have a series without monsters…"