Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains to Vulture "what I misunderstood was what everyone was looking for in their entertainment. For me, and this has been a huge lesson on this project, I love to be challenged when I’m watching TV. I love to not understand everything in the beginning, and to know that if I keep watching and keep paying attention that the puzzle pieces will start to fall into place. Not everyone, it turned out, wants to do that. It was interesting talking to fans who said, “I didn’t have any idea what was happening in the timelines until episode four.” And I’m like, 'Yes! Exactly. That’s when it should have hit home' And to me, that was like a huge success. And yet, that viewer felt like they wanted to understand what was going on from episode one. It’s a great lesson to take out of this show. We are all turning up for different things. I’ve heard some people say they don’t want to watch a show about Yennefer, and I’ve heard some people say they are only watching this show because of Yennefer. I will continue to try to write television that I think is smart and challenging. I hope that fans will be along for that ride."