…was the name of the bard in the games. In case you were wondering about the name change to Jaskier, it’s Polish for Dandelion. Mystery solved.
And Jaskier has come up with the most ferociously tunneling ear-worm of 2020. Toss a Coin to Your Witcher.
The actor who played Jaskier swears it’s the most annoying song he’s ever heard in his life. “I’ve had that song in my head for eight months!”
He’s right it’s incredibly annoying and is the only reason I can think of to avoid the series.
Jaskier is a standard exposition and voice of the audience character, which is fine and all but he comes across as too contemporary. It’s like a hobbit that says, “LOL.” It just wouldn’t fit in the Lord of the Rings and Jaskier’s modern-day mannerisms just take you out of a fantasy story. The showrunners took a lot of risks with The Witcher. They were high rolling with the non-linear storyline and the risk-taking was genuinely refreshing. I’m glad it paid off for them because somebody else might try it now.
But fuck me, Jaskier is annoying.
Anyway here’s the best version of Toss A Coin that I’ve run into, a Russian folk choir that genuinely makes it sound like something from Rivia.