Netflix’s The Witcher finally adds Zoltan, and it’s Kramer’s angry friend from Seinfeld

The cast of Netflix’s The Witcher has grown a little larger with the announcement of a trio of new characters who will be joining the action in the upcoming season 4, including one who will be very familiar to fans of the game trilogy: The dwarf Zoltan Chivay, one of Geralt’s closest friends, who will be portrayed by Danny Woodburn.

I didn’t recognize the name but when I looked at the promo photo I immediately thought, man, that looks a lot like the guy from Seinfeld. As it turns out, it is the guy from Seinfeld—that is, the guy who portrayed Kramer’s hot-headed friend Mickey Abbott. Which is a bit of a contrast to Zoltan, who (relative to Yarpen Zigrin, at least) is a thoughtful, cool-headed character, although still happy enough to bust you in half with an axe if the situation warrants.

Yeah, I can see it.  (Image credit: Netflix/CD Projekt)

It might seem odd to fans of The Witcher games that Zoltan is only joining the cast now, but that comes down to the fact that the Netflix series is based on the books, where his presence isn’t quite so significant. I haven’t read the books myself (yes, yes, call me a casual) but according to this interesting thread on Reddit, Yarpen is actually the more prominent character and closer to Geralt, but CD Projekt decided to swap in Zoltan, and even used some of Yarpen’s quotes from the books in the first Witcher game.

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