After the original series received so much praise, Netflix was more than ready to green-light The Witcher: Blood Origin – the prequel to the original project based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels.
1,200 Years Before The Witcher
Netflix was quick to tease The Witcher: Blood Origin to the original show’s fans. Showing the project off in the post-credits of The Witcher’s second season was probably one of the best tactics to stir up excitement. Fans might’ve already noticed that the new show has been in the works for some time now, especially because the trailer was released a while ago. Sources state that Blood Origin had to be reshot a few times. Interestingly enough, Jaskier (Joey Batey) was even added as a narrator, delaying production a bit further. So, having been teased so early in the year, when will The Witcher: Blood Origin finally come out? Per Netflix’s official announcement, the series will premiere on Christmas Day on the streaming site.
The new series takes place long before all the characters fans know and love existed, including Geralt of Rivia. In fact, it will tell fans how the first of Geralt’s kind was created! In addition to the story of the witchers, we’ll see the universe of the elves for the first time. Set 1,200 years before the main story, Blood Origin takes place when the continent was free of humans and monsters, before the Conjunction of Spheres happened and all three worlds were joined by an apocalyptic force.
What To Know About Blood Origin
Apart from the trailer, the official Twitter account for Netflix’s The Witcher also shared a few sneak peeks into The Witcher: Blood Origin. The story is focused on the elves’ Golden Era, the best times of their civilization before the crisis. Despite that, there are a few political issues surrounding the elves’ society, like a difference in factions. Meanwhile, the dwarves are facing the same discrimination that the elves do in The Witcher.
“We have a character who’s crucial in the books in terms of their prophecies,” said The Witcher scriptwriter Declan de Barra, possibly referring to Aen Ithilinne, who foreshadowed the end of the elven world. De Barra added that Blood Origin will talk more about the Trial of the Grasses and the lore around the first witcher. The prequel will also dig into the characters’ backgrounds, showcasing how they influenced the history of the original series. When it comes to the cast, Michelle Yeoh will play Scian, the last member of a nomadic elven tribe. Minnie Driver will be Seanchaí, an elven shapeshifter. Other names associated with the project include Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Mirren Mack, Dylan Moran, and many more.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will have four episodes, each around an hour long. But don’t worry about running out of Witcher content. Season 3 of The Witcher, the original story, will follow right behind Blood Origin in the summer of 2023. Not many details are known about this next installment, but it’s certain that it will continue the story of Geralt of Rivia (played by Liam Hemsworth starting in season 4), Ciri, and Yennefer.