Netflix announces prequel of its popular show ‘The Witcher’

Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of 'The Witcher, Blood Origin' will tell a story lost to time -- the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal 'conjunction of the spheres,' when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.

The Witcher Blood Origin

Netflix has decided to invest even further into the world of The Witcher. The popular streaming service has just given a go-ahead to a new limited series that will be a prequel to the popular and currently running ‘The Witcher’ fantasy series.

The new show will be called Witcher: Blood Origins and plans are to make it a six-part one-off limited series. However, there is no telling if Netflix plans to release further side projects to expand the world of Witcher or possibly continue the stories from the prequel if Blood Origins is popular.

Blood Origins

In a press release, Netflix revealed first details about the project:

“Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of ‘The Witcher, Blood Origin’ will tell a story lost to time — the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres,’ when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”

Declan de Barra who has been tapped as Showrunner and Executive Producer, stated: “As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall.

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How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”

There are no details yet on who will star in the project as of right now.

Netflix’s Breakout Hit

It doesn’t look like Henry Cavill, who played the lead Geralt of Rivia, will feature in the show but there is no telling which supporting characters from the show make their way on to this series. After all a large number of fantasy characters in the saga are immortal and The Witcher has already proven it is willing to bend time to make the story a little more interesting. A notable thing about the first series was that it was told out of order.

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In addition to handing out a series order to this show, Netflix has recently renewed teen drama Outer Banks as well as Germany’s biggest Netflix show How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast). In addition to giving the show a third season order, the service also confirmed that How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) was, in fact, the most streamed German show on the service. This is surprising given how well-liked and popular another German series, Dark is.

In January 2020, Netflix announced an animated spin off film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir

The Witcher’s first season in 2019 was seen by 76 million people according to Netflix. However, it is important to mention that Netflix measures a view by anyone who saw two minutes or more of a show, meaning that their numbers could certainly be inflated.

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Nonetheless, the performance of the Witcher must be pleasing for the streaming service to pour so much money into the show as well as side projects. The show is already renewed for a second season however it won’t hit Netflix until late 2021. Thanks to changes in the production schedule, audiences may well be waiting a little longer to return to the world of The Witcher.

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