Netflix Is Making a 'Witcher' Prequel Series
'Blood Origin' takes place 1,200 years before the main series
Published Jul 27, 2020Season 2 of Netflix's hugely popular The Witcher series was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but production is back on next month. As if that weren't enough, the streamer has just announced a new prequel series.
Called The Witcher: Blood Origin, the six-episode season takes place 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher. The events of the prequel lead to the "conjunction of the spheres," if that's something that makes sense to you.
Executive producer Declan de Barra said:
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. 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.
Showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich added:
I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin. It's an exciting challenge to explore and expand The Witcher universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and we can't wait to introduce fans to new characters and an original story that will enrich our magical, mythical world even more.
As previously reported, Netflix's animated spinoff, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, is also in the works.