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Netflix announces a prequel series to The Witcher

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After a resoundingly successful first series, and a second series of The Witcher on the horizon, Netflix has announced a six-part prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin. Blood Origin will be set 1200 years before the first series. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who guided the complex narrative to Netflix fame in 2019, will be working on the show as an executive producer. No release date has been confirmed, but we can probably expect to see Blood Origin in either 2022, or 2023.

I am a massive fan of the series, I’ve played the games and (most importantly for a Literature Student) read all the books, and this concept is really exciting. Around 1200 years before the story of Geralt, Yen and Ciri, an event called the ‘Conjunction of Spheres’ took place. The world of the Witcher, populated with Aen Seidhe Elves, collided with another dimension, and a gate between the two opened. Through this gate came the humans, and the monsters (the two of which are increasingly indistinguishable the further into the Witcher story we progress).

Credit: IMDb

In the words of Netflix, Blood Origin will tell the story of how “the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be”. I think this is hinting that the story will follow the Conjunction, which is referenced continually but never directly explored, and show the emergence of the first Witchers.

When the time comes to pay subscriptions fees, I shall gladly toss a coin to Netflix

Credit: IMDb

While Blood Origin will be fascinating, Netflix viewers and long-time fans of the franchise will find their hearts are forever with Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri. The world of the Witcher is amazing, but it’s the narrative Sapkowski created which has grabbed readers, gamers and viewers alike since 1992. Either way, I cannot wait for either the second series of The Witcher, or The Witcher: Blood Origin. I expect both to be fantastic. When the time comes to pay subscriptions fees, I shall gladly toss a coin to Netflix, oh streaming site of plenty.

Last modified: 30th July 2020

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