Season two of Netflix’s smash hit series The Witcher isn’t set to debut until next year, but the streaming platform is diving even deeper into the fantastical world. It just announced a limited prequel series set in the Elven world before human intrusion. Set 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia’s adventures throughout the continent, The Witcher: Blood Origin explores the long-forgotten tale of the first witcher.
Declan de Barra will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the six-episode limited series. The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is also executive producing, while The Witcher writer Andrzej Sapkowski will consult on the series.
From the official Netflix logline:
Set in an elven world 1200 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 Blood Origin announcement comes as the franchise dives deeper into witcher lore and the brotherhood. Season one focused on Geralt of Rivia’s lone witcher adventures. But season two will feature his mentor as well as other members of the witcher brotherhood.
In a statement released by Netflix, 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.”
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