Season two of Netflix’s smash hit series The Witcher isn’t set to debut until later this year, but the streaming platform is diving even deeper into the fantastical world. A limited prequel series is on the horizon. The Witcher: Blood Origin’s announcement comes as the franchise dives deeper into witcher lore and the brotherhood. The upcoming spinoff is set more than a century before the flagship series, in the Elven world before human intrusion. Here’s everything we know about the series.
What’s it about?
Set 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia’s adventures throughout the continent, The Witcher: Blood Origin explores the long-forgotten tale of the first witchers. 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.
Who’s in the cast?
Vikings actor Laurence O’Fuarain will lead the series. Queen & Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith was also cast in January, but Deadline reported in April that she left the project due to scheduling issues.. She was set to play Éile, who Netflix describes as “a fierce warrior with the voice of a goddess.” O’Fuarain, whose casting we learned about at Deadline, will play a warrior named Fjall. Here’s more information about Éile, who will be recast.
“Éile, an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption.”
“Born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King, Fjall carries a deep scar within, the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. A scar that won’t let him settle, or make peace with himself or the world around him. In his quest for redemption, Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies as he carves a path of vengeance across a continent in turmoil.”
Who is the creative team?
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. Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote the The Witcher books, will consult on the series.
Originally published on July 27, 2020, and updated on January 25, March 25, March 29, and April 8 2021.