Critics Hate The Witcher Prequel Series On Netflix

Critics have given The Witcher prequel series on Netflix a 39% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

By James Brizuela | Published

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The news surrounding The Witcher has not been great these past few weeks. Initially, Henry Cavill left the series behind, stunning most of the pop culture-loving world, but the news is now stating that he was rumored to be highly “toxic” and “sexist.” Now, The Witcher prequel on Netflix is getting destroyed by critics, as it currently has a paltry 39% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though that number can certainly go up in the coming days.

The Witcher on Netflix has begun to explore the expansive lore that has been built in the novel series and video games, however, it appears that even Michelle Yeoh has not been enough to make critics like this prequel series. The Witcher: Blood Origin takes place some 1,200 years before the events that bring Geralt of Rivia into the story. This new prequel series covers the creation of the first Witcher and what happened in the course of history that led to the “Conjunction of the Spheres.”

The ancient times of elves are also covered in this new The Witcher series on Netflix, which explains how they were also subsequently wiped out. While the premise of this new series sounds like it could be quite interesting, we would imagine that many fans have bailed on the idea of giving this new series a chance, considering that it doesn’t involve Henry Cavill. The critic review on Rotten Tomatoes states that “Blood Origin shares ancestral DNA with The Witcher but little of what makes the mothership series memorable.”

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Those are some quite harsh words, but sometimes when lore within a world is explored further in a different series or movie, it just doesn’t hit right with the casual fans. There are likely a ton of people who have watched The Witcher on Netflix, who have also never read any of the books by Andrzej Sapkowski or played any of the video games that also explore the world deeper. Most people switch on Netflix to watch something they have never heard of before, which could be why The Witcher was such a hit on the streaming app, to begin with.

The Witcher has been a smash hit on Netflix, but that is in large part because Henry Cavill was running the show, and now he has taken his unceremonious exit. There is certainly a black cloud hanging over the franchise currently, and it’s going to take some time for everyone to get over Liam Hemsworth now appearing as Geralt of Rivia. Also, there is still the third season to think about, which will be the final hurrah for Cavill and could be the last time that the series is popular.

We would like to state that listening to reviews and critics isn’t always the best course to take when determining if you like something or not, but The Witcher prequel series on Netflix might just not hit in the same way that its predecessor has. Still, Michelle Yeoh is a fantastic actress, so we hope the series is carried by her. Everyone can stream The Witcher: Blood Origin when it arrives on Netflix on Christmas day.