The Witcher has been a hit franchise for Netflix and they’re making sure to take advantage of that interest with spin-off series. We already have two seasons of The Witcher down in the books, along with the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The next spin-off on the slate is the prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin which wrapped filming earlier this year. With all of the scenes filmed, now the post-production team is likely hard at work preparing it for its eventual release date. Reportedly, the new series will be hitting the streaming platform just in time for Christmas, with a December 2022 release date.
For fans of Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher novels and the popular video game series from CD Projekt Red, this influx of Witcher content has been a dream come true. Henry Cavill easily slid into the role of Geralt of Rivia and the seasons have been very popular despite being a little uneven in execution. Now The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell fans a new story from the universe, throwing us back 1,200 before Geralt of Rivia existed. According to the Netflix synopsis, the show will depict the Conjunction of the Spheres and the creation of the first Witcher. The Conjunction of the Spheres was a universe-changing event in Witcher lore when the worlds of monsters, humans, and elves merged into one.
While the Conjunction of the Spheres will certainly be an interesting event to see unfold, the creation of the first Witcher seems like it will be the primary focus of the series. The Witcher: Blood Origin is slated for six episodes, so it will have a lot of ground to cover in that short amount of time. In the lore, the Conjunction event and the creation of the first Witcher take place hundreds of years apart. It will be interesting to see what direction the series decides to go to cover this much Witcher history.
Declan De Barra is on as the showrunner and director of The Witcher: Blood Origin. With previous writing credits on several episodes of the mainline series, he is well-versed in the world Netflix is creating for the franchise. The cast has already been confirmed in full for the project, with Sophia Brown, Mirren Mack, Laurence O’Fuarain, Jacob Collins-Levy, Michelle Yeoh, Dylan Moran, Lenny Henry, Nathaniel Curtis, Francesca Mills, Huw Novelli, Lizzie Annis, and Zach Wyatt.
While it might be tough to wait to see Henry Cavill return as Geralt in Season 3 of The Witcher, at least Netflix is keeping fans sated until then. The third season is set to film this year, so we should hopefully see a 2023 release date. The Witcher also has an animated spin-off and a kid’s series in the work, so there is even more Witcher content to come. It looks like The Witcher: Blood Origin will be the next thing we see from the franchise, so at least we only have to wait until the holidays to get more of the Witcher universe.