The Witcher Just Got The Worst Score In The Franchise’s History

The Witcher: Blood Origin has a very poor 8% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

By James Brizuela | Updated

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The Witcher has arguably been one of the most successful Netflix shows in history, however, the newest prequel spinoff series is not doing so great currently. In fact, The Witcher: Blood Origin is getting obliterated by both audience and critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes. The Michelle Yeoh-led series currently holds a 38% critic approval rating, with an embarrassing 8% audience approval rating on the review website.

To be honest, these poor scores for The Witcher: Blood Origin could be a result of everyone being far too upset about Henry Cavill exiting the original franchise series. Though that would mean that people on the internet are purposely review bombing the new series, it would not be out of the realm of possibility to be happening. It could also be that this story just does not have the same gravitas that Cavill’s original season does, leaving everyone to be honest about its misguided representation of The Witcher.

The Witcher: Blood Origin takes place some 1,200 years before Geralt of Rivia comes into the picture, and the story follows a mystical time when the age of elves was still prevalent. During this prequel series, it explains the lore of the novels much deeper, as the creation of the first Witcher happens. However, it could be that people are not buying into a more fantastical story and are wanting to see the more horror element that has been brought on by the original season.

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It is truly sad that Michelle Yeoh is in anything that is not beloved by everyone, as she has steadily been one of the most popular actresses in the world. She also skyrocketed back into superstardom with her amazing role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. However, it appears that coming over to the world of The Witcher just simply did not pan out for her.

The Witcher: Blood Origin is also only four episodes long, meaning that the story might not have been complete enough for some people. Though the episodes could be in the hour-long range, it might not be enough to tell a more complete story that everyone was likely hoping for. Also, Netflix could have been testing this series with four episodes just to determine if a second season would be viable.

Clearly, fans and critics agree that The Witcher: Blood Origin is not something they want to keep seeing. Netflix is certainly a stickler when it comes to programming that does not do well, and often cancels those programs. They are also known for canceling programs that are a hit amongst fanbases but not among critics.

Either way, it sounds like The Witcher: Blood Origin is only going to have one season moving forward. This could also be troublesome for the future of The Witcher franchise in general, as fans might just abandon anything that does not have to do with Henry Cavill’s Geralt. The reins are being passed over to Liam Hemsworth after the conclusion of the third season, but that could be what sends this franchise into the abyss.