Netflix expands the “The Witcher” series universe: “The Witcher: Blood Origin” takes place 1200 years before the events of the series and tells the story of the first witcher.
Netflix continues to milk its new cash cow with relish: after the great success of the “The Witcher” series with the computer tinkering Henry Cavill in the leading role, the streaming company announces a spin-off that takes place in the same universe.
«The Witcher: Blood Origin».
The highlight: the series takes place about 1200 years before the events of the series. At a time, according to the Netflix announcement, when the worlds of monsters, humans and elves merged into one and the very first sorcerer was born.
The series is told in six episodes. So in two episodes less than the mother series. When it will be seen on Netflix is not yet known.
What exactly is The Witcher: Blood Origin about?
As a reminder, the setting for “The Witcher” is a nameless continent that had been settled by overseas elves several thousand years earlier. When they arrived, the elves met gnomes and dwarfs. After the war, the dwarves retreated to the mountains and the elves to the plains and forests.
Then, around 1500 years ago, the magical catastrophe, which is commonly referred to as “spherical conjunction”: a cosmic collision of several parallel universes, as a result of which numerous creatures that do not belong to the reality of the world were suddenly stuck there.
From this point on, all other traditions contradict each other: The elves claim that during the conjunction people also arrived and learned to use magic.
People, on the other hand, maintain that they only settled the nameless continent about five hundred years ago, together with demons and monsters from the parallel dimensions. Elves then taught humans to use magic to fight monsters – the first sorcerers. But people used the newfound knowledge to start a series of victorious wars against the races living on the continent: since then, non-human races have been considered second-class citizens who often live in ghettos within human settlements.
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So far, so contradictory. So that “The Witcher: Blood Origin” fits accurately into the world of the author Andrzej Sapkowskis – Sapkowski wrote the first “The Witcher” novels in the early 1990s – he is on board as a creative consultant.
The most difficult secret to keep
The series is again produced by Lauren S. Hissrich, who has already produced the “The Witcher” series and also acted as a show runner there. Apparently it had long been clear that a prequel series should be produced. Only nobody was allowed to talk about it until now. Hissrich:
It was the most difficult secret to keep. I have always wanted to delve deeper into the myth and traditions of the continent.
Declan de Barra takes on the role of the show runner in “The Witcher: Blood Origin”, who usually oversees all content, creative and administrative decisions. The latter had previously co-authored Netflix’s The Witcher:
Ever since I first read The Witcher books, I had been wondering what the Elven world was like before the catastrophic arrival of humans. I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations […], often associated with colonization and a rewriting of history. That is why I want to tell the true story of the Elven civilization before its fall and – above all – to reveal the forgotten story of the very first sorcerer.
This means that three “The Witcher” series or films for Netflix are in production: Firstly, there is the second season of “The Witcher”, which is due to be released next year – 2021.
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On the other hand, Netflix is also working on a “The Witcher” animation film called “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf”. Apparently it will focus on Vesemir, Geralt’s teacher and father figure at Kaer Morhen, where witches are trained.
Somehow it looks like Netflix is working on its own “The Witcher” Cinematic Universe, don’t you think?
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