‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’: Netflix Announces Prequel Series, Gets Author Andrzej Sapkowski’s Blessing
Confession time! I haven’t played The Witcher games because, well, I don’t have that kind of money. And I haven’t read the books because I wasn’t aware of the fact that they existed before the Netflix show starring the one and only Henry Cavill came out. And yet I absolutely loved the show and was raring to see how the story moves forward. However, it looks like the mystical world of series is going backwards instead.
Netflix has announced a prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin. It will be “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.”
Declan de Barra, the executive producer and showrunner said that,
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans?”
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who will be also be acting as the Executive Producer of The Witcher: Blood Origin said that,
“I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin. It’s an exciting challenge to explore and expand The Witcher universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and we can’t wait to introduce fans to new characters and an original story that will enrich our magical, mythical world even more.”
Fans will be glad to hear that the prequel series has received The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski’s blessing as well. He said,
“It is exciting that the world of Witcher – as planned in the very beginning – is expanding. I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books.”
According to The Witcher wiki, elves are one of the humanoid races that inhabit the Continent and those known as Aen Seidhe came on their white ships much earlier than humans, but after the other Elder Races. They apparently live much longer than humans and are usually “very attractive. In addition to them, there are other groups like Aen Undod, Aen Elle, Black Seidhe, and Wood Elves. And since The Witcher has shown very little of them, it will be interesting to see their genesis and how it is weaved into the central storyline. It will be shot in the UK.
Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India; GWENT: The Witcher Card Game