‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Prequel Series Will Delve Into The Past

The Witcher universe on Netflix plans to travel back into the mist-filled past to chart the future course of the popular series.

The streamer this week announced a six-part limited series–The Witcher: Blood Origin–that will spin off from the Henry Cavill-led series currently heading into its second season, as reported by collider.com.

No production or casting details about the prequel have been revealed yet–mainly due to the restraints inherent with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic–but what is known is that the series will take place in “The Witcher universe” and will be set some 1,200 years before the time of the flagship show.

The main storyline–which reportedly will take place in an Elven world–will relate a story “lost in time” as it searches out the origins of the first Witcher. The plot also will deal with the events that lead up to the “conjunction of the spheres” when the worlds of men, monsters and Elves became one.

Declan de Barra–who wrote a Season 1 episode of The Witcher–will serve as showrunner and also will act as executive producer, along with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

Both series are based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, who will be on board as a creative consultant on Blood Origin. “It is exciting that the world of The Witcher–as planned in the very beginning–is expanding,” he said.

The Witcher, as reported here in Horror News Network, is expected to resume shooting its second eight-episode season in the UK–following a delay due to the virus crisis–on Aug. 17. Season 2 of the show is slated for a 2021 debut, with no specific date yet announced.

The show, as fans know, follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia (Cavill)–a magically enhanced monster hunter known as a Witcher–who is linked by destiny to Princess Siri (Freya Allan). Geralt is joined on his quests by Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), an Elf sorceress, and Jaskier (Joey Batey), a traveling bard.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Season 2 of The Witcher and the future plans for Blood Origin.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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