The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel series to The Witcher, finally has a release window. Netflix has announced that the new series will premiere this December.
Other details are under wraps, but we’ve been waiting a long time for Blood Origin to arrive. The series is set 1,200 years before the events of the main Witcher series and a trailer, which you can check out above, first debuted in December of last year as a post-credits sting for Witcher Season 2.
One reason for the long wait may have been some production issues along the way. According to previous reports, Blood Origin was initially running for six episodes, but was cut down to four. Reshoots and edits were carried out “in an attempt to bring Blood Origin closer to the main series, as well as polish and cut some of the material that was deemed weak”. Consequently, despite this taking place well before the main series, the bard Dandelion will now play a much larger role in the miniseries. It is speculated that he could act as the story’s narrator, providing actual interludes between scenes or episodes.
Sophia Brown is the protagonist of The Witcher: Blood Origin and will play Éile, a warrior of the Queen’s Guard. Another major player is Michelle Yeoh’s Scian, “the last member of a nomadic tribe of sword elves on a quest to retrieve a sword stolen from his people.” She joins the Laurence O’Fuarain couple as Fjall, “a man born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a king.”
The official synopses read: “Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost in time: the origin of the first Witcher and the events leading up to the ‘pivotal conjunction of the spheres,’ when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged to become one.”
The Witcher: Blood Origin news was announced during Netflix’s Tudum event. To learn more about the streamer, check out the best Netflix shows.