In 2019, Netflix released the highly anticipated first season of their new fantasy TV series, The Witcher. Based on the book series of the same name Andrzej Sapkowskithe show eventually follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a magical mutant that hunts monsters. On his travels, Geralt crosses paths with a powerful sorceress named Yennifer (Anya Chalotra) and discovers that it is his destiny to marry a young princess named Ciri (Freya Alan), who has dangerous abilities.
Following the hype and reception of the first season, Netflix announced in July 2020 that a prequel miniseries titled was in the works The Witcher: Origin of the Blood. It was developed by Declan deBarra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Main series showrunner). When The Witcher The second season was released in December 2021 during the last episode’s credits, fans of the witcher The universe was surprised to see an intriguing first taster of the prequel series. Now, almost a year later, the time has finally come!
The Witcher: Origin of the Blood promises an exciting trip down memory lane to present an epic event that changed this world forever. So while we eagerly await its release, check out everything we know so far about this exciting upcoming miniseries!
When and where will The Witcher: Blood Origin be released?
The Witcher: Origin of the Blood is currently premiering on Netflix on Sunday, December 25th. Like the main TV series, it’s also exclusive to Netflix, so you can’t stream it anywhere else. You can visit the show’s landing page on Netflix here:
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How many episodes will there be?
Since this is a miniseries The Witcher: Origin of the Blood will only contain 4 episodes. It has not yet been revealed how long the episodes will be.
When the miniseries was first announced in July 2020, six episodes were originally greenlit. However, co-creator de Barra explained in an interview back in September that during the editing process, the creative team found that the story flowed better in four episodes than in six.
Is there a trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin?
There definitely is! After a few brief glimpses, an official Netflix ‘teaser trailer’ was finally released on November 11, 2022. It doesn’t reveal too much about the story (more on that later!), but looks very exciting and has action-packed chapters in it witcher to explore the universe.
Curiously, the trailer also contains very little dialogue aside from those ominous four words: “All beginnings. All ends.” It won’t be long before we can unravel the meaning behind this proverb, its relevance to witcher History and lore and what this could mean for our main characters in the main series in the future.
When and where was The Witcher: Blood Origin filmed?
The Witcher: Origin of the Blood Filming began in August 2021 in the UK. Much of the series was filmed at Arborfield Studios, where the main series also filmed its last two seasons, and likely its upcoming third. It was announced by series co-creator Declan de Barra that filming would resume The Witcher: Origin of the Blood had officially wrapped on November 21, 2021, meaning the miniseries could then go into post-production.
Reshoots for the series then took place in April 2022, reportedly lasting about a week. These re-filmed scenes have been reported to include the series’ lead character, Jaskier (Joey Batey), a bard who is friends with Geralt. His role is rumored to be that of the series narrator, helping to tie today’s affairs of the witcher Universum on these significant historical events.
What is The Witcher: Blood Origin about?
The official synopsis for The Witcher: Origin of the Blood read:
Every story has a beginning. Join in the untold story of the continent The Witcher: Origin of the Blooda new prequel series set 1200 years before the events of in an elf world The Witcher. origin of the blood will tell a story lost to time – the exploration of the first prototype witcher and the events leading up to the crucial “Conjunction of the Spheres” when the worlds of monsters, humans and elves merged into one.
For those who read these witcher If you have read books or even played some of the video games, this period in world history may already be known. However, the main TV series hasn’t delved into it very deeply, which means this new mini-series could contain a lot of important information for the upcoming third season and beyond. With that in mind, let’s break down some of these key elements.
First, The Witcher: Origin of the Blood will highlight the once powerful and influential elven civilization. As we already know from the main series, in modern times the elves are on their last legs as they try to rebuild the kingdom they once had. They are currently seeking shelter and refuge in Cintra, another kingdom already facing its own struggles after being attacked and its monarchs killed. Given how far the elves have fallen, the miniseries could show an era when they thrived and the roles they played within the elves witcher World.
Second, what is the “connection of the spheres”? As we learned The WitcherIn the second season of there is an incredibly dangerous and larger multiverse that could be explored, leading to worlds from which many of the monsters that Geralt hunts originate. So it looks like the miniseries could give us a lot of crucial insights into the witcher multiverse. In addition, by referring to the “conjunction” itself, we can learn about the first time all of these worlds were unexpectedly and chaotically brought together.
Finally, the miniseries will explain the origins behind the creation of Witchers. Due to the dangerous “Conjunction” event, the sorcerers may have been first created to help defeat enemies and monsters that traveled between worlds.
There’s undoubtedly a lot to unpack and speculate about with this four-episode miniseries, so it’ll be interesting to see what The Witcher: Origin of the Blood brings this intriguing fantasy franchise to the table.
Who is in The Witcher: Blood Origin?
Similar to the main series The Witcher: Origin of the Blood features a large cast of actors who will bring many new characters to life. While we already know that Joey Batey will be reprising his role as Jaskier, our main trio of other leads in the miniseries are:
Sophia Brown as Éile, “a warrior of the Queen’s Guard who goes to become a traveling musician”,
Michelle Yeoh as Scian, “the last member of a nomadic tribe of sword elves on a mission to retrieve a blade stolen from their people”,
And, Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall, “a man born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a king but in need of vengeance instead.”
The miniseries will also showcase the talents of Minnie Driver as Seanchaí, lenny henry as Chief Druid Balor, Mirren Mack as Merwyn, Nathaniel Curtis as Brian, Dylan Moran as Uthrok One-Nut and Jacob Collins-Levy as Eredin, among many others.