Netflix Announce Prequel To The Witcher Coming Soon

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 27.07.20

Netflix have announced that there will be a prequel series to The Witcher as the show seemingly seems to follow Game of Thrones’s suit to ridiculous degrees.

I’m sure a lot of people are happy to hear this since The Witcher is a very popular show, but aren’t they jumping the gun slightly here?

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The second season of The Witcher hasn’t even resumed filming after quarantine yet – let alone been released – and now Netflix are already producing a The Witcher prequel? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably watch it, but this sort-of sounds like the streaming service is trying to beat HBO and Game of Thrones at their own game again.

The synopsis for the new six-part series reads:

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“.

Expanding on the upcoming season more, Executive Produdcer and Showrunner Declain de Barra said:

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?

I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilisations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonisation and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilisation’s true story behind.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilisation before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher“.

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Meanwhile, Executive Producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich added:

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“.

The chances are that this will be a very good series, so my reservations are probably unfounded, but it’ll be interesting to see if Netflix saturate the desire for The Witcher so speedily.

Time shall tell…