Today, Netflix announced The Witcher: Blood Origin, a new six-part, live-action spinoff series from The Witcher that is set 1200 years prior and tells the story of the first witcher and how the profession came to be. Details on the series are currently quite scarce, but we do know it's being made by Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the latter being the showrunner of The Witcher on Netflix.
In addition to being about witchers, it sounds like the series will explore Elves, monsters, and the general foundational lore of the series which hasn't been explored very much by the mainline Netflix series, the games, or the books either are based off. Further, we know Andrzej Sapkowski, creator of the series, is involved, presumably as a creative consultant.
"1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be," reads an official elevator pitch of the series. "Announcing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 6 part live-action The Witcher spin-off series from Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich."
"This has been the toughest secret to keep," added Hissrich about the announcement. "I've always wanted to dive deeper into the myth and lore of the Continent, and now fans will have a chance to explore it with Declan de Barra in a prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin. Elves, and enemies, and the end, oh my…"
Unfortunately, for now, this all we know about the series. There's currently no word of a release date, filming date, or who will star in it. Doubly unfortunate is that Netflix opted to not include a debut trailer alongside the announcement, which perhaps suggest the series is a ways off from releasing. That said, while details are light and media is nonexistent, some fans are boarding the hype train en masse. Meanwhile, others are a bit skeptical.
There's been one season and you think it's earned a spin-off— Daniel R Baumfree (@bumfree) July 27, 2020
STOKED FOR THISpic.twitter.com/n3Rv70azva— rae 💫 is simping for gwaine (@jaskierslute) July 27, 2020
I like the idea, but wouldnt it be better if all the resources and effort be spent on the main series first? its too early for a spinoff.— Bigepete (@Bige_pete) July 27, 2020
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