Netflix’s New Show The Witcher: Blood Origin

The new Netflix show The Witcher: Blood Origin is a prequel to The Witcher.

The New Show The Witcher: Blood Origin

The New Show The Witcher: Blood Origin

Netflix is releasing a new show, The Witcher: Blood Origin, which is being released on December 25, 2022. This show is a prequel to another popular Netflix show, The Witcher, starring Henry Cavil. 

Netflix’s summary of the show says, “More than a thousand years before the events of “The Witcher, seven outcasts in an Elven world join forces in a quest against an all-powerful empire.” This means that this show will be based more off of the elves, whereas The Witcher focused mainly on Geralt and Ciri, the two main characters of the show. According to Andrew Webster, “There’s one very important thing missing from The Witcher: Blood Origin: Geralt of Rivia. Of course, it makes sense that the iconic character isn’t in the new four-episode prequel series, given that it takes place more than 1,000 years before he was born, at a time when witchers (and the monsters they love to hunt) don’t even exist.” He also says this about The Witcher: Blood Origin, “Because without the lovably gruff Geralt, or at least an equivalent character to keep the story grounded, there isn’t all that much to differentiate The Witcher from all of the other epic fantasy series out there,” The Verge, (December 11). 

A shot form The Witcher: Blood Origin

Not only is Geralt not in this show but there are quite a few other changes due to the over a thousand years time jump backwards, from The Witcher to The Witcher: Blood Origin. Andrew Webster from The Verge says, “The show takes place 1,200 years before the events of the original Witcher series, at a time when elves are the dominant force in the world. They don’t have much competition. While dwarves share the land, neither humans nor monsters do, and elves — who are scarce in Geralt’s time — are spread across multiple kingdoms and clans, each with their own customs and beliefs and many of whom war amongst each other,” (December 11). So compared to The Witcher series, the main focus will be elves and a specific group of elves in particular. Webster also states, “The story is told primarily through a loose group of adventurers who, for various individual reasons, band together to kill the leader of this new oppressive force for elf-kind,” The Verge, (December 11). 

Some may not be too excited for the change in storyline and the lack of Geralt in the new show The Witcher: Blood Origin but it’s still an action show with some elven characters and no doubt, an interesting plot.