Netflix Is Making a Witcher Prequel, Set 1,200 Years Before Geralt

Netflix Is Making a Witcher Prequel, Set 1,200 Years Before Geralt

Netflix expands on the universe of The Witcher.

We're still waiting for the second season of The Witcher, but Netflix is already expanding on plans for the fantasy series. Earlier today on Twitter, Netflix announced The Witcher: Blood Origin. This is a six-part, live-action series from The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Declan de Barra, who wrote one episode of the first season.

"1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be," says the announcement.

This time period would put the series around 200-300 years after the Conjunction of the Spheres, the cataclysmic event that deposited scores of monsters and mythological creatures upon the world of man.

The unnamed character mentioned in the synopsis would actually come far prior to the first recorded witchers in the book's timeline. Sorcerer Cosimo Malaspina and his student Alzur created the alchemical process that made the witchers in the 950s, which is only 300 years before Geralt. That would make the character a proto-witcher, perhaps a character who pointed the mages in the direction of the final process to make the warrior monks.

The Witcher: Blood Origin joins two other Witcher products in production at Netflix. The second season of The Witcher was put on hold due to the pandemic, but the production might be one of the earliest to start filming again under new post-COVID guidelines. Even before the delay, we weren't expected to see The Witcher Season 2 until some time in 2021. There's also The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated show from Studio Mir, the folks behind shows like The Legend of Korra.

All these projects will likely keep The Witcher 3 selling, as the original airing of The Witcher on Netflix boosted sales of the game considerably. CD Projekt Red is still deciding if its next project after Cyberpunk 2077 will be more Cyberpunk or another The Witcher, but it did make a new deal with author Andrzej Sapkowski, so hopes are high that more Witcher is on the horizon.

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