The Witcher hype has blown up since the WitcherCon virtual event back in early July. We Witcher lovers have been graced with a few season 2 trailers. However, it’s not too easy to hold us over until December considering that the convention revealed more projects to go hand in hand with the main story revolving around Geralt of Rivia. Since July 9th many different non-Geralt-related content for the franchise was elaborated like an animated film, a graphic novel, a next-gen remaster of the third game, and a prequel series to the tv series.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is a spinoff announced July 2020 with not much going for it as far as details go other than the premise. The series will take place 1200 years before Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri join forces against Nilfgaard. It will tell the tale of the very first witchers in a world where Elves are as prominent as the humans and monsters that roam the continent. The series will also detail the horrific trials Witchers must pass to earn their namesake as well as the prototype witchers until the process is “perfected”. Actors Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophia Brown, and Michelle Yeoh were pegged as the leads along with the debut of the project. Deadline revealed more of the cast recently along with the announcement that the filming was underway with a potential Spring 2022 release date as well.
Joining the blood-soaked cast are Jacob Collins Levy, Lizzie Annis, Huw Novelli, Francesca Mills, Amy Murray, and Zach Wyatt will be playing the roles of Eredin, Zacere, Callan, Meldof, Fenrik, and Syndril respectively. Sarah Gorman and Vicky Jewson will be directing the six-episode series with Lauren S Hissrich and Matt O’Toole from the original series as showrunners.
As the franchise grows in popularity, it’s lovely to know that these creators are giving their all to satiate the curiosity of fans of this ever-expanding world of grim fantasy monsters and the monsters who hunt them. To have pivotal lines from the original show expanded on well outside the strata of exposition should warm any fan of the fantasy genre and The Witcher franchise is no exception to this rule. Hopefully, sometime soon we’ll all witness the bloody origin of the first hunters. Who knows we might just even witness the first to toss a coin to our witchers.