For fandoms awaiting the release of an impending instalment, a whole new spin-off series based on its beloved fictional world is an added bonus—even more so when each jam-packed episode is dominated by talented female leads. That’s why The Witcher: Blood Origins has immediately captured our attention.
Based within the same world as wildly popular fantasy series The Witcher, the brand new Netflix production serves as a prequel series following the ancient Elven society and the events that led to the creation of the very first Witcher, set 1,200 years before the Continent’s protagonist Geralt embarked on his own journey.
While the show itself has received mixed reviews (mainly owing to source material purists and die-hard Henry Cavill fans who’re demanding his return), it’s rightly been praised for its diverse and female dominated cast. So if you’re not already a fan of the Witcher realm, you’re about to be.
Below, we unpack everything you need to know about the new show—including its potential for additional episodes.
Is The Witcher: Blood Origin connected to The Witcher?
Yes! Blood Origin is based around 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher kick off and it serves as a precursor to how the Witcher came to be—quite literally.
What is The Witcher: Blood Origin about?
Blood Origin depicts the events that led to the Conjunction of the Spheres, which was a catalyst for the world we know in The Witcher. The Conjunction “trapped” unnatural forces and creatures within its sphere, including vampires and ghouls. In line with this, the new series reveals how the very first Witcher was created and how the ancient Elven society operated and fought before it fell.
How many episodes of The Witcher: Blood Origin are there?
Blood Origin is a mini series with four episodes, all of which dropped on Netflix at the same time.
While we’d all love to see more episodes, that decision lies with Netflix… which brings us to our next question.
Will there be a season 2 of The Witcher: Blood Origin?
Not at this stage—Netflix pitched the prequel production as a limited series which means it only consists of one season.
That said, Netflix has renewed wildly successful shows in the past, and given Blood Origin is currently sitting pretty in the platform’s coveted number one most-watched spot, there’s hope that a second season could be on the cards.
Who is in the cast of The Witcher: Blood Origin?
The cast of Blood Origin is as brilliant as the show itself. Leading the female dominated pack is Sophia Brown as Éile, who starred in another Netflix limited series Giri/Haji. Joining her is Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once and Crazy Rich Asians) as Scian. Mirren Mack (The Nest and Sex Education) stars as Merwyn, while up and coming British actors Lizzie Annis Francesca Mills play Zacaré and Meldof, respectively. Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting and The Riches) also joins the cast as time-travelling storyteller, Seanchaí.
Accompanying them are Nathaniel Curtis (It’s A Sin) as Brían, Jacob Collins-Levy (The White Princess) as Eredin and Huw Novelli (The Capture) as Callan.