The Witcher: Blood Origin: New spin-off announced by Netflix

The Witcher - Credit: Katalin Vermes
The Witcher - Credit: Katalin Vermes /

The Witcher: Blood Origin is set to expand the existing universe.

With only one season in the bag, The Witcher is already looking to expand it’s story and universe. Netflix has announced The Witcher: Blood Origin, a spin-off series that is in the works, reported Comi Book.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, current showrunner on The Witcher, confirmed the news on Twitter. She will be co-showrunner of Blood Origin, alongside Declan de Barra.

No release date has been announced yet for the new show and story details are still scarce.

The Witcher: Blood Origin: What Could the Show Be About?

According to the little that has been shared online, Blood Origin will be a six-part spin-off series of the show set 1200 years in the past. The story will follow the first Witcher and how the profession came into existence.

According to Hissrich, she had been hoping to explore the universe of The Witcher for a while and to dive deeper into the existing mythology that has yet to be captured on the show.

Despite the lack of details available to fans, it seems that the showrunners and writers have a strong idea of the direction of the story.

In her Twitter post, Hissrich wrote that the end of the six-part series would be exciting for viewers. She also mentioned the appearance of elves, who were not seen in the current Netflix show.

With lockdowns still in place around the world, filming schedules for Blood Origin will probably be a while away. But it looks like Netflix is steaming ahead with this new content.

The show earned rave reviews from fans, though not so much from critics when it debuted early in 2020. There were numerous criticisms about the magical cure to disability trope, the focus on Yennefer’s quest for motherhood, and the multiple timelines running concurrently that confused viewers.

While the showrunners have already mentioned that the second season of the show will have a linear narrative, there has yet to be any word about the issues with ableism and infertility.

One hopes that these will be rooted out in not only the second season of the show but also in the spin-off.

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The Witcher Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.