A new Netflix spin-off has been announced called The Witcher: Blood Origin. This new show is set 1,200 years before the story of Geralt of Rivia, giving fans a new look into the world. The new show will be a live-action spin-off series, with some of the same style from the main Netflix series, but with some new elements thrown in beyond the unique story.
The new show will be helmed by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and Declan de Barra, the writer of the episode “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials,” which is great. This all means that the new show will not only tell new stories but also add a new flair that hopefully impresses audiences.
The series is slated to shoot in the UK, although details of the shoot schedule or cast are not yet known. Although it could be some time before we see more of this thanks to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will explore some new themes for the series and the wider franchise. Stemming from a bunch of fan desire and the want of the showrunners to be more representative of both the human traits of the characters and the wishes of the audience. Netflix’s The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has even stated that the mainline show will branch into LGBTQ+ themes in later seasons.
It’s unclear if the same can be said for the spin-off, but fans can expect Netflix’s main series to branch into these themes.
This representation statement comes from when Hissrich was asked by fans about the possibility. “One of my favorite things about the books is that they are full of subversion,” she affirmed. “Yes, we’re gonna represent.”
Speaking about the mainline show and its influences, Hissrich was very clear about how the original Witcher show worked. Hissrich stressed that the show has “authentic style,” which serves to underscore the “really human stories” within. “A superb video game already exists, and I really didn’t want our show to look like it,” said the showrunner. It’s likely that said style will bleed over into The Witcher: Blood Origin.