Showrunner Declan de Barra recently discussed the pressure from Netflix The Witcher: Origin of Blood and wanting to create a story about the world’s first witcher that was worthy of Andrzej Sapkowski Sorcerer novels.
Netflix recently released an explainer video for Origin of blood and his representation of the continent’s prototype witcher. In it, de Barra said, “It’s wonderful and terrifying at the same time because you want to pay homage to the books and the lore and please all those fans, but you also want to create a whole story that exists, that would be worthy of a Sapkowski book.” , who lives on television and is autonomous”.
What does The Witcher: Blood Origin have in store?
The Witcher: Origin of Blood is set 1,200 years before the events of Netflix The sorcerer and explore the events that led to both the Conjunction of the Spheres and the world’s first witcher. While the limited series is set on the continent and draws on an uncharted time period referenced in Sapkowski’s novels, it introduces an entirely new cast of characters never before seen in either the novels or any of its other adaptations. These characters include Éile ‘the Lark’ Lithe, played by Sophia Brown; Fjall Stoneheart, played by Laurence O’Fuarain; and Scian, played by Michelle Yeoh.
The series will feature familiar names and faces, including fan-favorite bard, Jaskier, as well as the elven sage known as Avallac’h, from the novels. It is currently unknown how either will tie into the main series, although Avallac’h was not expected to appear for some time, as the character only appears in Sapkowski’s novels in Swallow Tower And The Lady of the Lakeat the end of the saga.
The lore of The Witcher
The Conjunction of the Spheres is mentioned in Sapkowski’s novels, but only in passing and is not part of the story of Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg and Ciri. Likewise, the history of the witchers is not explored in the core Sorcerer books, even if it is mentioned in Storm season. It was this lack of detail that prompted de Barra and executive producer Lauren S. Hissrich to create Origin of blood. In a recent interview, de Barra said, “We were trying to figure things out… I remember walking over to the chalkboard in the writers room and drawing a sketch of what I thought this world was like and how the Conjunction of the Spheres is. based on.”
The first reviews for Netflix’s upcoming prequel series have been released and have been largely negative, with many critics describing it as a rushed and underwhelming series, citing the decision to reduce the episode countdown from six to four as the main reason for the show’s flaws. Both de Barra and Hissrich defended the decision, explaining it was to keep the pace of the show from slowing down.
The Witcher: Origin of Blood will premiere December 25, only on Netflix.