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Bring On The Mythical Beasts, The Witcher Prequel Is Dropping On Netflix

By Morgan Reardon
28th Jul 2020

Geralt Of Rivea readies himself for a fight with a sword in his hands in the middle of a forest at night.

It feels like an age ago since we devoured fantastical thriller series The Witcher and lowkey drooled over Henry Cavill’s transformation as a sword-wielding hero. And while season two might be a while away, we’ve got some good news to tide over all you beast-lovers out there—a prequel is coming to Netflix.

Called The Witcher: Blood Origin, the series will be set in a world 1,200 years before the main show, so sadly that does mean Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia probably won’t make an appearance. 

The six-part, live-action limited series will follow the life of the very first witcher and the events that lead to the fall of Elven civilisation.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of smashing The Witcher yet (where have you been?) it’s based on the best-selling fantasy book series of the same name. It follows Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. The OG series clocked close to 100 million views globally just four weeks after it dropped on the streaming giant last year, so yep, we’re all hungry for more.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will also be developed by the original series' showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and Declan de Barra, so you can rest assured it’s in safe hands.

“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” de Barra said in a statement. 

“A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books: What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans?”

We’ve been wondering the same thing mate.

While no release date has been set yet, we do know that The Witcher season two filming has been delayed until August due to COVID-19, so we’re crossing everything something Witcher-related hits our screens soon. 

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Image Credit: Katalin Vermes/Netflix

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