Because, if something succeeds, you’ve got to make a prequel about completely different characters nobody has ever heard of – that always does well.
According to Deadline, Netflix’s ridiculously successful adaptation of The Witcher is getting a limited prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin. Blood Origin will take place in an elven world, 1,200 years before the plot of The Witcher, tracking the events that led up to the cataclysmic “conjunction of the spheres” that merged all the magic and mundane worlds into one. Also, the creation of the very first witcher. Geralt may be long-lived, but he’s not that old, so don’t expect him to show up. And so I must ask: who is this for?
Anyone who is just as “fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history” as showrunner Declan de Barra is.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will bring back Lauren Schmidt Hissrich as executive producer and will involve author Andrzej Sapkowski as creative consultant.
Let it be noted that Game of Thrones was going to do a similar thing, with a prequel series set 5,000 years before one of the most popular fantasy TV series of all time, but decided to go with a more relatable prequel about the Targaryens instead, because dragons.
Season two of Netflix’s The Witcher is due to resume production in August.
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