Showrunner Declan de Barra recently spoke about the pressure that came with Netflix The Witcher: Origin of Blood and wanting to create a story about the world’s first witch that was worthy of Andrzej Sapkowski’s story warlock novels.
Netflix recently released an explainer video for the Origin of blood and his portrayal of the prototype wizard from the continent. In it, de Barra stated, “It’s wonderful and terrifying at the same time because you want to honor the books and the lore and satisfy all those fans, but you also want to create a whole story that exists, that would be worthy of Sapkowski’s book, that lives on television and it is independent.”
What does The Witcher: Blood Origin have in store?
The Witcher: Origin of Blood is set 1200 years before the events of Netflix Warlock and explores the events that led to the merging of the spheres and the world’s first wizard. While the limited series is set on the continent and hails from an unexplored period mentioned in Sapkowski’s novels, it introduces an entirely new cast of characters never before seen in either the novels or any other adaptation. 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 the fan-favorite bard, Jaskier, as well as the elven sage known as Avallac’h, from the novels. It is currently unknown how the two 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 Lastavica Tower and Lady of the lakelate in the saga.
Knowledge of the witch
The confluence of the spheres is mentioned in Sapkowski’s novels, but only incidentally and does not include Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg and Cira’s story. Similarly, the history of witches is essentially unexplored warlock books, although it is mentioned in Storm season. It was this lack of detail that inspired 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 getting up to the whiteboard in the writers’ room and drawing a sketch of what I thought this world looked like and what the conjunction of the spheres was based on.”
Early reviews of Netflix’s upcoming prequel series have been released and have been largely negative, with many critics describing it as a rushed and unconvincing series, citing the decision to reduce the episode count from six to four as the main reason for the show’s missteps. Both de Barra and Hissrich defended the decision, explaining that it was to prevent the show from slowing down.
The Witcher: Origin of Blood is set to premiere on December 25, only on Netflix.