The Witcher showrunner shares how the Blood Origin prequel will be a ‘fun twist’ on lore

the witcher the universe is full of fleshed-out cultures, complex world-buildings, and multi-layered characters. This attention to detail is mainly due to Andrzej Sapkowski, the writer behind the original novels that inspired video games and television series. The Netflix show wastes no time delving into the mainland’s backstory, but the next prequel series Origin of blood is ready to offer a new perspective on the world of the witcher.

After the release of the witcher Season 2 showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich sat down with Digital Spy to discuss the new prequel series Origin of blood. Set 1200 years before the events of The witchr (though the events remain to be seen, given the series’ multiple timelines), the six-part miniseries will chronicle the creation of the very first Witcher, the so-called Conjunction of the Spheres, and the fallen Elven civilization. While the Continent may seem medieval to modern viewers, the sensibility of Origin of blood will be decidedly more enlightened. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explained:

What was the world before the Conjunction? How has he changed? Because all of those spheres came together… And one of the things that Declan de Barra, who wrote the show, brought to it is: what if this world wasn’t a medieval version of our medieval world, but actually an Age of Enlightenment? How is it a bit more modern? How is this civilization more scholarly in certain respects? So how do we begin to lay the groundwork for where we are now? I think it’s an amazing and fun twist to the story, and I think that will set it apart, because it doesn’t look exactly like The Witcher.

Depending on how the material is handled, reinterpretations of established traditions can excite or infuriate a fan base. So far, viewers seem to resonate with Netflix’s version of Andrzej Sapkowski’s story. But with the production team going in such a different direction to Origin of bloodfans of the witcher do you still like the prequel? Lauren Schmidt Hissrich seems to think so. She says:

It still has the epic reach. There are still elves. It still has battles and swords, and all that fun stuff you’d expect. But I think it really gives us a chance, in terms of palette, or in terms of locations, to push things in a slightly new direction. So it was amazing for our production team.

More elves, swords and minstrel tapping tunes? I’ll flip a coin at that. Season 2 of the witcher is now available to stream on Netflix. Origin of blood doesn’t have a set release date, but should land on the streaming service sometime in 2022. We’ll be sure to keep you updated here at CinemaBlend.

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