Is ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Canon & How It Connects to the Main Timeline?
We’re living in a time when it’s so great to be a fan of the fantasy genre. Almost every broadcasting network and/or streaming service wants to have an expensive and successful high-fantasy TV series. HBO started this whole trend with Game of Thrones, and the competition saw what the audience loves to watch. So, in 2019, Netflix created The Witcher, a TV series based on the homonymous book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Unlike HBO, which waited three years to launch another series set in the Game of Thrones franchise — House of the Dragon, Netflix decided to act quickly and release another series set in The Witcher universe before the main series gets its third season next year. The Witcher: Blood Origin is an upcoming prequel mini-series that will premiere on Netflix this December, but many fans were wondering if that series is canon and how it actually connects to the main timeline.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is the prequel to the original series, set in an elven world around 1200 years before the events of The Witcher. According to the series’ official synopsis, The Witcher: Blood Origin will follow the origin story of the very first Witcher, as well as the events that lead to the “Conjunction of the Spheres”. Therefore, The Witcher: Blood Origin is indeed canon in The Witcher universe. The synopsis is also telling the series will depict the events when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged into one.
What is the Conjunction of the Spheres?
The Conjunction of the Spheres was a cataclysm that lead to the merging of this dimension with others in the Multiverse, which trapped many unnatural creatures in our world, so to say. In The Witcher video game, there is a book called The Conjunction of the Spheres, which describes that the cataclysm happened around 1500 years ago.
The in-game book also says that elves claim that humans arrived in the World during the Conjunction. After elves destroyed their own world, they claimed that humans learned to use magic during the Conjunction. The book also signifies that those are all lies made by non-humans, who are using slander to justify their claims.
The Conjunction of the Spheres is something that is only vaguely known to the characters of the main series, but it’s undoubtedly an important part of history so it’s no wonder that we’re getting a whole spin-off series to see how it went.
What do we know about The Witcher: Blood Origin so far?
Similar to House of the Dragon, The Witcher: Blood Origin is also a prequel to the main series in its respective franchise. The main difference is that The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a mini-series, consisting of only four episodes. The series will explore the pre-colonized world of elves.
The series will star Michelle Yeoh as Scian, the warrior elf who is the last member of a nomadic tribe of sword-elves. She is set to be on a mission to retrieve a blade stolen from her people. The series also stars Sophia Brown as Éile, a warrior of the Queen’s guard who will leave to become a traveling musician, and Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall, a man who was born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect the king, but instead, he will start his own quest in need of vengeance.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is created by Declan de Barra, one of the writers of the main series, and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, a creator of the main series. The series is also starring Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis, and Dylan Moran. The first teaser for the series was revealed as the post-credit scene of The Witcher Season 2, you can watch it down below:
The world of Witcher was created by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote a series of six fantasy books and 15 short stories on which the TV series is based on. Before Sapkowski’s work was adapted to a TV series, The Witcher also got his incarnation in a series of video games developed by the Polish company CD Projekt Red. So far, three main games have been released.
The third game of the main series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was released in 2015 and it received widespread acclaim. The fourth game is currently in development. Netflix also released an animated movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf in 2021. So, we can see that the fans of Sapkowski’s work have plenty of media to follow and enjoy.
It’s great to be a fan of the fantasy genre these days. In terms of streaming service platforms, whichever you pick, you will find a hit fantasy series. HBO’s Game of Thrones might be over, but now we have a prequel series House of the Dragon.
Netflix has The Witcher and the upcoming prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin. Amazon Prime Video has The Wheel of Time, and let’s not forget the most expensive TV series of all time — The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which is currently ongoing on Prime Video. Disney+ is also trying to compete in this fantasy race with the upcoming series Willow and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In short, everyone wants to have successful fantasy series on their platform now.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is set to premiere on Netflix on December 25, 2022. The Witcher Season 3 is set to be released in the Summer of 2023.