When The Witcher: Blood Origin was announced, we already knew that it was going to be a prequel story to The Witcher. Set 1,200 years before Geralt’s time, this storyline focuses more on the events that happened before the Conjunction of the Spheres and the arrival of the human race on the Continent. This is a storyline that was hardly touched by Andrzej Sapkowski in his books but is now given more light in the series as the creators of the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher wanted to explore the history behind the events of the Continent in the present-day timeline of The Witcher.
In that regard, the series was all about how an elf named Seanchaí wanted to share the story of the Seven with Jaskier because she thought that he could sing a song about the Seven, which were unsung heroes during the time of the elves 1,200 years ago. That is why we are allowed to see the story of these Seven brave souls and how they affected the course of history through their actions during the time before the Conjunction of the Spheres. And that’s where we look at how the events and the post-credit scenes of The Witcher: Blood Origin set up season 3.
How The Golden Empire Fell
Of course, the final episode of The Witcher: Blood Origin allowed us to see the Seven achieving their goal of defeating the Golden Empire through the use of a revolution that allowed the lowborn elves to rise up against Merwyn’s reign. The people were tired of the oppression of the Golden Empire, and they were ignited by the songs of Éile, who had become the voice of the common people. In that regard, the Lark inspired them to rise up against the empire so that the Seven could infiltrate the palace and take down the empress herself, as we all know that this was one of their goals from the very start.
While all of these events happened quickly, the Seven gave the people a reason to dream of living in a better world where they could be equal. Of course, this never happened due to the arrival of humankind on the Continent, but it was still nice that the people were able to determine their own fate by toppling the Golden Empire. But it was also the destruction and fall of the Golden Empire that weakened the elves to the point that the humans were able to defeat them easily, and this is the first connection between the events of The Witcher’s main series and Blood Origin.
The Origin Of The Conjunction Of The Spheres
Another clear connection between The Witcher and The Witcher: Blood Origin can be seen in the fact that the central Monolith was one of the things that the Seven wanted to destroy because this was where High Mage Balor was drawing his power from. He used this Monolith to get to a different dimension that allowed him to draw on the power of chaos to fuel his magic to levels that are almost godlike. But by the time the Seven reached the Monolith, Balor was already too powerful with his chaos magic, as he could control fire quite easily.
Zacaré attempted to use a binding spell to connect Balor to her brother Syndril as this allowed them to use chaos magic to destroy the Monolith. In that regard, Syndril had to give his life up in an effort to destroy the Monolith and kill Balor as well.
However, this also caused the Conjunction of the Spheres, which was an event that opened large gateways from different dimensions to the Continent, as this shattered Monolith became the convergence point for the different worlds that allowed monsters and humans to enter the land of the elves. In that regard, this was the event that changed the entire Continent because it led to the arrival of the humans that dominated the elves and the monsters that the Witchers killed for a living.
In a way, we see a connection between Blood Origin and the main series through the events that happened at the end of this prequel story. Without these events, the Conjunction of the Spheres would not have happened. And if the Conjunction had never happened, humans and monsters wouldn’t have made their way to the Continent.
How The First Witcher Was Created
Of course, Blood Origin also explored the creation of the first Witcher, which was a prototype that Syndrill and Zacaré created using the heart of a beast that they found when they entered a different dimension. Using their magic, they transformed this heart into an elixir that Fjall took so that he could transform into a combination of elf and beast and become strong enough to take down the beast that Balor controlled.
Basically, this prototype Witcher fused the heart of the beast with Fjall’s body to turn him into a stronger entity that proved to be too monstrous for his mind to control. While he defeated the Golden Empire’s beast, he ultimately turned on the rest of the Seven and attacked his allies. This forced Éile to put down the man that she loved because Fjall had become too uncontrollable for this world.
The rituals that were used to create this first Witcher remained hidden. However, it was during the time of reign of humankind on the Continent that this ritual was discovered. This led to the rise of the order of the Witchers. Of course, the connection between the Seven and the present day could be seen in the fact that Fjall and Éile’s love bore a child that was conceived after Fjall had already transformed.
Jaskier’s Blood Origin Connection
During the ending scenes of Blood Origin, Éile tries to find a peaceful life for herself as she lives far away from the capital. We were once again treated to a scene involving her and Ithlinne, who we already met early in the series as a powerful seer that could see into the future. Ithlinne touched Éile’s womb so that she could see the child’s fate, and that was when she saw that the bloodline would endure for centuries and that a distant relative of her child would be the one to tell the story of the Seven through a song.
The seer was most likely referring to Jaskier, as we know that the series started with Seanchaí telling the story of the Seven to Jaskier because he was the Sandpiper that the elves saw as a hero due to his efforts to rescue them and because of his inspiring music. In that regard, it is possible that this distant relative is actually Jaskier, as there is a clear connection between him and Éile in the sense that they both use their songs to inspire other people to act for themselves.
The Wild Hunt’s Origins
Another interesting scene that we saw in the ending part of The Witcher: Blood Origin was the fact that the Wild Hunt’s origins were teased. When Balor went to a different dimension in an effort to harness the power of chaos, he brought several Golden Company soldiers led by Eredin, the High Commander of the Golden Empire. However, Balor left all of them in that different world as he returned to the Continent. And the destruction of the central Monolith trapped Eredin and the other soldiers there.
Of course, we saw Eredin wandering the desolate planet that looked similar to the one we saw in the final episode of The Witcher, season 2. This clearly teases that Eredin and his Golden Empire soldiers are actually the Wild Hunt, who we know are interdimensional travelers that want to use Ciri’s powers to return to the Continent.
Avallac’h 1,200 Years later
One of the characters introduced in Blood Origin was Avallac’h, who we met as an elf mage that provided counsel to Merwyn after he saved her from an assassination attempt. In the end-credit scene, we see him still alive 1,200 years later because he was actually in Cintra before the events of the Nilfgaardian attack on the kingdom and even before Ciri joined Geralt of Rivia. And the thing about this event is that he didn’t actually live for 1,200 years.
The secret can be found in one of the scenes of episode 4 of Blood Origin when he said that Syndrill wasn’t using the Monolith to full effect because Avallac’h realized that there is a good chance that the Monoliths could be used to not only travel from one dimension to another but through time as well.
Of course, in that scene, Avallac’h was clearly observing Ciri as he was interested in her Elder Blood. And that means that this scene could be connected with Avallac’h’s future in the mainline series of The Witcher. That’s because we know that he is one of the classic characters in Sapkowski’s books and the games.
In the books and the games, Avallac’h actually married Lara Dorren, who we know is the progenitor of Elder Blood and is one of the distant relatives of Ciri. Avallac’h also went on to become one of the people that Ciri crossed paths with numerous times, sometimes as a friend and sometimes as an enemy. In that regard, we might see more of him in season 3, especially now that he might have discovered how to travel through time using the Monoliths.