Netflix Announces The Witcher Spin-Off Show Set 1200 Years Before Geralt Of Rivia

Netflix Announces The Witcher Spin-Off Show Set 1200 Years Before Geralt Of Rivia
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The Witcher ended up being a tremendous success for Netflix, as the show based on the Andrzej Sapkowski novel series, as it was one of the streaming service’s most-watched shows of 2019, despite it only being available on the platform for eleven days before we turned our calendars to 2020.

Following the success of The Witcher’s first season, Netflix recently announced an animated film called Nightmare of the Wolf, but we don’t know much about it. Also, on Monday, the streaming announced yet another Witcher-related show called The Witcher: Blood Origin, which will be a six-part live-action series that’ll be set 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia.

As of this writing, all we know about The Witcher: Blood Origin is the information that was provided via the tweet above.

Pre-production for season two of The Witcher will resume next month, and the second season reportedly won’t finish filming until next spring, with some hoping for an August or September release date. Of course, the show began production earlier in the year, but everything was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the biggest critiques of the first season was its timeline, which was all over the place. Thankfully though, the second season will have a linear timeline, as all three main characters — Yennefer, Geralt, and Ciri — are now on the same timeline.

“All three characters are on the same timeline now,” said showrunner Lauren Hissrich while speaking with Vulture back in January. “That’s where we ended season one. That’s absolutely where we will pick up in season two. The stories will be told in a much more linear fashion. They won’t all be one story. It’s not like all three are together and happy all the time. But, I do want to employ some different ways to look at time series-wide. I think that there is a lot that we couldn’t fit into season one. But no, we won’t have things happening across 100 years at the same time anymore.”

The second season of The Witcher will introduce new cast members and characters, with the most notable one being Vesemir, who is the oldest living Witcher on The Continent, and Geralt of Rivia’s trainer and mentor. It was recently revealed that he’ll be played by Kim Bodnia, who is best known for Killing Eve and FX’s The Bridge.

As of right now, we don’t know when Netflix will launch more Witcher-related content, but it does seem like, if everything goes off without a hitch, we should see The Witcher’s second season sometime next year, likely in either the late summer or fall.