Blood Origin Showrunner Teases More Witcher Spinoffs
The Witcher: Blood Origins producer Declan De Barra has teased the potential for more standalone spinoffs in the Witcher universe.
The Witcher: Blood Origins producer Declan De Barra has hinted at the possibility of more Witcher spinoffs in Netflix's ever-expanding universe. Set 1,200 years before the events of the main series, The Witcher: Blood Origins depicts the events that lead to changes in the world, the union of the spheres, and the birth of the first wizard. Released by Netflix for Christmas, the series includes Sophia Brown, Michelle Yeoh and Minnie Driver, among others, and stars main series star Joey Beatty as fan-favorite bard Jaskill.
This latest four-episode miniseries is the second spin-off series in the Witcher universe, following the 2021 animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. With plenty of source material at his fingertips, De Barra recently hinted at the possibility of more Witcher spinoffs. In an interview with RadioTimes.com, the show's host praised book novelist Andrzej Sapkowski as "the king of closed stories" and his colorful fantasy world. He also talked about the advantages of making various independent spin-offs in his world, suggesting that they "portray another side of this world and expand upon the It goes outward. Check out his full review below:
Sapkowski is the king of the closed ended story, the more we read of his books, the broader the tapestry of the world. So that’s the advantage of doing all these – they might be standalone pieces, but they paint another side to this world and expand it outward. That’s the fun part.
What’s Next For The Witcher Universe?
With The Witcher: Blood Origins now available on Netflix, fans of the series are currently awaiting the return of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, completing his last appearance The role, then handed over to Liam Hemsworth's season 4 release date. While a specific release date for The Witcher season 3 has yet to be announced, Netflix has confirmed it will be released sometime in summer 2023. Main series showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has confirmed that next season will offer Cavill "the most heroic farewell we could have."
While it remains to be seen whether The Witcher will continue to be successful with Hemsworth in the role of Geralt, Netflix still seems intent on stepping up its investment in the growing franchise. At last year's TUDUM fan event, the anchor announced plans for a second animated film following The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, as well as a new family-friendly series set in the same world. However, further details about the two projects have been scarce since they were first announced more than a year ago.
In addition to these official announcements, there are rumors It's also been rumored that a new spinoff series will focus on a group of Nilfgaardian misfits and criminals known as the Rats. In Sapkowski's book, rats will feature in Ciri's story for a while, since she's joined them for a while, and it's been announced that rats will indeed appear in The Witcher season 3. Regardless of the future of The Witcher's various spin-off projects, it seems unlikely that The Witcher: Blood Origins will be the last stand-alone entry in the Continental universe.