Netflix’s adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher which has also been adapted as a critically acclaimed video-game franchise has received widespread acclaim. Starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher shattered Netflix’s viewership records upon its release. Following its massive success, a spin-off was announced. The Witcher: Blood Origin is set to be a six-part limited series prequel that will explore the origins of the first Witcher ever created.
Earlier in July, the news of a spin-off was announced which is set 1200 years prior to The Witcher. In The Witcher, Henry Cavill’s Geralt is one of the few Witchers surviving in the Continent. As one of the most fearsome warriors ever created, the physiology of the Witchers has been of great interest. The Witcher: Blood Origin will explore the creation of the first Witcher, which is an extremely painful process, as stated by Geralt in the show. Apart from that, the show will also introduce two warring elven clans, and lead up to the cataclysmic event known as the conjunction of the spheres, which has been referred to in the game and show alike.
According to The Illuminerdi, The Witcher: Blood Origin has reportedly cast two elven characters for the show. The first one to be cast is Eile ‘The Lark’ Lithe, a woman meant to be between her late 20s to early 30s, is from a Clan of Elves that uses knives as their primary weapon. The producers are looking for a “diverse” actor to play the role, especially one with a background in dance and stunt work.
The second character is a male lead named Fjall, who is also of the same age as Eile. Fjall is from an opposing clan – implying that there may be a clash for dominance. Not only is he physically strong, but is described as raw, gritty, and visceral.
What Does This Mean?
While fans of the show might not be quite aware of these characters, but long time fans of the games and the books might be in for a surprise. In the beautiful yet dangerous world of The Witcher, the cataclysmic event known as the conjunction of the spheres brought all the powerful and magical races from different worlds to the Continent.
In The Witcher, there are two opposing elven clans named Aen Seidhe and Aen Elle. While the Aen Seidhe clan inhabit the Continent and maintained harmony with other Elder Races, the Aen Elle clan abandoned the Continent and moved to another world.
Despite keeping the plot of the spin-off tightly under the wraps, it is speculated that the elves will play a major role in the Blood Origin of the first-ever Witcher ever created. The Witcher: Blood Origin is expected to begin filming in May 2021. Additionally, an animated series The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is also in production which will focus on the magical beings of the show.