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Netflix announces The Witcher prequel spin-off set 1,200 years before Geralt of Rivia

Netflix is planning to expand The Witcher TV universe with a six-part prequel spin-off titled Blood Origin.

While we’ve only had one season of Netflix’s The Witcher, the streaming platform is already doubling down on expanding its universe with a new spin-off. 

Titled The Witcher: Blood Origin, the new six-part series will be set 1,200 years before Geralt of Rivia, where “the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be”. 

The new show is helmed by The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and screenwriter Declan de Barra. 

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The Witcher was a huge win for Netflix (Picture: Netflix) 

There’s no word on a potential release date for The Witcher: Blood Origin, but we imagine it’ll be a long way off considering production on The Witcher season 2 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While The Witcher was an enormous success for Netflix, it’s surprising they’re banking on the franchise so early on - especially as the first season met a mixed reception from critics. 

This isn’t the first Witcher spin-off following the original show’s success either, with Netflix having announced an anime spin-off from Korean animation house Studio Mir earlier this year. 

You can catch The Witcher streaming on Netflix.

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