Everything We Know About Netflix's 'The Witcher' Prequel

Netflix is creating a 'Witcher' cinematic universe with 'The Witcher: Blood Origin.'

Katalin Vermes, Netflix
Katalin Vermes, Netflix
Katalin Vermes, Netflix

With the roaring success of The Witcher, Netflix’s series based on the bestselling Polish fantasy novels that have already inspired three video games, it was only a matter of time before the streaming service capitalized on viewers’ love for all things Geralt of Rivia. There’s already an anime series in the works, as well as a second season of the main show, and Netflix has also announced that they’re working on a prequel series, titled The Witcher: Blood Origin, which will tell the story of the Continent’s very first Witcher. Here is everything we know about it so far: 

When is The Witcher: Blood Origin coming out?

Netflix first announced the show in July of 2020, but given the complex state of filming anything these days, it’s taken a while for them to get started. Netflix hasn’t set a release date yet for Blood Origin, but production could start sometime in 2021. That means either a late 2021 or early-to-mid 2022 release date. Considering it’s also working on a second season of The Witcher flagship series, it could be a bit of a wait. Plenty of time to rewatch the first season of The Witcher ten more times….

What is the plot?

The official summary of the limited series is as follows: “Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time-the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres,’ when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”

The world of The Witcher, set on a landmass known as “the Continent,” used to be separated into a few distinct realms, or parallel universes, home to many different sentient races. During the Conjunction of the Spheres, the worlds were all mashed together into one, bringing elves and monsters and magic into the world of humanity. The very first Witcher was created (as Geralt of Rivia was created) to hunt down and kill the unnatural monsters from these other worlds that terrorize the people of the Continent. 

Who is in the cast?

So far, the only cast member who has been announced is Jodie Turner-Smith, who had a starring role in 2019’s Queen & Slim and as Melantha Jhirl in Netflix’s George R.R. Martin adaptation Nightflyers. She’ll be playing Éile, “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess,” who quit her job as the Queen’s bodyguard in order to pursue a nomadic music career until a catastrophe on the Continent calls her back to service. 

You might also remember that Jason Momoa was rumored to have joined the cast, with the actor himself even posting fanart of himself in costume next to Henry Cavill as Geralt of RIvia, but that rumor hasn’t been confirmed yet. Fingers crossed! (Cavill, obviously, will not star in this prequel series.) 

Who else is involved? 

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the showrunner of The Witcher, will be an executive producer; Declan de Barra, who wrote, produced, and even contributed his singing talents to a few episodes of The Witcher, will showrun this miniseries; and Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the book series The Witcher is based on, will be a creative consultant.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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