The Witcher: Blood Origin: release date, cast, plot, new trailer, and everything we know so far

Michelle Yeoh as Scian in The Witcher: Blood Origin.
Michelle Yeoh's character, Scian, featured prominently in the latest teaser. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Witcher: Blood Origin is one of many spin-offs on the way from Netflix's epic fantasy saga that's coming our way very soon.

Unlike the main series, The Witcher, this prequel won't see us following Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) on his travels. The Witcher: Blood Origin is a four-part limited series that takes place well before Geralt wandered the lands of the Continent. Instead, this series will send us 1200 years prior to the events of the mainline saga and will tell a story lost to time: the creation of the prototype Witcher.

Thanks to Tudum 2022, we finally know when we can expect to see the new Witcher prequel, and we've learned a very exciting piece of casting news. On November 10, Netflix also treated us to a new teaser trailer. Here's everything we know about The Witcher: Blood Origin so far...

The Witcher: Blood Origin release date

Netflix finally confirmed the release date for The Witcher: Blood Origin at Tudum 2022, and it looks like it'll be a Christmas treat, as the series hits Netflix on December 25.

Along with the release date, Netflix also unveiled the show's official poster, which you can check out below:

The Witcher: Blood Origin poster

The Witcher prequel hits Netflix this holiday season. (Image credit: Netflix)

How many episodes will The Witcher: Blood Origin have?

Blood Origin is a limited series that serves as a prequel to The Witcher, with six episodes planned for the upcoming series. If that's disappointing, don't worry; there's loads more Witcher content still to come.

What is The Witcher: Blood Origin about?

The Witcher: Blood Origin is a prequel to the original Netflix series that will tell a story set far before the events we've seen in the books or the Netflix shows so far and will reveal some of The Continent's history.

Netflix's description for the series reads: "Every story has a beginning. Witness the untold history of the Continent with The Witcher: Blood Origin, a new prequel series set in an elven world 1200 years before the events of The Witcher. 

Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time - exploring the creation of the first prototype 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"

Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski is on board as a creative consultant and The Witcher showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, is acting as an executive producer on the series.

The Witcher: Blood Origin cast

The Witcher: Blood Origin cast

Our main band of adventurers. (Image credit: Netflix)

The two biggest names attached to the prequel series are: Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) as Scían, a surviving member of a group of elves on a personal quest, and Sir Lenny Henry (The Rings of Power) as Chief Druid Balor.

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At Tudum, Netflix revealed that another huge star had joined the cast. Oscar-nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) was revealed to be starring in the show as its narrator, Seanchai. According to the announcement, Seanchai is "a shapeshifting collector of old lore with the abilities to travel between time and worlds"

The Witcher: Blood Origin also stars Laurence O'Fuarain as Fjall, Sophia Brown as Éile, Mirren Mack as Merwyn, comedian Dylan Moran as Uthrok One-Nut, Jacob-Collins-Levy as Eredin, Nathaniel Curtis as Brían, Lizzie Annis as Zacaré, Huw Novelli as Callan “Brother Death”, Francesca Mills as Meldof, Amy Murray as Fenrik, Zach Wyatt as Syndril and Aidan O'Callaghan as Kareg.

Jodie Turner-Smith was originally cast as Éile, but she was forced to leave the show due to scheduling conflicts back in April 2021, leaving Netflix to recast the role.

Is there a trailer?

Netflix has debuted a new teaser trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin. Beginning with Michelle Yeoh honing her swordplay, the teaser devolves into a showcase of battle scenes, brawls, and magic. Check it out below:

Netflix treated us to our first at The Witcher: Blood Origin in a post-credits teaser after the end of The Witcher season 2.

This exciting teaser gives us our first glimpse at our traveling band of heroes, the show's stunning setting, and some of the brutal fights that we've come to expect from anything set in The Witcher universe. 

Back in September 2021, Declan de Barra offered up a tongue-in-cheek set tour. He didn't give much away and joked about having genetically engineered the monsters that appear in the show, but it was a fun little behind-the-scenes trailer ahead of the official teaser that we've since gotten to see.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.