The Witcher: Blood Origin showrunner hints at more The Witcher spinoff series

Declan De Barra has hinted that Netflix may produce more spinoff series.

As if the bombing the first live-action The Witcher spin-off wasn't enough, Declan de Barra has teased the possibility that The Witcher Universe will continue its expansion with new spinoffs following the release of The Witcher: Blood Origin.

The Witcher: Blood Origin debuted on Netflix on December 25 but failed to live up to expectations.

The animator-screenwriter provided these hints during a recent interview with Radio Times where he, alongside his co-showrunner Lauren Hissrich, discussed Blood Origin, from the characters to the series production.

In the interview, de Barra praised Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the original book series, for the incredible job he did with the series. In his words, "[Andrzej] Sapkowski is the king of the closed-ended story. The more we read of his books, the broader the tapestry of the world." He continued, "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."

Netflix's The Witcher debuted in 2019 to much critical and commercial acclaim. It's based on the eponymous book series by Andrzej Sapkowski and has inspired a highly successful video game franchise. The third season, currently in post-production, is slated for release sometime in the summer of 2023. It will feature fan-favorite, Henry Cavill, as the protagonist Geralt of Rivia for the last time after which Liam Hemsworth will take over the character’s medallion for the foreseeable future.

Blood Origin's showrunner hinted that fans of Sapkowski's fantasy world might still see more of that world in other spinoffs.

This isn't the first time we're hearing of Netflix's plans for future The Witcher spin-offs. The streaming behemoth announced at last year's TUDUM fan event that it will produce another animated film following the success of Nightmare of the Wolf. Fans can also look forward to a family-friendly series set in the same universe. But, since making the announcements, the company hasn’t provided any further detail about the planned shows. Also, a recent report claims that the platform has greenlit a new spinoff series that will focus on Nilfgardian criminals by the name of the Rats that Ciri, one of the series’ major characters, stays with for some time.

The Witcher: Blood Origin is a fantasy prequel miniseries with only four episodes. The series follows a group of elves, about 1200 years before The Witcher, who unite to fight an empire in the days before the Conjunction of the Spheres. It also chronicles the creation of the first Witcher. While there were a lot of expectations for the show, it ended up being a disappointment and is currently the worst-rated original show on Netflix.

The Witcher season 1 and 2, as well as the two existing spinoffs, The Witcher: Blood Origin and The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, are currently streaming on Netflix.

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