The upcoming prequel show The Witcher: Blood Origin will explore the origins of the mysterious monoliths which featured so heavily in The Witcher season 2. Based on the book series created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher made its streaming debut on Netflix in 2019 with its first eight-episode season starring Henry Cavill as the Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Lauded by audiences and critics alike, the show has currently been renewed for a third season and spawned an animated spinoff film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. In July 2020, Netflix also greenlit a live-action miniseries, The Witcher: Blood Origin, which would serve as a prequel entry to the main series.
Set 1200 years before the events of The Witcher, Blood Origin will reveal the creation of the very first Witcher and the events which ultimately led to the Conjunction of the Spheres – an event that saw different worlds collide and resulted in the introduction of humans and monsters into the world of the Continent. Starring Sophia Brown and Everything Everywhere All at Once’s Michelle Yeoh, Blood Origin was first teased after the credits of The Witcher’s season 2 finale in December. The miniseries is currently slated to hit Netflix on December 25 this year.
According to Blood Origin creator and showrunner Declan de Barra, Witcher fans will also learn more about the monoliths which were touted as a remnant of the Conjunction of Spheres in The Witcher season 2. Speaking with Netflix’s Tudum, de Barra describes the monoliths as “the catalyst for a lot of what goes wrong in this world” and suggests that Blood Origin will explain how they came to be. Check out his comments below:
We learn the origin of the monoliths here. Who first made these monoliths? Why? And then we kind of understand how they became so important in the world of The Witcher later and the power that was bestowed upon them and how that came about. They’re the catalyst for a lot of what goes wrong in this world.
What makes the monoliths so interesting in the world of The Witcher is that they are not actually a part of the original lore from Sapkowski’s books. Rather the show’s creators appear to have taken their inspiration from a quest in The Witcher games, though their original meaning seems to have been repurposed. In The Witcher season 2 it is revealed that, according to the Continent’s historians, the monoliths were thought to be leftover impact points from the Conjunction of the Spheres. Their supposed connection to the Conjunction allows the giant stone obelisks to serve as pathways between the different realms.
First teased at the beginning of The Witcher season 1, when Ciri’s scream toppled a monolith in Cintra, whatever their origins, it became clear that the objects were intimately connected with Ciri’s role as the Daughter of Chaos. It was for Ciri’s abilitiy to access the monoliths’ power that Voleth Meir, the Deathless Mother, and the Wild Hunt sought to recruit her in the show’s second season. With The Witcher: Blood Origin now set to provide the monoliths with a more detailed backstory, perhaps Ciri’s true connection with them will be revealed.
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