Netflix’s monster hunting fantasy show The Witcher is one of the streaming service’s biggest hits, and sometime this year we’ll be getting a brand new show set in that world: Blood Origin, a prequel series that takes place 1,200 years before the main show.
The Witcher: Blood Origin explores an event called the Conjunction of the Spheres, when multiple worlds overlapped and beings from many different planets (or “spheres”) were stranded on the Continent. The Witcher already touched on this event in the second season, where one plotline revolve around Ciri and her connection to the mysterious monoliths which act as conduits to access some of these other worlds.
Since The Witcher: Blood Origin is set so far in the past, we wouldn’t expect to see many familiar faces from the original show. But according to reports from The Witcher fan site Redanian Intelligence, at least one character from the mainline series may make an appearance in the prequel: Jaskier, everyone’s favorite bard.
Jaskier may tell the tale of The Witcher: Blood Origin
Jaskier, also known as Dandelion in The Witcher books and games, is a fan favorite character who often serves as the comedic relief in many of the story’s tense situations. For all that, he also shows himself to have a heart of gold in some very important moments. Jaskier is played by actor Joey Batey in the Netflix show, and every time the character comes on screen it’s a joy to watch Batey’s pitch-perfect interpretation. What would our witcher be, after all, without a trusty bard encouraging everyone to toss coins at him?
So how could Jaskier appear in a show set so far in the past? He reportedly appears in a tavern telling the tale of the Conjunction of the Spheres. Except that, in typical Jaskier fashion, some of the details are less than accurate. Apparently an elf will interrupt his performance, saying that the bard’s tale isn’t how it went down. Happily, they have a more accurate version.
It’s speculated that the elf who corrects Jaskier could have been alive during the time of the Conjunction. It’s also entirely possible that it’s one of the main elven cast members from thae series. Time will tell.
Blood Origin is a six-episode limited series due out sometime in this year. The cast includes Sophia Brown as Éile, Michelle Yeoh as Scían, Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall, Mirren Mack as Merwyn, Lenny Henry as Balor, Jacob Collins-Levy as Eredin, Lizzie Annis as Zacaré, Huw Novelli as Callan “Brother Death,” Francesca Mills as Meldof, Amy Murray as Fenrik, Nathaniel Curtis as Brían, Zach Wyatt as Syndril and Dylan Moran as Uthrok One-Nut. Declan de Barra will serve as showrunner, with mainline Witcher boss Lauren S. Hissrich serving as an executive producer and The Witcher novelist Andrzej Sapkowski attached as a creative consultant.