The Witcher season 3 and Blood Origin spinoff release dates announced

Good news Witcher fans: we’ll soon be back on the Continent! Yesterday Netflix announced during its annual Tudum event that The Witcher season 3 will premiere during the summer of 2023.

The Witcher season 2 ended with in a cliffhanger, as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), his adoptive daughter Princess Ciri (Freya Allen), and his on-again-off-again sorceress lover Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Charlotra) came together at the witcher’s keep of Kaer Morhen to fight off the interdimensional threat of the Deathless Mother. Meanwhile, various forces began setting plans in motion to use Ciri’s mysterious powers for their own aims.

Season 3 finished filming earlier this month, and will adapt one of the most beloved books in Andrzej Sapkwoski’s The Witcher series, The Time of Contempt. The expectations are high for the show’s next installment, and thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer to see what happens next.

The Witcher season 3 poster

Image: Netflix/The Witcher

The Witcher: Blood Origin gets December release date

The news about The Witcher season 3 wasn’t the only bit of excitement for the franchise during Tudum. In addition to revealing the release window for the mothership show’s third season, Netflix also announced that The Witcher: Blood Origin will premiere on December 25. That’s a whole lot of witchering in the next year!

The Witcher: Blood Origin is set 1,200 years before the events of the mainline series, and will depict the Conjunction of the Spheres, a celestial event where various worlds merged, stranding elves, humans, monsters and more on the Continent. The series stars Michelle Yeoh as Scian, a nomadic elven warrior on a quest to retrieve a stolen sword. Her journey will bring her into contact with Fjall (Laurence O’Fuarain) and Éile (Sophia Brown), the show’s two other leads. And now Netflix has announced that Minnie Driver will narrate the show.

It was recently reported that Blood Origin was getting an overhaul, with its episode count being slashed form six down to four. Whatever was going on behind the scenes seems to have ironed out, since Netflix is now kicking its marketing for the series into high gear.

House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power may be dominating the fantasy television discourse this summer, but if Netflix has its way, next year we’ll all be talking about The Witcher. Keep your silver swords close at hand.

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h/t Variety