Blood Origin Lies Together Two Timelines 1,200 Years Apart

The Witcher: Blood Origin is set in the Elven golden era 1,200 years ago. | via Netflix

by | Dec 4, 2022

While Henry Cavill might not be a part of The Witcher: Blood Origin, it seems like the prequel will be tying into the original series at a deeper level than we first thought. The show’s first trailer gave us a greater look at Blood Origin’s key characters. The surprising part, however, was the appearance of a characteristic lute, followed by its owner: Jaskier the Bard.

The trailer gives us a more insightful look into the massive monoliths found in the show, which are suspected to be “causing tears between worlds.” This might be the reason behind the appearance of Joey Batey’s Jaskier, as the series takes place about 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher, in the “Elven golden era.”

The trailer begins by introducing us to Michelle Yeoh’s Scian, the last member of a nomadic tribe of sword elves. It gives us the first clear look at the main showrunners, with a team of seven outcasts joining forces in a quest against an “all-powerful empire.” Other key characters include Lenny Henry as Chief Druid Balor, Laurence O’Fuarain as the warrior Fjall, and Sophia Brown as Éile.

Towards the end of the trailer, Minnie Driver’s Seanchai, the series’ narrator and “a shapeshifting collector of old lore with the abilities to travel between time and worlds,” comes across a Jaskier. She informs the bard “I need you to sing a story back to life.” In a dazed manner, Jaskier replies by asking if she’s got the right man for the job.

This is more or less a clear indication that Jaskier’s appearance is tied to the monoliths, and how he may have leaped across time to manifest 1,200 years into the past. This might even indicate that The Witcher might be more tied to Blood Origin than what was first believed. We might even get an appearance from Michelle Yeoh in the original series.

While Cavill’s departure from The Witcher was a big disappointment for the fandom, it could be speculated that Blood Origin might play a hand in it. Cavill has expressed his discontent with the show’s deviation from Andrzej Sapkowski’s original novels and the games. When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cavill talked about how long he would remain committed to the series, expected to last for at least seven seasons. “As long as we can keep telling great stories which honor (author Andrzej) Sapkowski’s work,” noted the actor.

For better or for worse, it seems like Liam Hemsworth’s Geralt of Rivia will introduce us to some big deviations from the original lore of ­The Witcher, and you might not want to miss out on the prequel to get even more immersed in the story.

Coming to Netflix on December 25th, The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a four-part series, putting an epic end to Netflix’s streak of excellent shows across 2022. You will not have to wait long for Henry Cavill’s final run as Geralt of Rivia either, with the main Witcher series set to come to Netflix in the summer of 2023.