The Witcher: Bloodborne just got a release date. At its online-only event Tudum 2022, Netflix revealed that the highly anticipated Witcher prequel series will hit theaters on December 25. The news comes about a year after Netflix released The Witcher’s post-credits trailer for The Witcher season 2 after the show’s final episode. The studio also released a poster showing the weapons of chief fighters Haji and Fjall, played by Sophia Brown and Laurence O’Fuarain respectively. Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All On Once) also leads the cast as Scian, the sword genie.

Set in a world of elves, 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin tells the story of seven wanderers who band together fight an unstoppable force. The six-part series explores important legendary events, such as the “merging of the spheres” that united the realms of humans, monsters, and elves into one. While Geralt of Rivia and Vesemir are the most famous and popular monster hunters, The Witcher: Origins of Blood gives us a glimpse into the original witcher archetype – for those who don’t know Say, they are genetic mutations.

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That said, the two events are centuries apart from each other, which raises the question of how Netflix intends cover them without causing confusion. According to the studio’s interactive map, the first witcher was created by mages in 967 after the events of the Conjunction. That amounts to a gap of 233 years between the two plot lines—a tall order—and makes the 10-year time jump in HBO’s House of the Dragon look like child’s play.

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Declan de Barra, who previously penned two episodes of the series directed by Henry Cavill, returns as the creator of The Witcher: Origins. He’s joined by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, executive producer on the mainline The Witcher franchise. The prequel also stars Mirren Mack, Jacob Collins, Lenny Henry, Liz Annis, Hugh Novelli, Amy Murray, Francesca Mills, Nathaniel Curty Starring Zack Wyatt and Dylan Moran.

The Witcher: Blood Origins launches December 25, exclusively on Netflix.

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