Netflix Is Expanding The Witcher Universe With Season 3 Renewal And… Children’s Programming?
Netflix held their weirdly named ‘TUDUM‘ event over the weekend, revealing glimpses of shows new and old coming to the streaming service. Foremost among their featured shows is The Witcher, the most popular fantasy series they currently air. Starring Henry Cavill as the gruff monster hunter Geralt of Rivia – The Witcher was one of the most popular on Netflix in 2019. And Netflix is fully leaning into the idea of a Witcher shared universe. Unsurprisingly, Netflix has renewed The Witcher for a third season, ahead of the premiere of season 2 in December. They also teased the upcoming prequel series Blood Origin, with some behind the scenes footage.
Netflix Will Expand The Witcher Universe
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Netflix is is clearly committing to an expansion of the The Witcher universe. There is obviously a lot of source material to draw from in the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. For example, Blood Origin will explore the world of The Witcher in a time when elves ruled the land. That series will lead up to the Conjunction of the Spheres, when various types of monsters came into the world – including humans.
Netflix also announced that a second anime film is coming, after the recent Nightmare of the Wolf. That film followed a young Vesemir, another Witcher who will appear in season 2 of the live-action series. All of these spin-offs and prequels make a certain amount of sense in building the world of The Witcher. But – in a most baffling twist – Netflix also announced that they will expand into children’s programming in The Witcher universe. Say what?
A Witcher Show For Kids?
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How many times have you sat down to watch The Witcher – a franchise full of shirtless men, terrifying monsters, and an inherent core of misogyny that the (women) showrunners are valiantly trying to overcome – and thought to yourself ‘this would make a great kids show?’ Because apparently Netflix did just that. This is kind of a confusing move, considering how much Netflix was pushing The Witcher as the next big adult fantasy show ala Game of Thrones. I cannot even fathom what a ‘family-friendly’ series based in the world would look like.
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Although The Witcher was one of the most popular Netflix shows of 2019, it still faced a significant amount of backlash and criticism. Many complained that the first season was too difficult to follow, with its non-linear narrative and overwhelming number of characters. However, there is also valid criticism around the show’s treatment of women. Something that is unfortunately baked into the original stories being adapted. It is possible that Netflix is trying to address this with the women-led prequel of Blood Origin.
But how will they handle these adult elements in a ‘family-friendly’ show? I guess they could take the basic premise of the fairy tales in the stories of The Witcher and tone down the horror and sex to appeal to younger audiences. But in doing so, they run the risk of seriously undermining their own storytelling in the primary series.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out. In the meantime, we have season 2 of The Witcher to look forward to when it airs on Netflix on December 17, 2021. And it seems likely that season 3 will not be far behind. Do you need a refresher on the world of The Witcher? Check out our guide to The Witcher and be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.