Henry Cavill is out as Geralt and Liam Hemsworth is in. What that fully means for The Witcher remains to be seen. But no matter how good the show’s new star might be that won’t change how much we’ll miss the series’ original White Wolf. We do know what will help us deal with Cavill’s surprise departure though: a spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh. She leads Netflix’s upcoming special prequel event The Witcher: Blood Origin. The show’s fantastic new trailer brings us to a time long ago, when the Continent saw the creation of the first witcher.
“Starring Michelle Yeoh” is really the only promotion this four-part special needs, but we’re not complaining about getting this trailer. We don’t care what era we visit the Continent during, we just want to spend more time there. For this series that will be when elves still wielded incredible power. Here’s Blood Origin‘s official synopsis from Netflix:
Set in an elven world 1200 years before the time of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri, The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell a tale lost to history: the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that led to the pivotal Conjunction of the Spheres, when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.
The series will seemingly tell a tale not even Geralt knows about, even though it influenced his life immeasurably. The original series references the “conjunction of the spheres” all the time. And learning the true origin of witchers could reframe everything we know about the group.
The Witcher: Blood Origin also stars Minnie Driver, Lenny Henry, Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophia Brown, Mirren Mack, Lizzie Annis, Francesca Mills, Zach Wyatt, and Huw Novelli. The only bad news we have to wait until December 25 to see it. But a show starring Michelle Yeoh is a fantastic present. Especially since we just lost the gift of Henry Cavill as Geralt.