May 29, 2023
Netflix 'The Witcher: Blood Origin' Showrunner Says 'You're Never Writing Exactly for Fans'

Netflix ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Showrunner Says ‘You’re Never Writing Exactly for Fans’

In the midst of numerous titles on the witcher star Henry Cavill leaving the Netflix series, the franchise continues with The Witcher: Origin of Blooda prequel to the story.

fans of the witcher have increasingly voiced their opinions on the Netflix adaptation of the famous franchise, including Cavill’s departure, but showrunner Declan De Barra pointed out that while fans of the franchise are particularly passionate about the narrative, it is not constructive to write specifically to serve a fan base.

“You never write exactly for the fans, it’s impossible because each person has their own version of this book in their head, their own version of Geralt, their own version of Yennefer, their own version of Conjunction of the Spheres” , said De Barra. Yahoo Canada. “It’s just such a massive fanbase and you’re never going to satisfy everyone.”

“So our job as storytellers is to tell the best across the line, the strongest story possible, and we love that kind of stuff. We are passionate about it. So it’s finding that across the line that will hopefully tell a story that will bring everyone on board in the future.

For executive producer Lauren Hissrich, she indicated that she “loves” engaging with “super passionate” fans, but she’s also ventured to make this franchise something that can connect with anyone. spectator.

“One of the things, from the very beginning, that I wanted with this franchise was to show that fantasy is actually for everyone,” Hissrich said. the witcher as someone who had spent hours playing the game, I had read the early books and fell in love with them, even before I was asked to do the series.”

“I then read the rest of them and realized, wow this show is actually for a lot of people. That’s why for me, I brought up a few more female characters. We’re all on diversity, inclusion, ensuring that the world we represent on screen represents the real world in front of us and shows that fantasy welcomes everyone.

The Witcher: Origin of Blood takes place 1200 years before the witcher story we saw, taking us back through time that led to the creation of the first Witcher prototype and the conjunction of the spheres, a moment from the books of Andrzej Sapkowski.

In this world, the elves are the monarchs, the overclass, and a group of seven misfit warriors gather to defeat Princess Merwyn (Mirren Mack) and her empire.

“Sapkowski has given us a great gift with his books by describing the elves and the state they are in, which is barely holding on, and they are the underdogs,” De Barra said. “It speaks of the Conjunction of the Spheres, which led humans to come and colonize them.”

“Let there be a story, go ahead, OK, I want to know how it happened and what this world was like before the great collapse. What incredible things could they do? What wonders did they have? How was the magic then? How did people dress? How did they talk? What was their architecture? What was their music? So that was the basis of where this originated.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Minnie Driver attends the London Premiere of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ at BFI Southbank on December 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Netflix)

“Amusing lines always normally go to men”

Regarding Lauren Hissrich’s goal of uplifting women in the witcher franchise, there are plenty of women to celebrate in The Witcher: Origin of Blood.

Notably, the legendary Minnie Driver joined the cast as Seanchai, the narrator of this tale. At the start of the four-part series, Seanchai tells Jaskier (Joey Batey) that she needs him to “sing a story to life”, as we go through this adventure. Seanchai is a shapeshifter who can travel between time and worlds, but very little of her kind remains.

“I think it was just a super imaginative idea for a character,” Driver said. “I love that they blend so much of the folklore that exists here in our world and the idea that she’s such a powerful force within this Witcher universe.”

“The idea that a story can perhaps change the course of history. I like this.”

Mirren Mack as Merwyn in

Mirren Mack as Merwyn in ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ on Netflix (Susie Allnutt)

An important part of The Witcher: Origin of Blood The story revolves around Mirren Mack’s character, Merwyn. A princess who was destined to marry as part of the Continent’s Civil War negotiations, but things take a turn as Merwyn strives to gain more control and attempts to usher in a “Golden Age”.

“How they designed Merwyn is that she is a prisoner of her situation and she was born into this patriarchal monarchy where she is told this is what you will do, you get married, you don’t have choice, you have no voice,” Mack explained. “Merwyn’s love of history and her thirst for knowledge is what kind of grounds her in that she has that voice, that she has opinions, that she’s meant for more.”

“Having autonomy, being decisive, taking control of your situation and turning it around. Even though [I personally] I don’t agree with everything she does, I think I found, in order to be able to play her well, I had to find that drive, that need to be prepared and seen as a person. To be able to dress how she wants, see what she wants, and help build a world she cares about.

Sophia Brown as Éile in

Sophia Brown as Éile in “The Witcher: Blood Origin” on Netflix (Lilja Jonsdottir)

Sophia Brown plays Éile, a member of the Raven Clan and now a well-known bard. In The Witcher: Origin of Blood she meets Fjall (Laurence O’Fuarain), a warrior who was banished from Xin’trea for sleeping with Princess Merwyn, and the two go from enemies to allies on a quest to avenge those who wronged them.

“I think being able to play an elite warrior, but also a sensitive kind of musician, being able to hold those two things together was so exciting to play,” Brown said.

Francesca Mills as Meldof in

Francesca Mills as Meldof in ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ on Netflix (Susie Allnutt)

Another highlight is Francesca Mills’ Meldof, a dwarf who travels the continent in search of the Xin’trean soldiers who murdered her lover.

“I want to be friends with Meldof, she’s got so much guts and she’s so strong, and she’s got a fight in her like no other,” Mills said. “She also has witty buckets and you don’t often see funny women on TV. Funny lines always go normally to men, so it’s nice to have that balance.”

“Also, I like her so when Brother Dead [Huw Novelli] and meeting her, they become friends. There’s no such thing as a dot, dot, dot of ‘oh will they be lovers?’ It’s pure friendship and I think for that to be seen, a dwarf woman in that light, I think that’s really exciting. Also with bad-ss fights, because she doesn’t take shit from anyone. She takes no prisoners.

The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix (Susie Allnutt)

The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix (Susie Allnutt)

“It’s revolutionary for me, it’s really epic”

For the witcher star Joey Batey, who plays fan-favorite Jaskier, he explained that where he believes Origin of blood really succeeds is in the way it picks up on, but expands on, Andrzej Sapkowski’s storytelling.

“What Declan had was this opportunity to go back and explore that, and take everything that Sapkowski wrote, the tonal dissonances that he employs, and translate it into his own narrative,” said Batey. “It is, for me, one of the most exciting things.”

“When I was reading the books, I was always like, ‘I wonder what happened and I wonder how it would have turned out? Declan basically took that and structured it into an incredible piece of TV cinema. It’s revolutionary for me, it’s really epic.

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