Does Netflix’s The Witcher Need More Spinoffs?

With a live-action prequel miniseries, a brand new animated movie by Studio Mir, and of all things, a family-friendly animated series already in the works, one can very easily be forgiven for thinking that Netflix’s The Witcher is as on top of the world as game of Thrones it was at the height of its popularity. Indeed, there is good reason for thinking this beyond all the announced spinoffs. Both currently available seasons of Netflix’s The Witcherdespite all their flaws, were very well received by fans, with said fans, of course, eagerly anticipating the show’s upcoming third season.

To keep fans sated in the meantime, however, it appears as if Netflix is ​​going the route of spinoffs in an attempt to get as much out of The Wicher franchise as they can. In August 2021, Netflix released the animated movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf by Studio Mir, which served as the origin story for Geralt’s mentor Vesemir prior to his official introduction in season two. Now with season three on the horizon, Netflix appears to have expanded their spinoff repertoire with not just one but three completely separate (but all still canon) series.


Now, in general, there is nothing at all wrong with spinoffs, especially if they are just as entertaining as the source material they spun off from. However, there is a point at which spinoffs become infuriating, and fans simply cannot stand them. This point is usually when the spinoff series become necessary to watch, as they deliver plot-critical information that would leave both fans of the main series and general audiences greatly confused if they did not watch the spinoff. Comic books have a similar problem whenever they have big crossover events between all the major characters. To promote the event, publishers produce “tie-in issues” that are part of each individual character’s books that somehow tie back into the main event series. Then plot-critical information, which is sometimes necessary to know for the event miniseries itself, is dropped in one of these tie-in issues. Fans are left greatly confused, as this information was not presented to them in the main event miniseries itself, meaning that they absolutely needed to read the tie-in issue to understand the event and the comic book publisher fully expected these fans to buy and read each tie-in issue without question.

While more expensive to produce, spinoffs to live-action series are the same way, as when they become necessary to watch, they defeat the whole purpose of being a spinoff.

Addition, Not Subtraction

Much like Netflix’s original Witcher series, no major plot details (at least none that fans are aware of at time of writing) appear to have been altered in any way, meaning that what Netflix is ​​essentially doing is adding brand-new things without taking anything away. One of the best examples of this in the main series is the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerburg’s subplot in seasons one and two. In the original source material, the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, while Yennefer was a major character, her origin de ella was never properly described, only hinted at. The entire subplot with her de ella losing her magic de ella in season two did not happen at all, meaning that all of those scenes are brand new and were added solely for the sake of expanding upon the lore of the live-action series.

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The 2021 animated movie, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, appeared to work very much the same way. It expanded upon the story of Geralt’s mentor Vesemir and was careful not to touch anything that was happening in the main series itself. Much like Yennefer, in the books, Vesemir’s origin is never properly explained, only hinted at. While there are more hints to his past of him in The Witcher videogames, none of them are canon with the original source material, so anything in them can easily and safely be ignored.

Completely Original Material

Because of Netflix’s predilection for adding things to The Witcher rather than taking away, while the story told in the books does not appear to be in any major danger, this also means that there is nothing at all in the source material to pull from regarding what to do for these spinoffs. The upcoming The Witcher: Blood Origin, which is set to debut at some point this year, is supposedly set 1200 years before Geralt’s birth and tells the story of the very first witcher. There is nothing at all in any of the books or any other canon material that even hints at, much less tells or makes reference to that story. This means that Netflix is ​​entirely on its own with The Witcher: Blood Origin and will not be able to rely on the source material for inspiration.

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This is also true for the next animated movie and the family-friendly animated series, as there will be nothing from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books that definitively tell what the actual story of these events were. So for better or worse, with these spinoffs, Netflix is ​​entirely on its own, meaning it is entirely up to them whether any of these spinoffs are actually entertaining or simply a waste of the fan’s time.

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