The Witcher writers ‘against’ bringing back Jaskier
The Witcher: Blood Origin trailer from Netflix
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Season three of The Witcher will eventually reunite the talkative bard Jaskier (played by Joey Batey) with short-tempered monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Thankfully, fans of the hit Netflix fantasy series won’t need to wait too long to check in with their beloved songsmith, as Geralt’s plucky companion will be making a guest appearance in Lauren Hissrich and Declan de Barra’s brand new prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin.
Lauren and Declan revealed it was never the plan to bring back Joey’s breakout character Jaskier in The Witcher’s new spin-off.
At the start of Blood origin, Jaskier finds himself in the heat of battle before he’s saved at the last minute by a powerful shapeshifter, Seanchai (Minnie Driver).
Despite his key role at the beginning and end of the series, Lauren wasn’t originally planning to have a cameo from the original Witcher series bookending the spin-off.
“We talked about it a lot, actually,” she told Express.co.uk and other press.
“The series was not initially conceived with the idea of this framing device. And I think we may have even been against it for a while.”
However, the writers eventually realised Jaskier could provide the perfect entry into The Witcher franchise for viewers who had not yet stepped into the brutal world of The Continent.
She explained: “But what we hope, and want, is that Blood Origin appeals not only to The Witcher audiences but to brand new audiences.
“If you’re coming in, especially as a new viewer, you kind of need to know where you’re landing.”
“Like, what is this all about? And that is something this framing device allowed us to have.”
Lauren and Declan eventually realised Jaskier’s role in making The Witcher such a hit made him an obvious choice to cross over into the new offshoot.
Not only did fans immediately take to him during the first season, but he also perfectly encapsulates the storytelling theme of this revealing new prequel.
“The reason why Jaskier is the perfect framing device?” Lauren continued. “I mean, yes Joey Batey’s a fan-favourite.
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“But, more than that, what Declan and the writers really wove was this idea that story can change everything. The way a story is told, the way it’s passed on or if it’s not passed on.”
“And I thought we already had Jaskier do ‘Toss a Coin to Your Witcher’ which is all about changing history.
“It was all about trying to get people on Geralt’s side and away from the concept of the butcher.”
The showrunner even teased Jaskier’s role in this story will lead nicely into The Witcher’s upcoming third season, which is expected to air next year.
“So this was the perfect way to open and close the show,” Lauren went on. “You have the Minnie Driver character saying, ‘This is a story that needs to be told’.
“And, by using Jaskier, it then works into our season three, as well, so we get to see how that story has impacted him.”
Declan added: “It was a no-brainer. We kind of got to the end and thought, ‘Why did we not think of this on the very first day?’”
The Witcher will sadly continue without Henry Cavill after season three, but hopefully Joey’s Jaskier is still around when Liam Hemsworth dons Geralt’s iconic wig and armour.
The Witcher: Blood Origin releases Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day, on Netflix.
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