The live-action prequel to The Witcher subtitled Blood Origin starring Michelle Yeoh, Laurence O’Fuarain, Lenny Henry and Sophia Brown is coming closer and closer, with a trailer released just a few days ago. Now, the press junkets are happening and we finally have a confirmation of one of our big scoops for this mini-series.
The bard returns in The Witcher: Blood Origin
Earlier today, Lenny Henry, who plays Balor, revealed that he too had been busy with the press junkets. He also revealed his partner for the day. The partner in question is none other than Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier.
Now, this isn’t a surprise as we had known about Jaskier’s involvement since October 2021, but it is very nice to have it confirmed nonetheless.
How Jaskier’s scenes fit in Blood Origin
To remind you of how Jaskier will appear in Blood Origin, that will be in the present day, so the bard isn’t immortal as some suggest. His scenes will take place somewhere between either Season 1 and Season 2 or between Season 2 and Season 3 of The Witcher.
One of the scenes that we know of, the prologue of Blood Origin, is Jaskier in his natural habitat: in front of a crowd. He starts telling or singing them the a wrong or too colorful version of story. A figure then interrupts him and tells Jaskier that this isn’t how it happened. They then proceed to tell him how it really happened.
The figure in question is very likely Minnie Driver‘s Seanchai, who is described as a shape-shifting time-traveler and collector of histories and lore.
Seanchai is also the narrator of Blood Origin, not Jaskier. That means she isn’t narrating the story to us, the audience, but to Jaskier, who absorbs it and will perhaps start singing the true version if he changes his mind on “respect not making history”.
As for other scenes Jaskier is part of, there shouldn’t be many as this isn’t his series. Nonetheless, we heard from a source back in April that the reshoots for Blood Origin involved Jaskier as well. That was also when we heard about Blood Origin consisting of only four episodes instead of six.
It’s also worth mentioning that the photo of Seanchai seen above, was made on April 21, 2022, during the reshoots for Blood Origin. Jaskier could be part of that scene as well.
If we were to speculate, we could either get one Jaskier scene per episode or a prologue and an epilogue, making that between two and four scenes total. But that’s only speculation based on what we know and how other productions generally used to do it, namely how The Hobbit did it with old Bilbo Baggins in the prologue of the first film and the epilogue of the last.
Season 3 of The Witcher is in post-production for a Summer 2023 release. The live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin has been set a Christmas 2022 release. Stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence and do pop into our Discord server to join in on The Witcher conversation.