The promo campaign for The Witcher: Blood Origin starring Michelle Yeoh, Joey Batey, Laurence O’Fuarain, Lenny henry and Sophia Brown is in full swing. After a full trailer and many interviews, now we have our first look at two very anticipated characters: Eredin and Ithlinne.
Lore legends come to life
Thanks to a behind-the-scenes featurette, we now have our first look at one of the most anticipated characters from The Witcher: Blood Origin: Eredin Breacc Glas, who is a canonical antagonist from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, but more fans know him from CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
In Blood Origin, Eredin is not yet the leader of the Wild Hunt, but a captain of King Alvitir’s royal guard. Eredin is played by Jacob Collins-Levy.
When asked about what ties the main Witcher show to Blood Origin in an interview with Screenrant, showrunner Declan de Barra said: “[…] Avallac’h and Eredin, painting them from their baby stages, when they’re still quite innocent, and they haven’t been corrupted yet, and they become these multi-layered dark creatures in the games and the books and the [main Witcher show].”
Next up is the legendary prophet and sage Ithlinne Aegli aep Aevenien will be portrayed by Ella Schrey-Yeats. Ithlinne’s prophecy is known to everyone who has read the books and we’ll see her make it in real-time in Blood Origin. We even see a closeup on her face during this, precisely like they do it in the main Witcher series with Freya Allan’s Ciri.
Lauren Hissrich explained Ithlinne’s inclusion in Blood Origin in a recent interview with Screenrant:
“Ithlinne’s prophecy is all over the Witcher series, but it’s often talked about as this kind of folkloric thing. And so, even though we are told that we should believe it… If the people in the universe themselves don’t believe it, why should I, the viewer, believe it and how is it going to impact Ciri?
We go back, we meet Ithlinne as a young woman, and we watch her prophecize, and then we watch that come true with our own eyes. And, to me, that will lend so much credence to what we are going to watch Ciri go through in the main series.”
Watch the full video below:
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.