The Witcher: Blood Origin is at risk of being spoilt.
Minnie Driver, the Witcher: Blood Origin actress, has said that she won’t be appearing in season 3 Netflix’s main Witcher show.
Speaking exclusively to TechRadar at the spin-off show’s UK junket, Driver attempted to play down reports that her character – Seanchaí – will make the jump to the main series, starting with The Witcher season 3.
In Blood Origin, Driver’s Seanchaí is a shapeshifting storyteller who can traverse time and space. These abilities allow the mysterious chronicler to travel to different time periods and realms, telling forgotten stories to specific people as she goes. In doing so, Seanchaí has the power to guide various worlds (and their races) down a different path – one that hopefully leads to a brighter future for all.
Given Seanchaí’s time-traveling ability, fans of Netflix’s live-action Witcher series believe it’s only a matter of time before Driver’s character crosses over into the main show. After all, Seanchaí interacts with fan favorite character Jaskier (Joey Batey) in Blood Origin, so the spin-off series has set a precedent for her bumping into other Witcher characters down the line.
Driver was, however, hesitant to confirm her participation in The Witcher season 3.
“No – I mean, I wish!” Driver answered when asked if she could confirm that she was in season 3. “There’s so much secrecy surrounding the show, simply because the creators want fans to have the best possible experience when they view it.” These discussions were not my part.
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It’s easy to assume Driver’s answer is PR speak. She said that, given the secrecy surrounding Netflix’s Witcher series it wouldn’t fair to one the most popular Netflix shows’ fanbases, it wouldn’t take long for her to confirm her involvement at the stage. Still, filming on The Witcher season 3 has wrapped – the show’s third season arrives in Q2 2023 – so Driver knows if her character is part of proceedings, even if she and Netflix are unwilling to divulge that just yet.
While she couldn’t directly address that question, Driver revealed that she would be open to reprising her role as Seanchaí in a different season of The Witcher or even her own spin-off project. If Seanchaí stars in her own Netflix production, there’s one particular Witcher character that Driver would love to interact with, too.
Driver said, “Just hanging out Geralt would be cool.” “But yeah, this world and this character are my favorites. I love that she can move through dangerous terrains and shapeshift out of them.
“I think the idea that you are the holder of stories is so profoundly and magical. So I would really love to see her approach other characters, and help them with their stories in this world. But we’ll have a look at what happens.
If Driver’s Seanchaí doesn’t appear in The Witcher season 3, she won’t be interacting with Henry Cavill’s hugely popular depiction of Geralt of Rivia. After season 3, Cavill will be leaving the hit Netflix series. Liam Hemsworth will assume the role of Geralt in The Witcher seasons 4 and beyond.
Fans reacted furiously to this news, even going so far to start a Change.org petition (opens in a new tab) To get Netflix to fire the show’s writers but retain Cavill’s services. TechRadar exclusively learned that Lauren Hissrich, The Witcher’s showrunner, said that she understood the concerns of fans about Cavill’s departure. However, she hopes that the fanbase will continue to follow the live-action series to the future.
While we wait for Blood Origin and The Witcher season 3 to arrive – Blood Origin will be released on Netflix on December 25 – check out how to read The Witcher books in order. The Witcher 4 is the next entry in CD Projekt RED’s videogame adaption of Andrzej sapkowski’s fantasy novel series.