Although the main The Witcher show has a bit of time jumps, the new miniseries The Witcher: Blood Origin does one massive jump 1200 years in the past to show a Final Fantasy-esque grouping of heroes fighting off villains, monsters, and causing the Conjunction of the Spheres.
Spoilers ahead for The Witcher: Blood Origin, which debuted on Netflix December 25.
With The Witcher: Blood Origin out now, we are diving head-long into the big questions surrounding the four-part series. From surprise characters like Avallac'h, surprise appearances by Ciri, the fall of Xintrea, and also the details of the Conjunuction of the Spheres, there's a lot to unpack here - so here we go.
The Witcher: Blood Origin ending recap
In the series finale episode four 'Of Mages, Malice, and Monstrous Mayhem,' our heroes of Blood Origin have made their way into the capital castle system of Xintrea and find themselves in a four-way war with Chief Druid Balor (Lenny Henry), Empress Merwyn (Mirren Hack), the Hydra Monster (AKA Balor's Beast), and the unified Xintrean army.
On the heroes' side, Scian (Michelle Yeoh) engaged in a bit of subterfuge to get the Xintrean's to give her money to hire sellswords of her own to be on their side against the castle guard.
Also, it doesn't hurt that Fjall (Laurence O'Fuarain) has been put through some medieval-version of the Super Soldier Serum to become a prototype Witcher - with all the power, but none of the training. Nevertheless, it's up to him to beat Balor's Beast.
Meanwhile, Éile (Sophie Brown) makes it her mission to depose Empress Merwyn.
Lastly, the conjucted twins Fenrik (Amy Murray) and Syndril (Zach Wyatt) are tasked to use their magic to defeat Balor.
Good news? The first three of those accomplish their tasks. The bad news? While Fenrik and Syndril do manage to defeat Balor, it's not before they break the Xintrean monolith and bring about the Conjunction of the Spheres.
In the aftermath of the battle, several of the key characters like Fjall, Balor, and Merwyn die by the end of the series. Those who did survive are scarred by these events - some physically, all emotionally.
But it's not without some good out of it. Éile is with child at the end of the series, with Fjall being the father. The Xintrean Empire is defeated, but there is a power vacuum left in its place - compounded by the insertion of human beings and other races from other universes thanks to the Conjunction of Spheres.
After the events of this time period wrap up, there's a modern-day ending where Seanchai (Minnie Driver) leaves Jaskier with this story to turn into song back in modern times.
Then, there's also a post-credits scene.
Is there a post-credits scene in The Witcher: Blood Origin?
Yes, although technically it's a mid-credits scene.
The Witcher: Blood Origin mid-credits scene jumps back to the opening minutes of The Witcher season one, with Ciri playing games in the street with her friends. This appears to be the same footage from the original show, not new - but what is new is the reveal that Avallac'h (Samuel Blenkin) has traveled through time using the monoliths to watch Ciri as she begins her destiny as seen in the main Witcher show.
Where are we in the Witcher timeline?Pretty much all of The Witcher: Blood Origin, minus the beginning minutes and the end, take place 1200 years before the events of the main The Witcher series. According to the narrator (more on her in a bit), this story is a "forgotten" tale from the past that she is bringing back to the fore to help people understand what's next in the main Witcher timeline.
Those key elements seem to be how the Conjnunction of the Spheres occured, who the heroes and villains are of the story, as well as who remains on the board after her story ends.
For more on The Witcher timeline, make sure you consult our The Witcher watch order.
So what caused the Conjunction of the Spheres?
It's revealed in The Witcher: Blood Origin that the Conjunction of the Spheres is caused by Balor, who uses connections to a mystery individual found on another world to gain the use of Chaos Magic. In one of the final battles of The Witcher: Blood Origin, Balor (and his Chaos Magic) match up with Fenrik and Syndril's twin magic - but it interacts with the Xintrean Monolith, causing it to crumble - and with it to bring down the walls between realms (or Spheres), thus leading to various other universe's worlds to merge with the Witcher's world.
The landscape seemingly remains that of the Witcher world, but people, animals, and in some cases even sea ships, are all moved into this crossroads of a world.
Who is Minnie Driver playing in The Witcher: Blood Origin?
Minnie Driver makes her Witcher debut in The Witcher: Blood Origin as Seanchai, a mystical figure who is one-part narrator, one-part Lady of the Lake-esque figure which introduces the story and bridges the gap between the modern-day story of The Witcher and the 'forgotten' story of 1200 years ago, that of the seven heroes of The Witcher: Blood Origin.
What she truly is hasn't been revealed, but we do know this - she is a shapeshifter, but is likely to take human form. I won't presume she's a doppler, as she has much more powers than a doppler would typically.
She remains alive by the end of the series, so it's possible she will appear in future installments of the Witcher franchise.
What's next?As of the morning of December 25 with The Witcher: Blood Origin available for all to see, this show is framed as a four-part miniseries and not a 'first season' with the prospect of a second. That could of course change, but for right now the the story will continue in The Witcher season 3.
Who is the prototype Witcher?
Although Éile at first attempted to be chosen to become the prototype Witcher, Fjall sacrifices himself to undergo the process by Fenrik and Syndril to be 'powered up' into this monstrous individual - who in story, isn't given the name of a Witcher.
Although Netflix has confirmed that Fjall is the prototype Witcher, it's curious that Syndril and Fenrik bring up that Syndril had a previous failed attempt at a prototype WItcher - Fenrik's unnamed mother, who seemingly died in the process.
Why did Princess Merwyn betray her family?
As explained in the first two episodes of The Witcher: Blood Origin, Meryn betrays her brother and aligns with Balor and Eredin (Jacob Collins-Levy) to kill the various clans and unify the various sects into a unified Xintrean Empire. She, who claims to be a student of history, says she did this to avoid being a pawn in other people's lifes, and to be avoid being married off as a power play in her brother's games.
How do the Witcher monoliths work?
There's not a technical manual for the monoliths yet, but it appears that mages such as Balor, Syndril, and Avallac'h can use the monoliths with some magical training - training which Syndril seems to have innovated.
How is Jaskier involve in The Witcher: Blood Origin?
In a surprise reveal, the modern-day bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) appears in the opening and closing moments of The Witcher: Blood Origin. He's not time traveling though - the main story of The Witcher: Blood Origin is a story told to him by the seeminly omniscient narrator Seanchai. Why? For him to did recount this story in song, and have it spread through the lands of the modern-day The Witcher stories in hopes of informing people about the Conjunction of Spheres, and also to inspire people with the story of heroes uniting against an overpowering evil.
WHat is the big monster of The Witcher: BLood Origin?
To help topple the Xintrean regime at the opening of The Witcher: Blood Origin, Balor utilizies a Hydra Monster (AKA the Balor's Beast) by borrowing it from a shadowy figure in another world which he met through the Xintrean monolith.
Who is Avallac'h in the Witcher universe?
That's a big question. We've turned that into a full story you can read here.
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