Looking Back at Netflix’s Million Dollar Gamble on ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’s’ Anniversary

Published 12/25/2023, 10:10 PM EST

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About four years back, the power play of otherworldly sorcery, along with the precise building of The Witcherverse, came to unfold with Netflix’s decision to produce Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series into a live-action adaptation series called The Witcher. Following its massive reception with the audience, a year back on Christmas Day, the makers, Lauren Hissrich and Declan de Barra created The Witcher: Blood Origin, a miniseries for the giant streamer.

In the light of a year’s mark, let us turn back the clock to revisit the lucrative venture by Netflix and its defining success. 

Netflix’s valuable stake in The Witcher

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The streaming hub which has been dominating the small screens with its in-house productions, also made way for The Witcher’s prequel release last Christmas with The Witcher: Blood Origin. The backdrop was set 1200 years ahead of The Witcher’s events in four episodes. The miniseries came after the incredible success and critical investment in the actualization of the primary series. Apparently, Netflix revealed to Forbes about spending over $318 million on making the first two seasons and its antecedent.

According to reports, approximately 76 million households had watched at least 2 minutes of the first installment. It is also one of the most-watched original production which acquired 541 million hours of view in 28 days. The Witcher: Blood Origin also made it to the top 10 for Netflix with an inception of over 15 million hours of view in the first week. The latter week it reached the third spot on the global radar with around 64.5 million views.

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While the expense window of The Witcher is a big figure, this also attests to how the makers have given its audience a slice of heaven with its globetrotting activities.

The Witcher’s breathtaking locations of filming

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The Witcher is a vision of Sapkowski’s maestro, but when Lauren Hissrich took the saddles of making its appearance fit for the screens, she took her inspiration from several places, including Marvel Comics. As a superhit series that dictates a fandom of its own, it also took the background score of its shooting as seriously as its budget and influence. The four-episodes-long series was filmed in Iceland to keep the magical essence intact.

Furthermore, the primary show, which is edging towards its fourth installment at the moment, also covered the tracks of many locations. This includes Italy, Hungary, Spain, Poland, and even the author’s homeland, Poland. The exploration also extended to Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Considering the large-scale acceptance and the picture-perfect world-building of the show, the high-stake investment makes all the more sense for its enthralling projections.

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What do you think of Netflix’s million-dollar investment in The Witcher’s making? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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