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The Witcher: Blood Origin ending explains Ciri's family and her future

The Witcher: Blood Origin ending explains Ciri’s family and her future

The Witcher: Origin of Blood Primarily concerns the beginnings of the Witcher universe as we know it, but that doesn’t stop it from connecting to the present of the series in important ways. While perhaps the most obvious is Jaskier (Joey Batey) appearing in the miniseries opener, Origin of blood also has a lot to say about the family and the future of the Princess of Cintra.

The role of Ciri (Freya Allan) in Origin of blood may not be immediately clear, but there are a few key details, including a major change from the books, that seem to play a very big role in the main show’s upcoming third season.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Witcher seasons 1 and 2 and The Witcher: Blood Origin.]

Origin of blood ends with a scene of Éile (Sophia Brown) receiving a prophecy from Ithlinne (Ella Schrey-Yeats), the young tavern elf who has visions. Ithlinne is a familiar character from the books, but has undergone a significant change in the show’s version of the Witcher verse. And, fittingly, her most famous and Ciri-centric prophecy has also come to light. The new version reads as follows:

The time of the spheres is upon us. Aen Seidhe lost through the skies. Cast adrift in time. Always looking for love, lost and left behind. The lark’s seed will carry the first note of a song that ends at all times. And one of his blood will sing the last.

With this new prophecy and the fact that it was given to Éile (who we now know to be a distant relative of Ciri for years), the series expands the timeline a bit to make Ciri’s arrival and fate much more complicated and long. -durable than it has seemed to be in the world of books and games.

This direct connection also makes Ciri a descendant of the original Witcher. This change looks set to take away her (likely) eventual transformation into the Witcher herself, making her a piece of inherited fate passed down by a very great-grandfather rather than a feat achieved by someone from special, even though she was born with Elder Blood. Rather than expanding the world by knowing all the people and places important to its greatest moments, Origin of blood reduces the entire world to a pinhole, with just a few prominent characters seemingly representing every significant event in the story.

To make this world reduction even clearer, the show’s post-credits scene gives us a brief glimpse of Ciri, seemingly in the time of the main Witcher series. As she plays with children in disguise, Avallac’h (Samuel Blenkin) watches her from the shadows. With this extremely vague tease, it looks like the series is suggesting that Avallac’h will be part of the main show’s third season, while hinting that he has in fact both found a way to time travel and a way to discern that Ciri is the child the prophecy speaks of.

As for the rest of the Witcher story, it also seems to belittle Lara Dorren’s story a bit, making her just one person in a long chain of elves that led to Ciri – even though she would still be remarkable to marry and have a child with a human.

All in all, it’s unclear what this take on Ciri’s prophecy actually means, or how it changes the world (except cutting it down to the smallest bits possible). But whatever implications it has for the rest of the world, we’re sure we know when the witcher season 3 is coming and likely putting Ciri center stage.