The Witcher fans demand cancellation after ‘worst reviews ever’

The Witcher: Blood Origin trailer from Netflix

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Netflix’s popular fantasy series based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski has had a divided response from fans so far. The Witcher’s producers have faced a challenging year thanks to the departure of its lead star Henry Cavill and could suffer another major setback after the release of its critically panned prequel series, Blood Origin.

Fans have slammed the latest release from The Witcher franchise claiming it could be grounds for the series to be cancelled.

The four-part limited series, Blood Origin, was released on Christmas Day and has since taken a thrashing from critics and viewers alike.

After just three days, the series currently sits at a 10 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the worst ratings for a Netflix Original series.

Although the series did reach the top of the charts for the streamer, fans clearly weren’t impressed when they tuned in over the holiday season.

Many of them launched an attack on the franchise on Twitter, calling for the series to be done with after Henry’s exit and its weak attempt at a spin-off.

“Actual dialogue from The Witcher: Blood Origin,” Twitter user @LegacyKillaHD said, remarking on a string of obscenities from a main character.

“It’s as dreadful as it looked. Netflix should seriously fire everyone involved with the writing and cancel further spin-offs. What a joke they’ve turned this beloved franchise into.”

“Netflix needs to cancel everything they’re doing with The Witcher universe,” @Only1Throne said.

“The main show is a** and now this Blood Origin show is even worse. They literally don’t understand the world of The Witcher.”

@BadgerWThumbs tweeted: “If @Netflix has any sense they’ll cancel The Witcher: Blood Origin and use those funds to replace the writers on #TheWitcher and bring Henry Cavill back.”

Jordan Nelson said: “Wow, Blood Origin by @witchernetflix was hard to watch but gave it an honest chance.

“Even my wife, who’s a huge fan of the main show, just walked out on episode two.”

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“Guys, get it together or cancel the IP. You’re ruining our favourite series.”

“At first I was so excited when I realised that my favourite [series] The Witcher will be filmed by Netflix,” @Luc_Deveraux86 wrote.

“Now I’m just dreaming that you will cancel the whole project and just let it go… that is just agony and everybody knows it.”

@RedBeardHimself said: “They gotta cancel all the Witcher projects moving forward if it’s anything like Blood Origin. It’s dog s**t at best.”

Critics have aimed their criticisms at Blood Origin’s thinly-drawn characters and derivative storylines, and their score currently sits at 33 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Unfortunately, critiques from die-hard fans of The Witcher – which includes novels and video games – were even harsher, so the prequel likely won’t have legs beyond the first season.

Even so, the mothership series continues to perform well in the ratings and will return next year for Henry’s third and final stint as Geralt of Rivia.

Liam Hemsworth is poised to take over from season four, but Netflix may now have to wait and see how the next outing is received before moving forward.

The Witcher seasons 1-2 and The Witcher: Blood Origin are available to stream on Netflix.

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