Here’s everything we know about The Witcher season 3. The first season of The Witcher was the most successful debut of a Netflix original show to date. Following Henry Cavill’s The Witcher performance, nobody was surprised when it was renewed for a second season. Despite production delays due to the pandemic, The Witcher season 2 continued the story of Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer and their friends and foes. With Henry Cavill leaving the show after The Witcher season 3, however, it’s uncertain whether a long-term future is in store for the show, as the popularity of the first two seasons largely hinged on Cavill’s performance in the titular role.
Nonetheless, the second season left behind plenty of mysteries and unanswered questions for The Witcher season 3 to resolve. The Witcher season 3’s official confirmation was really only a formality, and Netflix didn’t bother to try to pretend otherwise, announcing the renewal in September 2022’s TUDUM event. The Witcher is based on the popular fantasy books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and like the books, it’s been changing story structure with each season. The first wave of short stories by Sapkowski hopped around the timeline with impunity, and season 1 honored that. However, with season 2, the show has committed itself to the overarching narrative of Sapkowski’s longer stories.The Witcher season 3 will doubtless continue this trend, making the show’s future a fascinating prospect. That’s not all that’s known about Geralt of Rivia’s next live-action outing though, so here’s all The Witcher season 3 info so far.
The Witcher Season 3 News: Henry Cavill Is Leaving The Witcher
In October 2022, Henry Cavill’s Witcher exit was announced by the actor himself through an Instagram post, confirming that The Witcher season 3 will be his last. Cavill also endorsed the show’s new Geralt of Rivia: The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. Here’s what Henry Cavill said via Instagram:
My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4. In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.
This was largely met by backlash aimed at showrunners, with rumors that Cavill left because he was unhappy with the treatment of Sapkowski’s books, or that Cavill was fired by Netflix. Showrunners have since denied these rumors. In fact, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich has even promised to give Henry Cavill a proper and “heroic sendoff” in his last stint as Geralt in The Witcher season 3.
The Witcher Season 3 Release Date Info
Netflix is yet to announce an official release date for The Witcher season 3, but seems likely to follow through on their initial promise to release it in the summer of 2023. As revealed by The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich in a December 2022 interview, the projected release date is “still a very long time, eight-ish months or so until Witcher Season 3 comes out.” Hissrich’s estimate means that The Witcher season 3, despite the surrounding controversy, could still get released by August 2023, with Netflix reportedly eyeing a two-part release.
The Witcher Season 3 Cast (As We Know It)
The main cast will presumably reprise their roles for The Witcher season 3, including Henry Cavill’s The Witcher protagonist Geralt of Rivia for one final season, Freya Allan’s Ciri, Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, and Joey Batey’s Jaskier. Although the party will leave Kaer Morhen, meaning the other witchers likely won’t appear, key politicians and sorcerers will certainly return – including Anna Shaffer’s Triss, Graham McTavish’s Djikstra, and Mahesh Jadu’s Vilgefortz, whose secret history will be revealed in the third season. The elven subplot will undoubtedly continue, while Mimi Ndiweni’s Fringilla and Eamon Farren’s Cahir the Black Knight should return as well. Bart Edwards will also be reprising his role as Emhyr/Duny/White Flame, exploring some of the twists at the end of The Witcher season 2.
The Witcher Season 3 Story Details
The Witcher season 3 will be based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s second Witcher Saga novel Time of Contempt, in which the political intrigue at Thanedd Island erupts into an open coup, with Geralt of Rivia drawn into the thick of it. Yennefer’s attempts to train Ciri in magic go badly wrong, ultimately leading to Ciri being separated from her guardians. Additionally, Cahil’s arc moved in an unexpected direction when he becomes allied with Geralt the Witcher rather than opposed to him. Netflix’s official The Witcher season 3 synopsis, as expected, confirms that Geralt will take Cintra into hiding, and with Yennefer’s help, will be busy evading beasts, monarchs, mages, and the Wild Hunt.
Notably, The Witcher season 2 adapted Blood of Elves, but didn’t follow it exactly, while also revealing the truth about Ciri’s parentage a lot more quickly than Sapkowski’s novels. The Netflix TV series is clearly willing to deviate from the books on occasion, which has been a major point of contention from long-time readers of the books and other audience members calling for the series to stay truer to Sapkowski’s original vision. In any case, it’s safe to say that the third season will continue to hinge on the overarching narrative of Emhyr/Duny’s search for his daughter.
The Witcher Season 3 Trailer Info
The Witcher season 3 has no official trailer yet, but one could be released soon with the third season being slated to stream this year. Curiously, however, Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin includes an after-credits scene that adds another person to the list of Witcher characters hunting Ciri – an unofficial teaser for the third season. In this scene, Blood Origins’ Avallac’h – armed with Syndril’s Book of Monoliths – is revealed to be standing in the doorway Ciri looks at during a game of knucklebones back in The Witcher season 1, in which Ciri originally glanced at an empty doorway. Apart from connecting the spinoff to the main series, this also means viewers can expect to see more time travel in The Witcher season 3.