Time to start watching The Witcher, if you haven’t already. Many viewers are drawn to the show because of Henry Cavill’s performance as the moody, ageless monster hunter Geralt, but that’s not all there is to it.
This Netflix fantasy series is set in a medieval world known as the Continent, and it feels like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, with lots of action and steamy romance.
Season 2 of the Andrzej Sapkowski–based fantasy series was streamed for an astounding 462.5 million hours, making it one of Netflix’s top 10 most-watched shows of all time and outperforming the most popular series on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV+.
The release date for Season 3 of The Witcher has been announced, satisfying fans’ long wait. I mean, what should we anticipate? Will Geralt be able to protect Ciri from her newest adversary, or will the kings and animals continue to pursue her?
How sizzling will Geralt and Yennefer’s relationship become? What we know about the release date, returning cast members, source material, and overall plot of The Witcher Season 3 are detailed here.
The White Wolf, you will be missed.
On Instagram on October 29, 2022, Henry Cavill dropped the bombshell that he will no longer be appearing in Netflix’s The Witcher. Season 3 has already been shot, thus this won’t take effect until Season 4 and afterward.
A letter he penned read: “My trip as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and regrettably, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4.”
This was very unexpected, although it may have been related to his possible Superman comeback in the DCEU. There will be additional analysis and comments on this development later.
It has been updated by Deadline Hollywood, citing their own sources, that “Cavill had made a short-term pact for The Witcher and thought it was time to move on after three seasons on the program, which films internationally and has a tough production schedule.” For Season 4, Henry and his co-stars have renegotiated their contracts.
The new Geralt of Rivia is played by Liam Hemsworth.
Without Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher just wouldn’t work, so a new lead character will have to be found. After continuing his previous post, Cavill said:
“In my absence, the marvelous Mr. Liam Hemsworth will become the new White Wolf. With respect for the time spent embodying Geralt and excitement to witness Liam’s perspective on this most fascinating and nuanced man, I pass the torch, like with the greatest of literary characters.
His next words were, “Liam, nice sir, this guy has such a lovely depth to him, enjoy digging in and seeing what you can find.” Hemsworth issued the joint statement himself:
“As a huge fan of The Witcher, I couldn’t be more excited about the chance to portray Geralt of Rivia. I am deeply grateful to Henry Cavill for his brilliant portrayal of Geralt, and I am honored to pick up the White Wolf’s blades in the next act of his saga.
Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time now because of how you interpreted this classic figure. I know I have large shoes to fill when I enter The Witcher universe, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to do so.
Season 3 of The Witcher is expected to premiere in the summer of 2023.
Season 3 of The Witcher will premiere in the summer of 2023. Even while we don’t have a more precise date to work with, we can now expect the next Netflix installment to drop between June and August of 2023.
The season’s last episode has been filmed. Even Henry Cavill has sent a special greeting in honor of the event. The show is presently in post-production, and we should hear more about a release date and even see a trailer next year.
— Netflix (@netflix) September 24, 2022
For those curious about The Witcher, what will happen in season 3?
The Witcher’s official Twitter account followed up their production news with a tantalizing tease about what to expect from season three. Along with the image, they wrote, “We’re also happy to unveil the official plot summary for the future season.
” The Witcher, as fans of the books by Andrzej Sapkowski know, was adapted for Netflix by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, so fans may assume that the third season will be faithful to the source material.
A few events from the second novel in the series, The Time of Contempt, were referenced at the end of season two. Following the storyline of the same book makes sense, as Ciri continues her sorceress training in the third series.
Witcher Season 3 Character information
Here’s The Witcher season 3’s likely cast:
- Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
- Freya Allen as Princess Cirilla of Cintra
- Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
- Joey Batey as Jaskier
- Eamon Farren as Cahir
- MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries
- Mimî M. Khayisa as Fringilla Vigo
- Royce Pierreson as Istredd
- Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold
- Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz
- Tom Canton as Filavandrel
- Media Simson as Francesca Findabair
- Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor
- Terence Maynard as Artorius Vigo
- Graham McTavish as Sigismund Dijkstra
- Ed Birch as King Vizimir of Redania
- Sam Woolf as Rience
- Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia van Bredevoort
- Cassie Clare as Philippa Einhart
- Wilson Mbomio as Dara
- Bart Edwards as Duny/Emperor Emhyr, aka The White Flame of Nilfgaard
- Meng’er Zhang as Milva
- Robbie Amell as Gallatin
- Hugh Skinner as Prince Radovid
- Christelle Elwin as Mistelle
THE WITCHER Season 3 cast is getting even bigger:
welcome ROBBIE AMELL (Upload), MENG’ER ZHANG (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), HUGH SKINNER (Fleabag) and CHRISTELLE ELWIN (Bloods) to the Continent! pic.twitter.com/VOIAtnivlj
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) April 14, 2022
Most of these people have already made substantial contributions to The Witcher, but the ones who haven’t should get bigger parts in the sequel.
One of these figures is Emperor Emhyr. Duty, Ciri’s father and one of the knights Geralt rescued in the first season, is not only alive but also the leader (known as The White Flame) of Nilfgaard’s soldiers, as shown in the second season finale.
In addition, he is eager to reestablish contact with Ciri for the sole purpose of using her special skills. Philippa Einhart should appear more frequently.
Though she only appeared in a few episodes during season 2, we can assume she will play a larger role in the show since we already know quite a bit about her book counterpart.
With the country of Redania taking center stage as the novels progress, this hope also applies to King Vizimir and Sigismund Dijkstra.
At the same time, four new actors were formally introduced into The Witcher’s growing cast in April. You can learn more about the roles that Meng’er Zhang (Shang-Chi) and Robbie Amell (Upload) will play in our updated cast explanation.