The Witcher Season 3 – All We Know
The Witcher Season 3 will be available to stream on Netflix in the summer of 2023. It will be the last time Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia before Liam Hemsworth takes over the role.
Henry Cavill will be donning the white wig and yellow contacts one last time for The Witcher Season 3. While the insanely popular Netflix series has already been greenlit for a fourth season, despite Season 3 yet to be released, Cavill will not be returning as the White Wolf after this and will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth for the final four planned seasons.
However, fans of Cavill as Geralt of Rivia have one last season to see the actor portray the character in a plot that is sure to be full of action, romance, and of course, adventure. The Witcher Season 3 will pick up where the second season left off and follow Geralt, reunited with his family, as he continues to protect Ciri against the foes that wish to capture her.
Here is all we know about The Witcher Season 3, including the potential plot, returning actors, release date, and why Cavill will not return to this fan-favorite role.
THE WITCHER SEASON 3 WILL BE BASED ON BOOK TWO: THE TIME OF CONTEMPT
In a tweet posted last year by the official The Witcher Netflix account, scenes from The Witcher Season 3 show Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri reunited and on a journey to the fortress of Aretuza, where Yennefer will teach Ciri how to harness her magical gifts. While the family of three is seeking solace in the fortress, they will instead fall into the middle of a political war and be met with dark magic and betrayal.
The Witcher television series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular book series, and The Witcher Season 3 is based on the second book in The Witcher Saga called The Time of Contempt. It is highly regarded as one of the most action-packed books in the entire series.
While the first two seasons of The Witcher have stayed close to the source material, like any show, there have definitely been some creative differences between the series and the books.
However, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that The Witcher Season 3 will closely resemble The Time of Contempt and include many of the same scenes and action points, including major reveals of the big bad.
With this in mind, fans can expect to see one of Geralt’s most epic fight scenes, journey alongside Ciri on a meaningful pilgrimage, and witness the introduction of new characters involved with the criminal group, The Rats.
While the third season will be largely based on The Time of Contempt, fans will see segments adapted from other books in The Witcher Saga. The first episode of The Witcher Season 3 is called “Shaerrawedd,” a name taken from a setting in the first book of The Witcher Saga, Blood of Elves.
Here, fans of the series will understand more of Geralt’s thoughts on neutrality, a theme that will continually pop up in the third season of the show, according to Hissrich.
HENRY CAVILL, ANYA CHALOTRA, AND FREYA ALLAN WILL RETURN
The Witcher Season 3 will see the return of many familiar faces, including Henry Cavill as the White Wolf/Geralt of Rivia. Anya Chalotra will be returning as the powerful sorceress and Geralt’s love interest, Yennefer. Freya Allan will also be back as Princess Ciri, Geralt’s “prize” from the “law of surprise,” his adopted daughter and ward.
Joey Batey will make appearances in The Witcher Season 3 as the fan-favorite bard, Jaskier. MyAnna Buring and Anna Shaffer will return as the other two main powerful sorceresses, Tissaia and Triss.
In addition to the return of familiar characters, new faces will be appearing in The Witcher Season 3. The new crowd includes Robbie Ammel, Meng’er Zhang, Hugh Skinner, and Christelle Elwin.
Ammel (who is known for playing Wesley Rush in The Duff, 2015) will play Gallatin, the leader of a guerrilla Scoia’tael army, in The Witcher Season 3. Zhang (Xialing from Shang-Chi, 2021) will play Milva, a human girl adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest.
Skinner (Barnes from The Wipers Times, 2013) will portray Prince Radovid, a royal socialite and ladies’ man. Finally, Elwin (Ruby from The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, 2022) will introduce the character of Mistle, a member of a deviant gang of teenagers who steal from the rich.
It’s still a question whether Adjoa Andoh, who played Nenneke in Season 2, will return to reprise her role in The Witcher Season 3. According to the actress, she was unsure if she would be in the show again due to how many books and characters are involved in the franchise.
Chris Fulton will also likely not be returning to The Witcher Season 3, as his character Rience has reportedly been recast and will now be portrayed by Sam Woolf from The Crown.
NETFLIX SAYS THE WITCHER SEASON 3 WILL STREAM IN THE SUMMER OF 2023
Currently, there is no official release date for The Witcher Season 3. However, Netflix has announced that it will be available to stream starting this summer. This means that fans can continue Geralt’s adventurous saga likely sometime between July and August 2023.
Until then, The Witcher Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on the streaming platform, as well as the show’s spinoff prequel, The Witcher: Blood Origins.
At this time, The Witcher Season 3 has finished filming and is in post-production.
LIAM HEMSWORTH WILL REPLACE HENRY CAVILL IN THE WITCHER SEASON 4
Although fans of the series were devastated when they heard the news that Henry Cavill will not be reprising his role as Geralt of Rivia (despite the show’s plan to have seven seasons), showrunner, Hissrich, has promised that Cavill will get a “heroic sendoff” to honor his time as the White Wolf.
While the exact reason for Cavill’s exit after The Witcher Season 3 is unknown, many speculated it was so the actor could take a more active role in future Superman movies from DC. Unfortunately, James Gunn never hired Cavill to reprise Superman, and Cavill was quickly booted from two major franchises within the same month. However, there is always a bright side, and Cavill (the king of all nerds) is now working on a live adaptation of the table game Warhammer.
To take over the helm as our favorite witcher, Liam Hemsworth from The Hunger Games will be sticking his feet in Cavill’s big boots after the end of The Witcher Season 3. After Netflix announced that Hemsworth would be taking over the character, the youngest Hemsworth brother took to Instagram to show his excitement. The actor described how he was a big fan of Cavill’s and how he was “honored” to take over the part.
Henry Cavill also posted on Instagram, saying that he “passed the torch with reverence” to Hemsworth and encouraged the younger actor to explore the character of Geralt to see what he could find.