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Showrunner of ‘The Witcher’ has “a lot to say” on Henry Cavill’s departure

The executive producer and showrunner for Netflix’s TV adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher novels, Lauren Hissrich, has teased snippets of information concerning its lead actor, Henry Cavill, leaving the show after its third season.

Back in October, Cavill announced that he would no longer be playing Geralt of Rivia upon the completion of the show’s third season. Cavill had played the titular witcher character for the first two seasons as well as the third, and Liam Hemsworth has now been confirmed to be taking on the mantle.

Announcing his departure from the show, Cavill wrote on 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 four. 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.” 

Now, Hissrich has followed up on Cavill’s departure, responding to rumours that Cavill left the project over creative differences with the show’s writing team. She claims to have “a lot to say” but urges fans to be patient before she reveals all.

She said, “I think that there’s a lot of, you know… we’ll obviously never get into exactly why Henry left, all of the reasons, but I can say it’s been a mutually respectful relationship. So please, please, please come back in six months when we can talk.”

Hissrich had also been discussing the new Witcher prequel Blood Origin and whether or not there was an expectation for it to be as good as the main series. “There’s always been expectation with The Witcher!” she said. “When I think back to starting on the series five years ago, I think how sweet and naive I was. Has the expectation grown? Perhaps, but I’m not going to do my job any differently.”