Fans are eager to see the latest season of Henry Cavill’s show The Witcher, based on a successful book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the first season premiered in December 2019, with Cavil’s performance receiving the most critical praise.
The series takes place in the magical land of Geralt Of Rivia, where a monster hunter known as a Witcher lives, alongside Anya Chalotra’s sorceress, Yennefer Of Vengerberg and Princess Ciri, played by Freya Allan.
The show also stars Eamon Farren, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, Mimî M. Khayisa, Anna Shaffer, Royce Pierreson and Mahesh Jadu. The second season followed in September 2021, and it has been confirmed that principal photography for season three was completed in September this year. Netflix confirmed there will be a summer 2023 release date.
However, fans were disappointed to learn that this season would be Cavill’s last. The actor took to Instagram to confirm the news: “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.”
“In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf”, Cavill added. “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.”
According to showrunner Laura Hissrich, the upcoming season will be a send-off to Cavill. “Henry has given so much to the show, and so we want to honour that appropriately,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Geralt’s big turn is about giving up neutrality and doing anything that he has to do to get to Ciri. And to me, it’s the most heroic send-off that we could have, even though it wasn’t written to be that.”
Hissrich also teased what fans can expect from The Witcher’s third season, adding: “What is so interesting is that season three, to me, is the closest thing that we’ve done as a one-to-one adaptation of the books.”
“Obviously, we can’t do every page, but [the book] Time of Contempt gave us so many big action events, plot points, defining character moments, huge reveals of a big bad,” Hissrich shared. “There’s so much to do that we were able to stick really, really closely with the books.”
Season one and two of The Witcher are available to stream on Netflix.