It has been reported that the long-awaited third season of The Witcher might need to be split into two parts.
In a new interview, series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explained that she wouldn’t rule out splitting it into two as Hollywood continues to experience visual effects challenges.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and extensive post-production work on CGI that the Netflix show needed, The Witcher’s second season premiered in December 2021, two years after the first debuted.
Now, in a chat with Collider, Schmidt Hissrich said that she’s expecting at least seven more months of post-production before season three is released, which might force them to split the season into two to get the ball moving. “We haven’t discussed that [splitting the season] yet, but at this point I think what we see happening across all sorts of streamers, I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said.
Schmidt Hissrich continued: “I do think that, obviously, we don’t put anything out that we’re not incredibly proud of. So that dictates our entire launch date. And I think it’ll be interesting. Again, we have a way still a very long time, eight-ish months or so, until Witcher season three comes out. So God willing, we get it all out at the same time. But who knows, we’ll see what happens.”
Per Collider, this wouldn’t be the first time a Netflix show was split due to practical reasons. Notably, Stranger Things season four was divided into two parts to allow their VFX team to continue to work on the final episodes, and Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities released episodes in pairs.
Elsewhere, at the end of last year, it was announced that Henry Cavill, who plays The Witcher protagonist Geralt of Rivia, is bowing out after the third season. He confirmed the news 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.”
Read more about what to expect from The Witcher season three here.