Based on the popular book series and video game of the same name, Netflix’s hit series The Witcher is all set to return with a renewed third season. Following Henry Cavill’s official departure from the medieval drama, The Witcher’s new season will mark the last time we see him as Geralt of Rivia. Read to find out what we know so far about Netflix’s The Witcher Season 3 including cast members, plot details, release date, and more.

Henry Cavill’s exit

Earlier in October 2022, Henry Cavill announced that he will be leaving The Witcher franchise to devote more time to his role as Superman in the DC Extended Universe.

  • However, new DC Studios head James Gunn scrapped the idea of a Man of Steel sequel and completely reshuffled the existing slate of films, leaving Cavill’s Witcher exit in vain.
  • The Witcher’s Season 3 will feature Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia for the last time as Australian actor Liam Hemsworth replaces him in Season 4.
  • Recent reports suggest that Netflix secretly fired Cavill for his toxic behavior on the sets. The actor allegedly overpowered showrunners and made last minute changes without them knowing.

Season 3 plot and premise

The plot of The Witcher’s third season revolves around Geralt of Rivia taking Ciri of Cintra into hiding as monarchs and beasts of The Continent attempt to take her captive.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
Image courtesy of Netflix via Nintendo Life
  • Season 3 is expected to pick up right where the second season ended with Niffgard, Redania and the Northern kings all wanting to capture Ciri of Cintra.
  • Show creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has revealed that the third season will adapt Andrzej Sapkowski’s ‘Time of Contempt.’ 
  • The first season adapted parts of The Last Wish, while the second season focused on A Grain of Truth and the majority of A Blood of Elves

Cast and release date

Apart from Henry Cavill as Geralt, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan return as Yennefer and Ciri, the headlining characters of The Witcher’s cast for the third season.

Netflix The Witcher cast release
Image courtesy of Netflix
  • Some new actors are also joining the cast such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Meng’er Zhang who will play Milva, a human adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest.
  • Other characters like Joey Batey’s Jaskier, Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir and Paul Bullion’s Lambert will mostly return.

Filming has wrapped and fans eagerly await a new official trailer from Netflix for season 3 of The Witcher. The third season is expected to be released in the summer window of 2023. Henry Cavill’s fans will particularly look forward to a fitting farewell to his iconic role as Geralt of Rivia. 

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