The Witcher Season 3 Volume 2 will be arriving soon, marking the final appearance of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia.
Consequently, there has been much speculation and assumptions about the manner in which the transition to Liam Hemsworth will occur. Today, we will dispel one of these theories.
One of the persistent theories suggests that following Geralt’s devastating defeat by Vilgefortz, his facial injuries would be so severe that the dryads of Brokilon would heal him, resulting in his transformation into Liam Hemsworth. However, this theory is not accurate.
In Episode 6 of The Witcher Season 3, Vilgefortz does indeed cause significant harm to Geralt, but metaphorically rather than physically. His actions do not lead to Geralt’s appearance resembling that of Liam Hemsworth.
In the concluding episode of Season 3, viewers will witness Geralt’s period of recuperation in Brokilon. However, Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt reaches its conclusion prior to this sequence, as his character has already healed and is ready to undertake a momentous quest in search of Ciri.
Joining him on this journey are two companions, Jaskier and Milva. The storyline does not involve any face swaps.
When Season 4 begins, we will encounter Geralt again, but at that point, he will already be en route to Nilfgaard, and the character will be portrayed by Liam Hemsworth.
During a recent interview, executive producer Tomek Baginski offered a sneak peek of the shift from Henry Cavill to Liam Hemsworth and conveyed the assurance that the transition will be carried out smoothly. He went so far as to describe it as “flawless.”
In the same interview, executive producer Tomek Baginski imparted that they have a well-developed plan to introduce the new Geralt portrayed by Liam Hemsworth. Although he refrained from delving into specific details to avoid spoiling the surprise, he mentioned that their approach aligns closely with the underlying concepts present in the books, especially in book five.
Baginski further emphasized that the transition will be loyal to the lore, staying true to the intentions laid out in the original source material. He expressed confidence that this change will be executed flawlessly while still presenting audiences with a fresh interpretation of Geralt. He also showed his excitement for this new face to the character.
Will Liam Hemsworth’s Transition From Henry Cavill In “The Witcher” Be “Flawless”, As Netflix Claims?
As it has become widely known, Henry Cavill will be departing from his role in The Witcher after the release of its upcoming third season, which is set to premiere on Netflix this weekend, followed by a second part in July.
While the exact reasons behind Cavill’s departure have not been officially disclosed, it appears likely, albeit unconfirmed, that there were significant creative differences between him, the show’s writers, and producers.
It is possible that the strong appeal of portraying Superman influenced his decision, or perhaps he had already set his sights on the Warhammer 40,000 show, where he would have greater creative control.
Regardless of the specifics, Cavill’s departure (regrettably) means that Liam Hemsworth now faces the challenging task of taking over the role of Geralt of Rivia in Season 4 and future installments.
Baginski also acknowledges that while the transition will adhere closely to the lore and be executed flawlessly, he acknowledges that it will indeed introduce a new Geralt with a fresh face. He expresses his belief that witnessing this change will be highly exciting.
These comments might seem to attempt to manage the situation and minimize its negative repercussions, which is a common practice in public relations. It may seem as though they are downplaying the substantial impact of the change by emphasizing the element of excitement.
Personally, I do not find the word “exciting” to be the most appropriate to describe this situation. Nevertheless, I extend my best wishes to Liam Hemsworth. It is unquestionable that this will be a challenging task for him, being at the forefront of this transition, for better or worse.
The Creators Of The Show Will Dispel Fan Theories
Amidst the different theories regarding Geralt’s character development, one assumption suggests that his confrontation with Vilgefortz will lead to significant facial disfigurement, followed by a transformation into Liam Hemsworth after receiving healing from the dryads of Brokilon.
However, the theory is contradicted by the narrative of the show itself, which does not follow this trajectory and instead ensures the continuity of Henry Cavill’s depiction of Geralt of Rivia. Fans should anticipate a distinct trajectory for the character as the narrative progresses in the forthcoming season.
While it is accurate that in Episode 6 of The Witcher Season 3, Vilgefortz symbolically alters Geralt’s life, it is important to simplify that this transformation is metaphorical rather than literal.
Although the character’s journey undergoes significant changes, there is no physical change to the extent that Geralt would resemble Liam Hemsworth.
The healing period in Brokilon will be explored in the climactic finale of Season 3. Nevertheless, as Henry Cavill’s tenure as Geralt of Rivia nears its end, the witcher will have already left Brokilon and made significant progress in his recovery.
He will be prepared to undertake a substantial quest to locate Ciri, accompanied by his trusted companions Jaskier and Milva. It is important to note that no face-swapping or transformations will be involved in this storyline. In Season 4, Geralt will already be on his way to Nilfgaard, with Liam Hemsworth assuming the role.
Netflix Knows That The Fans Are Losing Interest From The Witcher After Henry Cavill’s Exit
Despite the hopes of some devoted fans that Henry Cavill could make a return as Geralt, it is now evident that such a comeback will not occur. This realization has led to disheartenment among fans, who have shown their glumness about Geralt’s recasting online.
Some fans have even said to end The Witcher following Cavill’s departure. In a rather bold move, Netflix has chosen to embrace this discussion surrounding The Witcher Season 3 through its latest marketing campaign on Twitter.
The campaign features a series of billboards boldly stating, “Yes, he’s still Geralt in Season 3,” leaning into the ongoing discourse surrounding the show.
The recent playful marketing approach employed by Netflix is certain to fuel further online debate surrounding Season 3 of The Witcher, as it has already done so. However, it remains an unusual and shortsighted decision on the part of the streaming platform.
This move suggests a lack of confidence in Liam Hemsworth’s ability to replace Henry Cavill for Season 4 of the show. Considering the initial negative response to Hemsworth’s casting, it’s difficult not to empathize with the actor in light of the “Yes, he’s still Geralt in Season 3” campaign.
This campaign appears to mock the recasting even before Hemsworth has had an opportunity to establish himself in the role.