The release date for The Witcher season 3 has been announced, and it comes with a surprise. In a departure from the previous format, the Netflix fantasy series will be divided into two parts, each released in June and July.
Additionally, a new trailer has been released to update viewers on the adventures of Geralt, Yen, and Ciri on The Continent.
Regarding Geralt, this upcoming season marks the final appearance of Henry Cavill as the White Wolf. Liam Hemsworth will succeed him in the fourth season. However, based on what we have witnessed thus far, it seems that Cavill’s portrayal will conclude on a high note.
Naturally, Henry Cavill’s prominent series continues to captivate attention, not solely due to Geralt’s appealing appearance. The exciting update is that Netflix had already announced the arrival of season three even before season two premiered.
Moreover, there is additional confirmation of season four, although it has a significant casting alteration. Further details regarding this will be discussed later.
Returning to season three, the initial announcement occurred during Netflix’s TUDUM event in September 2021. However, additional information has emerged since then, and we have more updates about season three.
So, prepare yourself with your trusty steed and gather as many coins as possible because we are about to embark on a journey back to the Continent and explore what lies ahead in The Witcher season three.
When may the third season of The Witcher premiere?
Hear the chimes! The release date for season three of The Witcher has been revealed. Via the show’s official Twitter account, it was declared that the first installment of the third season will premiere on Netflix on June 29, 2023. Furthermore, the second installment will arrive on the platform on July 27, 2023.
Accompanied by the initial trailer, they posted on Twitter: “A transformative summer awaits. The Witcher Season 3 starts on June 29.”
During an interview with showrunner Lauren S Hissrich in November 2021, Digital Spy discovered that the writers had already begun crafting scripts for season three.
“The writers’ room for this season is exceptional. We’ve consistently had exceptional writers on the show,” remarked Lauren.
“However, this particular season had… We welcomed some fresh faces, and it was fascinating to observe how it altered the atmosphere in the writers’ room. Having individuals who had watched the first season and then screened the second season brought in new perspectives and innovative ideas. They challenged me on aspects I hadn’t previously considered, which was enlightening.”
She added: “However, what’s intriguing is that we finalize the scripts before engaging in discussions with the actors and directors, considering the practical considerations of transforming these eight episodes into a comprehensive and immersive experience.
“It is crucial to me that the actors, for instance, feel genuine enthusiasm towards their respective character arcs and grasp the essence of their journeys. These are conversations that will commence shortly.”
By April 2022, it was verified that filming had begun. The show’s official Twitter account released a photo featuring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan seated in their chairs on the set.
Subsequently, more sneak peek images surfaced, showcasing Cavill’s involvement. Filming progressed until July 2022, when production had to be momentarily paused due to a positive COVID-19 test on set.
Fortunately, they could resume filming a few weeks later, and the production continued across various locations in the UK and mainland Europe throughout August 2022.
As filming wrapped up, Cavill commemorated the moment by expressing his gratitude towards the cast and crew in a heartfelt message (as reported by Redanian Intelligence).
“What an incredible season it has been!” he conveyed. “I wanted to sincerely thank all of you for your unwavering commitment and dedication throughout a challenging shoot. I hope each one of you can now take some well-deserved rest. With sincere gratitude and utmost respect, Henry Cavill.”
How many episodes of The Witcher season 3 will there be?
Netflix has yet to disclose the duration of The Witcher season three. However, considering the precedent set by the first two seasons, the third season will likely consist of eight episodes.
Nevertheless, considering the expanding scope of the Witcherverse, it wouldn’t be unexpected if the upcoming season were extended to ten episodes, providing us with even more enchanting content to enjoy.
After the release of season two, Netflix unveiled remarkable statistics, stating that viewers had collectively accumulated staggering 142.4 million hours of watching time within three days.
During this timeframe, The Witcher’s closest contender was none other than The Witcher season one, which accumulated 49.1 million hours watched between December 13 and 19. Netflix would not be making an unwise investment if they opted to extend season three by two or three additional episodes.
Why Henry Cavill Will Not Return for Season Four of The Witcher
In October, Liam Hemsworth was chosen to take over the role from Cavill, prompting Cavill to express his gratitude on Instagram to The Witcher’s team for the opportunity to portray one of his beloved literary heroes.
Cavill wrote, “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with thrilling encounters and adventures, and I will be bidding farewell to my medallion and swords for Season Four.
Like with the greatest literary characters, I pass on the torch with deep respect for the time I’ve spent embodying Geralt and eagerness to witness Liam’s interpretation of this complex and intriguing character.
Liam, my good sir, this character possesses extraordinary depth, and I hope you thoroughly enjoy delving into it and uncovering its mysteries.”
The specific reason for Cavill’s departure from the show remains undisclosed. While some fans speculate about creative differences, neither Cavill nor the series’ producers have confirmed or supported such claims.
Minnie Driver, a cast member from the show’s prequel, The Witcher: Blood Origin, suggests that viewers should embrace the recasting instead of speculating.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she compared it to the tradition of Doctor Who, where the Doctor regenerates. She expressed, “I think we should approach it with amazement. It’s an extraordinary individual taking on an extraordinary character.”
What will happen in The Witcher Season 3?
The official synopsis for season 3 outlines the plot: “As rulers, sorcerers, and creatures of the Continent vie to capture her, Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into seclusion, determined to safeguard his newly reunited family from those who seek to eradicate it.
“Entrusted with Ciri’s magical education, Yennefer leads them to the secure stronghold of Aretuza, hoping to unlock the young girl’s latent powers. However, instead of finding answers, they are entangled in a battleground of political corruption, evil sorcery, and betrayal. They must resist, risk everything, and face losing one another forever.”
The Witcher season 3 will delve deeper into Ciri’s destiny following the season 2 cliffhangers. These cliffhangers reveal that The Wild Hunt is after Ciri due to her possession of the ‘Hen Ikeir’ (Elder Blood), which grants her the potential to restore the elves to their former glory.
As Geralt mentioned in season 2, “The demon, the Wild Hunt – she’s marked for something, and it doesn’t end there. If mages and royals discover she’s still alive and aware of her capabilities, their pursuit won’t cease.”
In future episodes, there will be an intense pursuit of Ciri, with Yennefer and Geralt striving to protect her as the three central characters become intertwined in an epic storyline.
In a recent interview with TechRadar, Hissrich shared that the third season of The Witcher draws inspiration from the book “The Time of Contempt.” This particular storyline follows the journey of Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt as they venture to Aretuza, where Ciri receives training to harness her magical abilities.
“We’re nearing completion of the scriptwriting phase, and it’s truly incredible,” she expressed. “I’m genuinely excited about the direction the season is taking because it is based on my favorite book in the series, ‘The Time of Contempt’.
She further commented, “I believe that seasons 1 and 2 have established the groundwork for the monumental events about to unfold. However, the creative process is now truly commencing.
With the scripts in hand, we will engage directors and bring back the actors, immersing ourselves deeper into the material. We will reflect on past seasons and ensure that the upcoming season is nothing short of perfection.”