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The Witcher’s creator discusses why they kept the show going after Henry Cavill left

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, overseeing the production of “The Witcher” season 3, discusses the upcoming season and addresses the departure of Henry Cavill in an interview with Total Film magazine.

The highly anticipated third season of “The Witcher” is set to premiere on Netflix shortly, and Total Film magazine has provided a special preview of the show. In an exclusive image from the upcoming issue, released on May 25, we see Henry Cavill reprising his role as Geralt of Rivia, ready to confront a new danger.

The beginning of the new season finds Geralt and Yennefer reluctantly joining forces to protect Ciri, who is faced with numerous threats as everyone on the Continent is interested in her whereabouts. Safeguarding the young girl proves to be a challenging endeavor for the duo.

“The essence of The Witcher revolves around the concept of family,” explains showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. “At this point, our characters finally have an opportunity to unite as a family and envision a shared future.

I was incredibly excited to fulfill this promise to the audience and provide a glimpse of happiness. However, given the nature of The Witcher, it’s only natural that this joy is short-lived.”

In addition to the imminent dangers the beloved characters will face, the upcoming season signifies Henry Cavill’s departure from the leading role, as he announced his decision to leave the show. “It was the right time for him personally to move forward,” reflects Hissrich, acknowledging that the news was difficult to accept. “I believe we have all been mourning this in our way.”

Was the possibility of stopping the show considered when Cavill decided to leave? “Well, we had the option to have Geralt exit and conclude the series. However, that was not a path we were willing to take.

There are too many untold stories remaining,” explains Hissrich. Similarly, she adds, “If we were to replace Geralt with another Witcher, it would deviate significantly from the original books, and I don’t think that’s what anyone desired.”

As Hissrich is currently in London diligently preparing for season 4, she has already found her new Geralt in the form of Liam Hemsworth, known for his role in The Hunger Games. “We’re all thrilled about Liam joining us,” she expresses.

“He has big shoes to fill, but he also brings much energy and enthusiasm to the role. It’s undeniably a fresh chapter and mixed emotions are involved. However, we are passionate about what we do. So we will continue moving forward.”

The showrunner of “The Witcher” Is Excited to See Liam Hemsworth as Geralt

The showrunner of The Witcher Is Excited to See Liam Hemsworth as Geralt
The showrunner of The Witcher Is Excited to See Liam Hemsworth as Geralt

The top-rated fantasy series, The Witcher, which has captivated Netflix audiences, is gearing up for the release of the first part of its third season. Set in the captivating world of The Continent, the upcoming season promises to immerse viewers once again in a realm filled with monsters, political intrigues, and lurking dangers at every turn.

Geralt of Rivia, the skilled monster slayer, will continue his mission to safeguard his Child of Surprise, Ciri. While Henry Cavill has portrayed the iconic swordsman in the previous two seasons, it was recently announced that this upcoming season would mark Cavill’s final portrayal of the heroic protagonist and the role will be taken on by Liam Hemsworth, brandishing the silver sword.

Considering how fully Henry Cavill had embraced and embodied the role of Geralt, it was undoubtedly a daunting task to find a new actor to fill his shoes.

While no official explanation has been provided for Cavill’s departure, speculations and reports suggest that the actor decided to step aside due to concerns that the series was straying too far from the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski, which serve as its foundation. In anticipation of the third season, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, in an interview with Total Film, defended the decision to recast Geralt, emphasizing that there are still numerous untold stories to explore.

“We had the option to have Geralt exit and bring the show to an end,” Hissrich explained. “However, that was not a choice we were willing to make. There are too many stories left to be told. If we were to replace Geralt with another Witcher, it would completely deviate from the books, and I don’t believe that’s what anyone desired.”

In the newly released promotional images for the upcoming season, Cavill effortlessly portrays the role of Geralt, the formidable monster slayer. As he fulfills his mission of safeguarding Ciri, the Elder Blood, from the menacing Wraiths of Mörhogg, many fans are hopeful that when season 4 arrives, Hemsworth will seamlessly step into the role and continue the epic journey.

Showrunner Hissrich expresses her excitement about Hemsworth’s arrival, acknowledging the substantial task of filling Cavill’s shoes and recognizing his energy and enthusiasm. This marks a fresh chapter for the series, evoking many emotions.

However, Hissrich affirms their unwavering passion for the project, emphasizing their commitment to press onward.

Henry Cavill Is The Important Part Of The Show

Henry Cavill Is The Important Part Of The Show
Henry Cavill Is The Important Part Of The Show

As Cavill prepares to bid farewell to his role as Geralt, a new and imminent threat in the form of the Wild Hunt emerges, seeking to capture Ciri (played by Freya Allan).

It becomes imperative for the monster slayer and his romantic partner, Yennefer of Vengerberg (portrayed by Anya Chalotra), to ensure the princess’s safety. While Geralt plays a vital role in protecting Ciri’s life on the show, Chalotra reflects on Cavill’s upcoming departure, acknowledging his significance to the series.

She expressed, “The news was… yeah, it’s difficult to process because he’s a crucial part of the show, and we all hold him dear. So, we will miss him greatly. I sincerely wish him all the best.”

In his statement issued last October, Cavill expressed that his portrayal of Geralt of Rivia has been a thrilling journey filled with formidable monsters and exciting adventures.

He commended Hemsworth’s upcoming portrayal of the character, stating, “As is the case with the most iconic literary figures, I pass on the torch with deep respect for the time I spent embodying Geralt, and I eagerly anticipate Liam’s interpretation of this captivating and multifaceted character.”

Likewise, Hemsworth had only positive remarks about Cavill in his statement. “Henry Cavill has been an exceptional Geralt, and I feel privileged that he is entrusting me with the opportunity to take up the White Wolf’s swords for the next phase of his adventure,” he wrote.

“Henry, I have been a fan of yours for years and have been inspired by your portrayal of this beloved character. While the shoes I have to fill may be substantial, I am genuinely excited to delve into the Witcher world.”

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The Witcher’s Final Performance by Henry Cavill

The Witcher's Final Performance by Henry Cavill
The Witcher’s Final Performance by Henry Cavill

The future seasons of Netflix’s The Witcher, featuring Liam Hemsworth as the monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, may bring about changes in Geralt’s appearance, but it remains uncertain now.

Henry Cavill’s departure from the show was officially announced in October 2022, coinciding with the confirmation of Season 4 being in development. As of now, no official explanation has been provided for Cavill’s departure, although unverified reports suggest it may be attributed to creative differences with the producers of the Netflix series.

Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich recently discussed Cavill’s exit, remarking, “It was time for him in his life to move on. I think we’ve all been mourning this in our way”.

Addressing the available options for the show, she further explained, “We had the choice to have Geralt exit and conclude the show. However, that was not a route we were willing to take. There are too many stories left to be told.”

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