The Witcher is Netflix’s most famous fantasy show. It has swords, action, and lots of monsters. In Season 2, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) tried to protect his foster daughter Ciri (Freya Allan) from people who wanted to kill her for her special powers or use her for political gain in other ways. After Geralt’s on-and-off-again girlfriend Yennefer (Anya Charlotra) helped him and a friend fight off a supernatural threat at the witchers’ castle of Kaer Morhen, it ended with a few huge cliffhangers.
We feel like we’ve been waiting forever for more. When will The Witcher Season 3 come out? Let’s talk about what’s new from the Continent.
When Does The Witcher Season 3 Come Out?
Even though The Witcher Season 3 won’t be out this month, we finally know when to look for it. Netflix said at its annual Tudum event in September that the third season of The Witcher will start in the summer of 2023.
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Not all news is so simple to understand, though. We also know that this is the last season that Henry Cavill will play Geralt. In season 4, Liam Hemsworth will take over the role of the Witcher. No hard facts have come out about why this change was made, but there are a lot of theories.
Even so, we won’t return to the Continent for a long time. Season 3 of The Witcher won’t come out until the summer of 2023, but the first live-action spinoff, The Witcher: Blood Origin, will be on Netflix on December 25. Blood Origin is a four-part limited series that tells the story of the Conjunction of the Spheres, which happened about 1,200 years before The Witcher.
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Why Is Henry Cavill Leaving The Witcher After The Season 3?
Henry Cavill has talked about how much he loves everything Witcher ever since he was cast as Geralt of Rivia.
“In my spare time, I like playing these kinds of games and reading these kinds of books,” he said as early as 2019 (via Hobby Consolas). “I don’t think of it as work,” Cavill said next. “For me, it’s more like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live out my childhood and adult dreams.”
And that’s why it’s such a shock that Henry won’t be on the show after season three.
It’s time to stop throwing coins at Cavill. On October 29, 2022, Netflix announced that Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will now play the White Wolf in season four, replacing Geralt.
After this big reveal, our new Geralt said in an official statement that he’s “over the moon” about the chance to play him. That’s great, but many fans have already said they don’t like this change.
Liam said he has “some big shoes to fill,” Most people can’t think of anyone else but Cavill in the role.
No matter what you think of the show, The Witcher fans all seem to agree: Henry is the Witcher. He is the perfect Geralt from the books and games that they had in their heads.
So what’s up? Cavill said in his statement that he was leaving the show and wished his replacement, Liam, the best of luck.
“In my place, the White Wolf will be played by the wonderful Mr. Liam Hemsworth. As with the best literary characters, I pass the torch to Liam with respect for the time I spent playing Geralt and excitement to see what he does with one of the most interesting and complex characters ever written. Liam, this character has so much depth, so dive in and see what you can find.”
All of that is fine, but why did Henry decide to break our hearts by leaving The Witcher in the first place? So far, no official reason has been given, but we have a good idea why…
Did Henry Cavill Leave The Witcher because of Superman?
Sources told Deadline, where the news first came out, that Cavill only signed a “short-term deal” for The Witcher.
It was just time to move on after three years. And a big reason for that is that he had a lot of other big projects he had to work on at the same time. Those same sources also say Henry’s co-stars on The Witcher also changed their contracts for season four.
When fans heard the news, they thought that Henry Cavill’s leaving The Witcher might have something to do with his other famous role. Yes, you do know it.
And, to be fair, this announcement came at an odd time. This week, Henry finally returned as Superman in a scene at the end of Black Adam. It wasn’t an extended cameo in terms of time on screen, but you can’t overstate how important it was.
Fans and Cavill have been waiting a long time for this. Many people think he is the perfect Superman, and Henry has become a fan favorite in the role, even though DC is having trouble building its universe as a whole.
Now that Worlds of DC is under new management, it looks like things will change at Warner Bros., and Superman’s return could be a part of that. Dwayne Johnson just said that he’s “fought for years” to get Cavill back, and since then, Henry has confirmed that this cameo is “a tiny taste of what’s to come.”
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“The character is so important to me,” Henry said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast not long ago. “It’s already been five years. I never gave up hope. It’s crazy that we’re talking about it again right now. The character has so much going for them. I can’t wait to tell a story about a very happy Superman.”
Cavill has made it clear for a long time that he would love to play Superman again. A renewed focus on the character’s “bright future” could have influenced his decision to leave The Witcher.
It turns out that Henry shot his cameo in the middle of filming for The Witcher season 3, and he couldn’t explain why he had to leave the set because DC wanted to keep things secret.
Could that have made things hard on set? Maybe, but Cavill has shown over and over that he is also committed to the role of Geralt. Even if DC had offered him a (probably much) bigger paycheck, it seems unlikely that he would have just left without trying to play both of these roles simultaneously. Not unless he left for another reason…
Did Henry Cavill leave because of problems with The Witcher?
Fans were especially surprised to hear that Henry was leaving because he had once told The Hollywood Reporter that he was ready to stay for seven seasons. But there was an exception to all of this.
Cavill was happy to keep playing Geralt “as long as we could keep telling great stories that did justice to the work of [author] Andrzej Sapkowski.” It’s a point that actors often make, but given how much Henry cares about his role, we’re more likely to believe it this time.
On The Witcher’s YouTube channel, Cavill said, “I love the books and will stay true to them.” “It’s about making sure that story happens without too many side stories or distractions that make it hard to follow.”
But did the water get a little too dirty? Geralt is often dirty and likes to take a quick bath…
Season 4 of The Witcher has a significant change in the cast.
Henry has worked hard to ensure that The Witcher on Netflix stays true to the books.
Cavill told Total Film while promoting the second season: “This season, I wanted to make sure that Geralt was more like he was in the book and that he spoke more. I tried very, very hard to get that.”
Fans will be happy to hear that, but on the other hand, why did Henry have to work “really, really hard” to get this kind of accuracy in the first place?
During an exclusive interview with Digital Spy, Cavill told us that it was “such a shame” that “a lovely bit” from “Blood of Elves” was left out of season two. So, he took a key quote from that story and made it up in Roach’s death scene instead.
This is a potent reminder of how much Henry cared about the material, and it’s also another reminder that his vision for the show wasn’t exactly what was shown on screen.
By itself, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Writers and actors won’t always agree, and sometimes the writer’s room might have a bigger picture that even someone as involved as Cavill might not know about at first.
But new quotes from writer Beau DeMayo suggest that not everyone on The Witcher team might be as respectful of the source material as Henry.
During a recent Instagram Q&A (which was shared by The Direct), DeMayo, who used to work on The Witcher, said the following:
“I’ve been on a show, Witcher, where some writers didn’t like the books and games or were even against them (even actively mocking the source material). It’s a sure way to make things go wrong and hurt morale. As a litmus test, fandom checks people’s egos and makes up for all the late nights. Before you can add to the work’s legacy, you must show that you value it.”
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.