Many fantasy enthusiasts with a Netflix subscription were thrilled by The Witcher when it premiered in December 2019, and the show quickly became a huge success.
The second season also had its fair share of thrilling moments (thanks, Ciri!) but the finale of The Witcher Season 2 raised more questions than it answered and left viewers with a significant cliffhanger to contemplate until the next installment.
Now that filming for the next third season of The Witcher has wrapped, we may have some idea of what is in store for the next two sword-swinging seasons.
The Witcher Season 3: Release Date
I wish I had better news to share about a release date, but alas, at this time, I have none. Based on Netflix’s release schedule, we know that we won’t be able to see season 3 until December 2023. Season 1 premiered in December 2019, and Season 2 premiered in December 2021.
However, there were covid-related delays for the second season, so maybe we can anticipate a quicker release this time around. As late as the year 2022! It might not come out until 2022, but I hope that it will be released sometime next year, preferably around the middle.
The Witcher Season 3: Plot
The Witcher Season 3 is pretty much a foregone conclusion, given that we have the source material in book form.
The series’s official Twitter account also provided a plot summary, adding further confirmation to the story.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 4, 2022
Additionally, the primary setting for this season was also disclosed. It appears from the tweet that Ciri will be spending time at the secure Fortress of Aretuza learning the art of sorcery, as this is how the books describe it.
The Witcher Season 3: Cast
Regarding the cast, we are assured that the majority of our favorites from the previous two seasons will be back for more. Henry Cavill is a true nerd at heart and was destined to bring Superman’s white wolf to the big and small screens. Also returning are Freya Allan (Ciri) and Anya Chalotra (Yennefer).
There is still a chance of a lasting change. To illustrate their article, Redanian Intelligence included photos taken on set. It appears that Chris Fulton’s role as the main adversary of Season 2—the fire wizard Rience—will be played by Sam Woolf. In the photos from the set, Rience appears to be playing a significant role in the new season, so I’m wondering why they would recast him.
Twitter for The Witcher has announced a slew of additional characters and roles that will be joining the cast. It appears that they are avid Twitter users.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 14, 2022
By anticipating which character will make an appearance, we learn a great deal about the story. My anticipation for the plot has been piqued by the new characters, and I can’t wait to find out their roles.
What’s Happening With The Witcher Seasons 4 And 5?
Fans of The Witcher were relieved to see that work on Season 3 had nearly wrapped several weeks before Season 2 appeared on Netflix, given the vast time that had passed between the first and second seasons. Thus, filming for The Witcher Season 3 began in early April, a full three months earlier than usual.
Now that we know the legal obstacle to bringing the action-packed drama back on our screens has been removed, it’s only natural to question if we’ll be treated to more, and Redanian Intelligence says that not only will we get at least two more seasons, but they could film back to back.
According to the outlet’s sources, production on both Season 4 and Season 5 of The Witcher will begin simultaneously, with little downtime between seasons. A fourth season is in the works, and director Stephen Surjik (who also worked on episodes in seasons two and three) told Brigade Radio One in late April that “the authors and producers have planned out” the plot.
It makes a lot of sense to plan things well in advance and keep those plans somewhat secret for the time being if Netflix is already on board with two more seasons of Geralt grunting and being a surrogate dad to Ciri as he gets over his wrath at Yennefer while having multiple fierce battles.
The Witcher is not an easy series to write or film, as Surjik revealed in his interview. The writers are making an effort to please those who enjoyed the source novels, but they’re also branching out in their storytelling in the hopes of surprising even the most devoted viewers.
Furthermore, The Witcher is not even close to being on the same level as shows like This Is Us or Bridgerton (which scored its own multiple-season renewal after its blockbuster freshman outing).
Intricate action sequences, tonnes of special effects, huge actors that need to be coordinated, and filming in a wide variety of exotic locations all surround the (found) family drama at the center of the series. There is a lot of work involved in getting all of these parts right.
Although a Season 4 renewal for the Henry Cavill-led hit has not yet been confirmed by Netflix, the streaming service’s apparent dedication to the universe of The Witcher that it helped create suggests that one may be on the horizon.
Since the upcoming premiere of the limited series The Witcher: Blood Origin, which takes place on the Continent 1200 years before the events of The Witcher, has taken precedence, season renewal details may be under wraps for the time being.
Since we learned about Season 3 and other franchise offers at last year’s outing, it’s quite likely that we’ll get additional information about The Witcher Season 3 and official renewal for any seasons following that during Netflix’s Tudum event on September 24.
In the meantime, fans can take comfort in the fact that preparations for The Witcher Season 3 are well underway and that plans are already in motion for much more.