The Witcher season 3 release date speculation, trailer, plot and more

The Witcher season 3 release date will bring Henry Cavill back as Geralt of Rivia to Netflix - here's the good word from the Continent on the hit TV series

The Withcer season 3 release date: Henry Cavill as Geralt

When is The Witcher season 3 release date? That’s right, Henry Cavill will grunt his way onto Netflix once again as monster slayer-extraordinaire, Geralt of Rivia, in another action-packed season of the beloved fantasy series. Season 2 of the Netflix series sees Geralt take Ciri (Freya Allan) to the Witcher stronghold, Kaer Morhen, to protect her from the various kingdoms who want to use her power for their own gain.

But by the time the final episode wrapped things up, it teases a new apocalyptic threat that Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) will have to face in The Witcher season 3. See? It’s not all grisly battles and terrifying monsters; there’s some world-saving in there too. There’s something for everyone! Well, maybe not everyone… It can get pretty bloody at times.

But since Henry Cavill is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood at the moment, you’re probably wondering when is The Witcher season 3 release date exactly? Well, luckily for you, we’ve scoured Kaer Morhen, Nilfgaard, and the Northern Kingdoms for the latest information about Geralt’s next adventure.

The Witcher season 3 release date speculation

Here’s the good news: The Witcher season 3 release date is set for summer 2023. The bad news is that we don’t have anything more specific than that.

The news was confirmed at TUDUM 2022, and means that fans won’t have too long to wait before the new season gets its release. Expect you can expect a more precise release date to drop in early 2023.

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So far the new season seems to be going as planned. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich told TechRadar, “I’m really thrilled with how the season is shaping up because it’s based on my favourite book in the saga, which is The Time of Contempt.”

The Witcher season 3 release date: Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

The Witcher season 3 plot speculation

Netflix has provided us with a handy plot synopsis for The Witcher season 3, which reads: “As monarchs, mages, and beasts of the Continent compete to capture her, Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into hiding, determined to protect his newly-reunited family against those who threaten to destroy it.”

“Entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer leads them to the protected fortress of Aretuza, where she hopes to discover more about the girl’s untapped powers; instead, they discover they’ve landed in a battlefield of political corruption, dark magic, and treachery. They must fight back, put everything on the line — or risk losing each other forever.”

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The ending of The Witcher season 2 sees Geralt finally free Ciri from Voleth Meir (Ania Marson) before the Wild Hunt tries to snatch her up for themselves. They’re also known as the Wraiths of Mörhogg, and they hail from another dimension, searching for slaves to bring back to their homeworld.

Now that they’re aware of Ciri’s existence, they’re another group of people in the Continent who want to catch her. But the cliffhanger also revealed that the Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr is actually Ciri’s father, Duny. You know, the hedgehog man from Season 1.

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But what happens in The Time of Contempt? Well, it mainly follows what happens when Yennefer takes Ciri to Aretuza (the magical academy on Thanedd Island) so she can get a better grip on her abilities. She’s already had some Witcher training at Kaer Morhen, so it’s time she gets her Mage on. The book also pushes the Continent into all-out warfare between Nilfgaard, and all the other kingdoms. Oh, dear.

Obviously, The Witcher season 3 will probably cherry-pick certain plot points and moments from The Time of Contempt just to fit in with its ongoing continuity, but it’s great to see Hissrich is pulling directly from the source material.

The Witcher season 3 release date: Vesemir

The Witcher season 3 trailer speculation

The Witcher Season 3 doesn’t have a trailer at the moment, and it’ll be quite some time before Netflix releases the first look at the next season since it hasn’t finished filming yet. It’s highly likely that the first footage or stills might come towards the end of 2023, as The Witcher Blood Origin hits screens.

Filming on The Witcher season 3 concluded in September, which means post-production will also take some time. But don’t worry, when The Witcher season 2 arrived on Netflix in December 2021 it also delivered the first trailer for the spin-off series The Witcher: Blood Origin as the finale’s post-credits scene.

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It takes place 1200 years before Geralt was even a baby monster-slayer, and reveals how the elves fell from their seat of power after the Conjunction of the Spheres. That’s basically the event where different dimensions all crashed into one – creating the harsh world of the Continent.

Blood Origin will explain why the Conjunction of Spheres happened in the first place, and it’ll even reveal how Witchers were first made. So at least there’s more monster madness to watch to keep you going until The Witcher season 3 eventually arrives on our screens.

The Witcher season 3 release date: Ciri

The Witcher season 3 cast speculation

Henry Cavill will be back in The Witcher season 3 as Geralt of Rivia – which is hardly surprising since he’s clearly a huge fan of the books by Andrzej Sapkowski and the games from CD Projekt Red. However, it will be his final outing as the character, and he will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth from The Witcher season 4 onwards.

He’ll also be joined by Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Freya Allan as Ciri. It also seems likely that Joey Batey will return as the lovable bard, Jaskier – so let’s hope for more fun tunes from everyone’s favourite bard. And hopefully, Kim Bodnia will reprise his role as Geralt’s mentor/father figure Vesemir, since the resilient fighter also survives the events of Season 2.

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Although most of the Witchers won’t come back since a number of them were killed by Voleth Meir who was inhabiting Ciri’s body for a brief time. Speaking of Ciri, since the season 2 cliffhanger revealed Emperor Emhyr as her father, it’s a safe bet that Bart Edwards will get a much bigger role in season 3.

Maybe we’re being optimistic, but it’s probable that MyAnna Buring, Media Simson, and Mahesh Jadu will come back to play Tissaia, Francesca, and Vilgefortz respectively. Hopefully, Graham McTavish’s sneaky Sigismund Dijkstra will also get more of the spotlight in future episodes, because he’s only just getting started with his schemes in season 2.

The Witcher season 3 release date: Behind the scenes photo from the set of The Witcher

Remember, Netflix brought on a much bigger cast for season 2, so who knows which other fresh faces will make their way to the Continent for The Witcher season 3.

That’s everything we know on what’s coming for The Witcher – check out our guides on Squid Game season 2, House of the Dragon season 2, and Shadow and Bone season 2, for more streaming hits.