When is The Witcher season 3 release date? That’s right, Henry Cavill will grunt his way onto our screens once again as monster slayer-extraordinaire, Geralt of Rivia, in another action-packed season of the beloved show – and it will be the actor’s last in the role before he is recast!
It’s not all grisly battles and terrifying monsters, there’s some world-saving in this fantasy series 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. Well, luckily for you, we’ve scoured Kaer Morhen, Nilfgaard, and the Northern Kingdoms for the latest information about Geralt’s next adventure in the TV series.
The Witcher season 3 release date speculation
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 plot speculation
The Witcher season 3 plot will see Geralt take Ciri of Cintra into hiding as threats to his newly-reunited family emerge.
Netflix’s official synopsis adds, “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 on 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.
In February, VFX supervisor Sébastien Francoeur and producer Graeme Marshall teased some details about season 3 in an interview with Screenrant. “We’re in the throes of delivering the final couple of episodes on [Season 3], and it’s super cool. I don’t think it’s anything that anyone’s read or seen before in Witcher lore, so I think it’s gonna be exciting.”
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.
The Witcher season 3 will probably cherry-pick certain plot points and moments from The Time of Contempt to fit with its ongoing continuity, but it’s great to see Hissrich pulling directly from the source material.
The Witcher season 3 cast speculation
Henry Cavill will be in The Witcher season 3 cast as Geralt of Rivia, along with Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan. 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 be joined by Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and 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 survived 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.
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.
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