So far, Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia has traveled across the Continent, making friends and foes along the way, as well as picking up a child surprise and fighting some dangerous beasts. Netflix’s television adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels has been extended for a third season, which is unsurprising considering the show’s enormous success.
Season 3 of “The Witcher” will begin up where season 2 left off, with Geralt and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) plotting to stay ahead of the Continent’s nefarious schemes to capture Ciri (Freya Allan). The Northern Kingdoms and the Nilfgaardian Empire value her royal position, so the monster hunter and the sorceress are the only ones who can keep Cintra’s princess safe.
There’s a lot to talk about with “The Witcher” season 3, including the release date, the plot around Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri’s characters, and the show’s future – which looks brighter than ever given the amount of source material from Sapkowski’s novels still available. It also helps that “The Witcher” has been a huge hit, which may have something to do with Henry Cavill’s star status and familiarity with Geralt, as well as showrunner Lauren Schmidt-dedication Hissrich’s to the novels.
Without further ado, let’s dive into all we know about season 3 of “The Witcher.” Please proceed with caution since there are spoilers for seasons 1 and 2.
What will the third season of The Witcher be about?
Netflix Geralt and his companions will return shortly! Season 1 was based on various short stories set before “The Witcher” novels, and season 2 was based on “Blood of Elves,” the first book in the “The Witcher” serial. Season 3 of “The Witcher” will be based on “Time of Contempt,” the second novel in Sapkowski’s fantasy series, according to showrunner Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich. In the novel, Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt travel to Aretuza, the Brotherhood’s headquarters, before a coup separates them once more.
The Northern Kingdoms’ monarchs are also followed as they secretly prepare to go to war against Nilfgaard, completely unconscious to the fact that the Emperor of Nilfgaard is well aware of their plans and is making his own preparations. Season 3 might be a watershed moment for Ciri’s character if the showrunners choose not to use creative license and instead allow the book to take precedence. She is more important than ever to the tale, and the season may finally expound on the role she must play.
Schmidt-Hissrich also told Polygon that fans may have noticed “The Witcher” season 2’s major concentration on the elven plotline, which wasn’t as prevalent in “Blood of Elves,” the novel it was based on. The producers had a strong reason for focusing on elves: the Scoia’tael, an army of elves fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard, will be introduced in the third season of the show. Schmidt-Hissrich wanted the elven plot to take center stage before digging into the upcoming storyline, so that viewers can grasp where they came from and what they’re going through. Season 3’s Scoia’tael plot was described by the show’s creator as “a fairly brutal, gloomy plotline.”
Those who have read “Time of Contempt” know that this is the book where the story thickens the most. Political turmoil erupts across the Continent, and Nilfgaard grows stronger and more dangerous. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer grow as characters swiftly, with hints of their past beginning to emerge. I’d say “The Witcher” fans are in excellent hands with Schmidt-Hissrich in charge of the season.
Which members of the cast will return for Season 3 of The Witcher?
Netflix Season 3’s full cast has yet to be announced by Netflix. Nonetheless, we can expect Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, and Joey Batey to return as Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and Jaskier, respectively.
Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke, and Bart Edwards as Emperor Emhyr were among the new characters introduced in “The Witcher” season 2. They’re all vital to the trio’s exploits, so we can expect them to return in the third season of the show. The Nilfgaardian ruler, in particular, is the overall enemy throughout “The Witcher” books, and will play a key role in Ciri’s life moving forward, as the season 2 finale reveals.
When will the third season of The Witcher be released?
Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Witcher” could premiere in December 2023. Season 2 was delayed indefinitely due to issues emerging from the epidemic, resulting in the series being released two years after its predecessor in 2021.
Schmidt-Hissrich earlier stated that the season 3 writer’s room will be completed by the end of 2021, and that the show’s scripting was nearly complete. Producer Steve Gaub shared behind-the-scenes photographs of the crew scouting for season 3 locales before the third season began production in January 2022.
Gaub’s photo transports followers back to the woods, a setting that “The Witcher” fans are all too familiar with. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see more of “The Witcher” three in the woods.
Season 3 is set to begin filming in a few months, with Netflix hoping to air it in 2023. Season 3 will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of the prior two seasons, which were released in December.