As we patiently wait for The Witcher season three, there’s good news and some potentially bad news for fans of the fantasy series: Netflix has renewed the show for a fourth season, but star Henry Cavill won’t be returning as Geralt of Rivia.
According Netflix ad (opens in new tab), Liam Hemsworth – perhaps better known as Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games series – will take on the role. This casting change is the only information we have about season four at the moment.
“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with monsters and adventures, and unfortunately, I will be laying down my locket and swords for season four,” Cavill said in a statement. “In my place, the fantastic Mr. Liam Hemsworth will assume the mantle of the White Wolf.”
“As with the greatest literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent playing Geralt and excitement to see Liam’s vision of this man more fascinating and nuanced. Liam, good sir, this character has such wonderful depth. for him. , take the opportunity to dive in and see what you can find.”
“As a Witcher fan, I am thrilled with the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” added Hemsworth. “Henry Cavill has been an amazing Geralt, and I am honored that he is giving me the reins and allowing me to take the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure.”
“Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you’ve brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m really excited to be stepping into the world of The Witcher.”
Wait and see
Of course, you can find reactions of all kinds to the news on social media, but it’s probably best to reserve judgment on the change until season 4 actually comes along – although it’s fair to say that Cavill has been great in the role and it’s going to be difficult for to replace.
In an ideal world, the cast would have remained fixed, but there’s no reason why Hemsworth can’t impress as Geralt as well. Recently, we’ve seen deliberate changes to the cast of HBO’s House of the Dragon – another epic fantasy series that has developed a loyal following – showing that they can work if done right.
Then there’s Doctor Who, of course, who recently bid farewell to Jodie Whittaker as their lead star. The difference here is that the casting changes are built into the show’s narrative, but again it’s evidence that they don’t have to kill the momentum of a series.
We’ll have to wait a while to see how Hemsworth does. Presumably, filming hasn’t started on The Witcher season four yet, and there’s no indication that it will start anytime soon. We’re looking at a 2024 release at the earliest.
Netflix hopes that Cavill’s move to Hemsworth will have no impact on the show’s popularity, which is one of its biggest hits. Spin-off The Witcher: Blood Origin is making its Christmas Day debut and should keep fans going until the third season launches sometime next year.
What we don’t get from Netflix is a reason to change. Given that Cavill just revealed he’s returning as Superman in another movie, maybe he just doesn’t have time for The Witcher anymore – or maybe he just feels like he needs to take some time off the mainland right now.