Netflix has set the release date for The Witcher season 3 – the final installment of the video game adaptation with Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Back in October 2022, Cavill revealed that he is exiting the show after the third season, with Hunger Games alum Liam Hemsworth taking over the titular role for the show’s already renewed fourth season.
The Witcher season 3 release date
As revealed at the end of the first teaser trailer for the third season of The Witcher, the upcoming season is divided into two volumes. Volume 1, which is comprised of the first five episodes of the season, will be available for streaming globally starting June 29th. Volume 2, meanwhile, which is made up of the season’s last three episodes, will drop on Netflix on July 27th.
The Witcher season 3 trailer
The third season of The Witcher doesn’t have an official trailer yet. But the abovementioned teaser trailer released on Tuesday, April 25th, gives fans their first glimpse at the new batch of episodes.
The minute-long promo video opens with Geralt taking a swig of a liquid that transforms his eyes into a deep, demonic state. “Now, for the first time, I understand real fear,” he says in an eerie fashion.
The teaser then cuts to a series of quick shots showing Ciri (Freya Allan) being chased by The Wild Hunt, Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) unleashing her power to ward off enemies, and a mysterious lady getting extra physical with Jaskier, a.k.a. The Bard (Joey Batey).
The video ends with Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer trying to find each other in what appears to be a maze filled with monsters. You can watch the teaser trailer below:
What will happen in The Witcher season 3?
The teaser trailer doesn’t give away any major plot details about The Witcher season 3. Good thing Netflix has released an official description of the upcoming season, which you can read below:
“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.”
Who will be in The Witcher season 3?
In addition to Cavill, Allan, Chalotra, and Batey, other returning cast members for season 3 include Anna Shaffer and Bart Edward, who are reprising their roles as Triss Merigold of Maribor and Duny Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, respectively.
Other new and returning season 3 cast members include Myanna Buring as Tissaia, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mimî M Khayisa as Fringilla, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Mecia Simson as Francesca, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Graham McTavish as Dijkstra, Cassie Clare as Philippa, Hugh Skinner as Radovid, and Wilson Mbomio as Dar.
Also appearing in the upcoming third season is Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Terence Maynard as Artorius, Simon Callow as Codringher, Liz Carr as Fenn, Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina, Safiyya Ingar as Keira, Rochelle Rose as Margarita, Michalina Olszanska as Marti, Robbie Amell as Gallatin, and Jeremy Crawford as Yarpen.
The upcoming season will also feature performances by Bart Edwards as Emhyr, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Christelle Elwin as Mistle, and Meng’er Zhang as Milva.
The Witcher season 3 photos
In addition to the release date, synopsis, and video teaser for The Witcher season 3, Netflix has also unveiled the first official photos from the upcoming season. You can check them out below:
Why is Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher?
Cavill and Netflix didn’t offer an explanation about the actor’s impending departure from The Witcher, but a lot of fans were convinced that it had something to do with the actor’s desire to reprise his role as Superman.
A few days before Netflix announced Cavill’s exit from The Witcher, the actor confirmed his comeback as DC Universe’s Superman ― a role he first played in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel and reprised in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2017’s Justice League, 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and most recently, in 2022’s Black Adam. A lot of fans believed that Cavill couldn’t do both roles, so he chose Superman over The Witcher because the former reportedly offers a much bigger paycheck than the latter.
Interestingly, two months later, Cavill admitted that he wouldn’t be returning as Superman after all, due to DC Studios’ new bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran opting to instead tell the story of a younger Man of Steel in a new film titled Superman: Legacy. Fortunately for Cavill, he quickly landed a job on Amazon. The actor is now set to star in and executive produce the company’s series adaptation of Warhammer 40,000, the popular science fiction fantasy miniature war game, that’s currently in the works.