The Witcher franchise is currently a valley of plenty. Between the anime prequel and the numerous spinoffs presently in production, Andrzej Sapkowski’s fictional universe appears to expand daily.
Of course, however, all eyes remain firmly trained on Henry Cavill’s flagship program, and not only because Geralt is incredibly attractive. The good news is that before season two even premiered, Netflix confirmed that season three will also be forthcoming.
The announcement was made during Netflix’s TUDUM event in September 2021, however s,ince then, there have been numerous updates regarding season three. Grab your trusty steed and as mamuchash, as you can carry as we return to the Continent to discover out happens next in The Witcher’s third season.
The Witcher Season 3 Potential Release Date
The second season of The Witcher premiered almost exactly two years after the first, however, this was mostly due to COVID-related delays and Henry Cavill’s injury during filming.
Currently, television producers appear to be operating virtually as quickly as they did prbeforehe the pandemic. Taking into consideration any additional potential delays, we would expect season three to premiere by the end of 2022. or most likely, 2023. However, this is certainly susceptible to change.
Digital Spy lelearnedrom showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich in the latter week of November 2021 that the writers’ room is already at work on season three scripts.
“This season’s writers’ room is outstanding. I mean, the show has always had amazing writers. However, I feel that this season has… It was fascinating to see how this new blood altered the dynamic of the room: individuals who had watched the first season, then the second season, and who came in with fresh, new ideas and pushed me on things I hadn’t previously considered.
Lauren continued, “It’s fascinating, though, because once we’ve completed the scripts, only then do we begin talking to the actors and the directors and figuring out how to transform these eight episodes into a full-length experience.”
“It’s crucial to me that performers, for example, feel papassionatebout their journeys and comprehend the journeys of their characters. Thus, these are all dialogues that will shortly commence.”
The Witcher Season 3 Cast
Henry Cavill will appear in season three, with our fafavoriteast members who have made the show what it is.
• Freya Allan as Cirilla AKA Ciri
• Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
• Joey Batey as Jaskier
• Royce Pierreson as Istredd
• Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold
• Kim Bodnia as Vesemir
If you’ve watched the entirety of season two, you also know that Ciri’s father, Emhyr, returns from the dead, so to speak. If the gloomy climax of season two is any indication, actor Bart Edwards will play a key part in season three’s Big Bad.
As the relationship between Nilfgaard and the elves becomes more strained, characters from this war, as well as the magi, are likely to return. Therefore, it is likely that Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla), Media Simson (Francesa), Mahesh Jadu (Vilgefortz), and MyAnna Buring (Tissaia) will all return for a third season.
As filming for the third season began, several cast members wawereonfirmed, including some rerecognizedaces from other major franchises.
So far, this includes:
- Robbie Amell (The Flash) plays Gallatin, the leader of a guerilla Scoia’tael army battling for Nilfgaard.
- Milva is a tough and talented human huntress adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest who also has excellent archery abilities and a strong survival instinct, played by Shang-Meng’er Chi’s Zhang.
- Hugh Skinner (Fleabag) as Prince Radovid, King Vizimir’s (Ed Birch) playboy brother. “With his good looks and intoxicated charm, Radovid amazes with how perceptive he can be in political issues, but it’s all games until someone gets wounded,” according to the press release.
- The Bloods’ Mistle is played by Christell Elwin, a member of the Rats, an adolescent misfit gang who is suspicious and out for vengeance – until a chance encounter changes everything.
And who knows, maybe the prprogramill finally incorporates some queer characters… One of the most prominent LGBTQ+ characters from this franchise is Philippa Eilhart, and following her cameo in season two, expect to see a lot more from Cassie Clare in the role when season three arrives.
Ciri’s sexuality was also discussed by Lauren S Hissrich in an interview with Digital Spy: “That’s something I’d say is hinted at in the books with Ciri, but you never really get into what her sexuality is until we start to go into it further.
“All of this is on the horizon, and it’s exciting. I’m pleased you mentioned it because I believe one of the things we want to achieve with The Witcher is to illustrate that fantasy is for everyone and reflects everyone.”
Freya Allan, who plays Ciri, added: “I’ll have to wait till we get there to figure out how I’m going to deal with Ciri’s sexuality. In terms of the fact that she’s nearly becoming fairly boy-like, you can see glimpses of her attempting to negotiate that throughout the season. […] But I don’t believe she’s realized her sexuality just yet. It’s something she’ll find out about in season three or four, at the very least. We’ll have to wait and see.”
We believe the producers have put out casting calls for a character known as The Professor, aka Ralf Blunden, who is known to those familiar with the Witcher canon as essentially an assassin in specs with a large vocabulary, though he doesn’t always understand the words himself, thanks to Redandian Intelligence.
Inevitably, he’ll track down Yennefer and Ciri. (By the way, he’s not to be mistaken with the Professor from the original Witcher game, who was similar but not identical.) It’s important noting that none of this has been confirmed.
Safiyya Ingar has also been cast as pivotal Time of Contempt character Milva, according to ReIranianntelligence, but until we get an official announcement, we’ll take that with a grain of salt.
However, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh, who plays high priestess Nenneke, may be absent from the events. The actress has stated that she is unsure how much she will be involved in the forthcoming episodes.
When asked about a prospective return, Andoh said, “Yeah, I don’t know.” “We’ll see. The books are enormous. And the stories have taken so many different paths.
“Anneke appears frequently in the works. But it all depends on what they want to accomplish with this edition. We’ll have to wait and see what the show’s writers intend to do with the material from the books and how they intend to swing it.”
The Witcher Season 3 Plot
“As monarchs, magicians, and monsters of the Continent compete to capture her,” the official synopsis hinted, “Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into hiding, desperate to defend his newly-reunited family against those who threaten to destroy it.”
“Following Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer guides them to Aretuza’s walled citadel, hoping to learn more about the girl’s untapped abilities; instead, they find themselves in a battleground of political corruption, dark magic, and betrayal.” They must fight back and risk losing each other forever if they do not put everything on the line.”
Lauren S Hissrich, who should know, says, “Money aside: S3 is huge.” She also knows the budget, but she does not want to disclose it, which is understandable.
Following the dramatic finale of season two, the next few episodes will mostly focus on Ciri’s destiny as a world-destroyer or hopefully a sasaviorif season four is ever to be revealed. Many forces are assembling to use the princess’s power for their own, including Ciri’s own (dead) father, but she now has Geralt and Yennefer at her side.
Looking for a more in-depth look at the season two finale? Take a look at our incredibly detailed conclusion, which is given right here.
Season three will be focused on The Time of Contempt, the second book in the Witcher story, according to Hissrich, who spoke to TechRadar. Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt travel to Aretuza in that book, where a coup occurs, causing the trio to split up once more. It’s important to understand that this pattern can alter, as it frequently does while going from page to screen.
Cavill said on Netflix’s Geeked channel after season two’s release that things will be very different for Geralt and Yennefer after that massive betrayal:
“It’s a difficult set of conditions to recover from.” It’s going to take a lot of effort to forgive this one. Geralt’s true growth this season has been his ability to know that he can’t do it alone.”
Anya Chalotra added her two cents, stating that Yennefer has a lot to learn in the future:
“It’s habitual, isn’t it: she’s cowled, and she’s lived the type of life she’s lived with all the rules she follows, and that’s Yen, and she doesn’t trust nobody.” She may have learned to think about things more […] and it will be really difficult for her to simply dive into a new way of being.”
We asked Joey Batey on The Witcher’s most recent publicity tour in November 2021 what he expects is in store for Jaskier after season two.
“It’s a difficult one,” he admitted. “I have complete faith in Lauren’s [Hissrich] vision. She’s revising literature from the 1980s and incorporating aspects of our lives that people want to see on television. They are no longer interested in seeing dragons. They want to see dragons, but they’re also curious about how xenophobia operates on this continent. What’s it like when there’s chaos and war?
She’s fantastic at taking all of these contentious issues and presenting them through the prism of fantasy. That’s what I’m most excited for in season three: the continuation of that, as well as deeper investigation of the topics that matter to fans.”
Freya Allan, when asked the same question, provided us a more detailed response:
“I simply want to watch [Ciri] turn into a psychotic fighter. That is the most important thing. I can’t wait until she gets her hands on a real silver sword that isn’t a broomstick [laughs]. That’s something I’m looking forward to, and I’m sure Ciri is as well. As a result, we’ll all be enthusiastic at the same time.”
And, in an interview with Radio Times, Freya stated that she has already seen the scripts for Season 3: “It’s a thrilling prospect. It’s going to be a fantastic season, in my opinion.”
However, things may not go as planned for everyone. Showrunner Lauren S Hissrich teased that season three will have “a lot of action, some death… some death!” during a panel at the Lucca Comics & Games Festival in Italy. Is she referring to the death of a prominent character or just some good ol’ monster slaying? We’ll just have to wait and see.
In further dreadful news, Hissrich told Polygon what the elves’ greater presence means for season three:
“In season two, viewers will see that we put a lot more emphasis on the elf storyline, which isn’t as significant in [the major novel being adapted], Blood of Elves. Nonetheless, I’m aware that the Scoia’tael, an army of elves fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard, will be introduced in Season 3. And they don’t come over very well. It’s a fairly harsh and dark storyline.
“As a result, I want to make certain that we fully comprehended and huhumanizedheir role in the conflict. What are their origins? What is it that they are fighting for? Even if they are lost in the process. What kind of setting do they have? As a result, we’re always looking at the Witcher as a whole.”
But don’t expect everything to be set in stone. While the writers have a strategy in place, Hissrich informed fans that she will be listening to the feedback from season two and maybe modifying things in the future.
Lauren revealed this in a tweet on December 21, in which she stated:
“It’s the 21st of December. The show premiered four days ago, and after spending 2.5 years working on it, I’m curious to hear what viewers have to say (not just critics). That’s putting it mildly. I’m not going to be able to stay away, “she sent out a tweet
She also hinted that fans would learn more about Eskel’s death and Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri’s connection as the season progresses.
“I’d like to reassure them that I hear them and that they aren’t shouting into the vacuum. But I don’t have time — or shouldn’t — to engage in a lengthy discussion on why Eskel died or when G/Y/C will bond. (Spoiler alert: S3)”
Producer Steven Gaub has begun posting set photos from season three on Instagram, albeit they don’t reveal any major new locations or situations:
They did, however, go for a walk in this wonderful wood, and potentially film there:
In terms of the show’s format, each season of The Witcher has taken a slightly different approach to structure, so expect that to continue in season three, which will have a compressed chronology.
“The stories that we want to convey a cape our seasons as a whole,” Hissrich added (via The Wrap). “An excellent example is structure. There was no motivation to do non-linear tales in season two. So we chose a pretty linear approach, which allowed us to experiment with some other features of visions or flashbacks that we wouldn’t have been able to do if we were working with timeframes. Season three, in my opinion, is fantastic.”
“It’s based on The Time of Contempt, which I find to be a flexible novel.” There’s a lot of action, and there are a lot of things that will leave you speechless when you come to them. As a result, we’re letting that drive our tale. Season three, for example, takes place over a fairly short period. There isn’t much time passing because it doesn’t have to.”
When it comes to when the show will conclude, don’t expect it to last much longer than the published books. Thankfully, Andrzej Sapkowski’s major series is a little more productive than George RR Martin’s (sorry George).
“I’ve always said that I’d like to conclude our stories as Andrzej Sapkowski ended his,” Hissrich added. “I just don’t think we need to keep making stories after his deliberate end.” The strange thing is, he’s released two new books since we’ve been working on the series. We’re attempting to be a little more adaptable.
“I’ve always said that as long as there’s interest in the program, I’ll write it.” Right now, there appears to be a lot of interest. However, some of that is due to the additional universe that we are expanding. So the anime films, or the spinoff that just wrapped production, are means for us to continue presenting Sapkowski’s stories without diverting attention away from the mothership’s main storytelling.”
The Witcher Season 3 Episodes
Netflix hasn’t said how long The Witcher season three will be, but if the first two seasons are any indication, the third season will be eight episodebelongsgs well. Given the expanding expanse of the Witcherverse, we wouldn’t be surprised if season three’s length is extended to ten episodes, which may mean even more witchy goodies for us!
Netflix announced that in the first three days after the premiere of season two, fans recorded a total of 142.4 million viewing hours. The Witcher season one was The Witcher’s closest competition within that period, with 49.1 million hours watched between December 13 and 19. Netflix would not be squandering their money if they were to add two or three extra episodes to season three.
The Witcher Season 3 Trailer
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