After scoring strong reviews for the role across two seasons, Henry Cavill reveals he is exiting The Witcher after season 3. Cavill has led the Netflix show as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter traveling across the medieval landmass known as The Continent encountering a variety of creatures. The Witcher also explores Geralt’s ties to Freya Allan’s Princess Cirilla and Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, both of whom will be key in the reshaping of the world in the future.
Since premiering on Netflix in late 2019, The Witcher has become a smash hit for the streaming platform, setting a variety of viewership records and garnering generally favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike. This success has since spawned multiple spinoffs, including the upcoming live-action prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin and the animated Vesemir origin story Nightmare of the Wolf, with plans for a family-friendly animated series and a second animated movie also in the works. While Cavill and Geralt may still be the face of The Witcher franchise, it sounds as though a new appearance will be leading the charge in the near future.
With production currently underway on the next chapter of the show, Henry Cavill took to his Instagram and Netflix to Twitter to reveal that he would be leaving The Witcher after season 3. The actor also revealed that rather than the show coming to a close, the role will be carried on by Liam Hemsworth in season 4, seemingly also confirming the show’s renewal at Netflix. Check out Cavill and Netflix’s announcement above:
Why Henry Cavill Is Leaving The Witcher After Season 3
Given the actor’s success with the Netflix show, it’s sure to come as a surprise to many to learn that Cavill will be leaving The Witcher after season 3, which is eyeing a mid-2023 premiere date. However, for fans who have been following recent headlines surrounding him, it may prove understandable Cavill can no longer lead the fantasy series as he now makes his way back to the DC Extended Universe as Superman. Interestingly, his leading role in The Witcher came shortly after his seeming departure from the DCEU, with his schedule having become open for something on a scale as large as Netflix’s adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels.
Even outside of his Superman return, Cavill has a number of projects on his docket that necessitate his leaving The Witcher after season 3. It was recently announced he would be reuniting with Guy Ritchie for the World War II action movie The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, while also leading the cast for Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller Argylle, which is expected to launch a trilogy, and the long-gestating Highlander reboot from John Wick director Chad Stahelski. While some may differ on their feelings of the show continuing without the actor, it will be interesting to see if The Witcher season 3 will properly set up Liam Hemsworth’s recasting when it premieres in mid 2023.
It’s official: The Witcher is returning for Season 4, and Henry Cavill will be handing his swords to Liam Hemsworth as the new Geralt of Rivia after Season 3. Welcome to the Witcher family, @LiamHemsworth!Read more: https://t.co/ABQMdqkzXX pic.twitter.com/xyIaRBbiRT— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) October 29, 2022