After the second season of The Witcher premiered on Netflix, everyone’s attention shifted to the upcoming third season. Fortunately, we didn’t have to hope or wonder about this, as Netflix has officially confirmed there will be a second season.
The release date, plot details, and more for the third season of the hit fantasy series have all been revealed.
Season 3 of The Witcher: Expected Release Date
Season 3 of The Witcher will premiere in the summer of 2023, as revealed by Henry Cavill.
He made the announcement on Sunday at Netflix‘s TUDUM event. Not knowing the precise month of release is frustrating, but knowing it will be this summer at least gives us a rough nine-month window to wait.
While the first season of The Witcher premiered in December 2019, the second season became available on Netflix on December 17, 2021. Based on this pattern, fans expected Season 3 of The Witcher to premiere in December of 2023. The announcement of its summer premiere is thus six months earlier than expected. Hooray!
The Actors Returning for The Witcher’s Third Season
Season 3 of The Witcher will see the return of fan favorites like Geralt (Henry Cavill), Ciri (Freya Allan), and Yennefer (Mads Mikkelsen) (Anya Chalotra).
In the wake of the season two conclusion, characters like Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Lambert (Paul Bullion), and Coen (Yasen Atour) will likely return for a third run.
Cast members Francesca (Mecia Simson), Triss (Anna Shaffer), Tissaia (MyAnna Buring), Dara (Wilson Mbomio), Istredd (Royce Pierreson), Vilgefortz (Mahesh Jadu), and Stregobor (Mahesh Jadu) are also expected to appear (Lars Mikkelsen).
A number of recurring characters from Season 2 are set to return. Included in this group are Graham McTavish’s Dijkstra, Cassie Clare’s Phillipa, and Lydia Reilly’s (Aisha Fabienne Ross). Not to mention Duny, now known as Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr, has made a comeback (Bart Edwards).
Hissrich also confirmed to GamesRadar+ that season three would see the return of Simon Callow’s Codringher and Liz Carr’s Fenn.
As well as the original cast, four additional actors have been cast. Milva, “a human adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest,” will be portrayed by Meng’er Zhang, who was previously seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. She is also a “fierce and adept huntress,” according to the description.
Gallatin, a “natural fighter,” is played by Robbie Amell. For Nilfgaard, he “commands a band of Scoia’tael guerillas.”
Radovid is Hugh Skinner, “Princely dweeb and younger sibling of King Vladimir.
The Redanian Intelligence has unexpectedly recruited him, and he finds himself on the inside.”
Mistle, one of The Rats, is portrayed by Christelle Elwin. In their own words, they are “a group of misfit youths who steal from the rich and donate to themselves — and sometimes the poor.”
Although, Adjoa Andoh, who plays Nenneke, is unsure of their return. “Sure, I can’t say for sure. Let’s see what happens, “The Japanese actor Andoh revealed to Radio Times (opens in new tab). “These books are monstrous in size. In addition, the story might take many different paths.
Nenneke devotes a great deal of time to studying. However, that is conditional on their plans for this particular iteration.”
One of the primary antagonists from Season 2 has reportedly been recast, via Redanian Intelligence(opens in new tab). As far as we can tell, Chris Fulton, who played Rience earlier, has left the show. Set photographs reveal that Sam Woolf of The Crown has taken up the role of the mage.
What Happens in The Witcher Season 3 and Which Novels Will Be Used for The Show?
The official plot summary for The Witcher Season 3 can be found on Netflix, and it says as follows: “Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into hiding to safeguard his newly reunited family from the monarchs, wizards, and creatures of the Continent who are all vying to capture her.
Yennefer, who has been entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, takes the two to the fortified city of Aretuza in the hopes of learning more about the girl’s latent abilities.
Instead, they find themselves in the middle of a battleground rife with political corruption, dark magic, and betrayal. Either they put up a struggle and risk losing each other for good, or they give up and give in.”
The third season of The Witcher will begin off just where the second season left off, with Nilfgaard, Redania, and the Northern kingdoms all closing in on Ciri in an effort to capture or kill the Lion Cub of Cintra. Francesca, along with the remaining elves, is after Ciri, who is now safe from harm thanks to Geralt and Yennefer. The forthcoming season will most likely revolve around these competing groups.
It’s possible that betrayal may play a major role in The Witcher season 3. Even the country’s magi, Aretuza, can’t seem to agree on whom they should serve, and Jaskier has Dijkstra and Redania in his pocket. That’s bad news for Yennefer and Geralt.
Season 2’s finale saw Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer momentarily transported to another realm, where they encountered the Wild Hunt. It’s possible that they’ll play a significant role in the finale, but they might also play a supporting role in the future season.
The show’s creator, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, announced on Twitter(opens in new tab) that Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Time of Contempt” will be adapted in the upcoming season.
The first season was largely based on A Grain of Truth and the bulk of A Blood of Elves, while the second season was inspired by The Last Wish. We won’t be discussing major plot points from the novel here, especially since the TV adaptation is planning to change several things.
One of Geralt’s bloodiest battles, Ciri’s journey, and the introduction of the criminal organization known as “The Rats” sum up what you can anticipate from this chapter. Our reading order guide for The Witcher series will let you pick up where the story left off.
In any case, we need to know if season 3 will have alternate timelines. Hissrich told TheWrap, “our seasons as a whole are really guided by the tales that we want to tell” (opens in new tab).
“Therefore, the structure is a wonderful illustration. There was no need for non-linear narratives in Season 2. Since we weren’t dealing with timelines, we were free to experiment with non-traditional components of visions and flashbacks. Specifically, I think Season 3 is fantastic.
I think “The Time of Contempt” is a great source for this because it lends itself well to adaptation. There is a tonne of thrilling moments and mind-blowing revelations. So that’s what we’re basing our narrative on. In Season 3, for example, only a little amount of time has passed. Since little time is wasted, this lasts for quite some time.”
When Will the Third Season of The Witcher Get a Trailer?
To put it simply, not anytime soon. Both previous July sneak peeks for the next season of The Witcher were five months before the season premiered in December. Now that we know Summer 2023 is the target release date, we may look forward to a Season 3 teaser at the very earliest by the end of 2022.
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