Now that The Witcher season two has dropped on Netflix, we can look forward to The Witcher season three. And thankfully, there's no need for speculation or wishful thinking, because Netflix have already confirmed another series is definitely happening.
Here's everything we know about the third instalment of the much-loved fantasy show, from potential release date to storylines and so much more.
Has The Witcher season 3 started filming?
There's good news: The Witcher season three has officially started shooting! The show's official Netflix account announced the news on 4th April with a picture of Henry Cavill and cast-mates (presumably Freya Allan) on set in a very snowy winter wonderland.
The tweet revealed, "Our family is back together again. #TheWitcher Season 3 is officially in production!"
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 4, 2022
What will The Witcher season 3 be about?
Following up on their production announcement, The Witcher's Twitter account also shared an intriguing insight into season three's plot.
They told followers, "We're also excited to reveal the official plot summary for the upcoming season...," alongside an image featuring a full synopsis for the series.
The summary teases:
"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."
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 4, 2022
Fans of the series will already know that The Witcher is based on the books of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, and created for Netflix by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich - so we'll expect season three to stay close to the books too.
The end of season two picked up on a few details from the series' second book, The Time of Contempt. It makes sense then that the third series will follow the plot of the same book, in which Ciri works on completing her sorceress training.
When was The Witcher season 3 confirmed?
Netflix *officially* confirmed the show was happening on 25 September 2021. "Toss a coin to our growing Witcher universe!" they wrote. "We can officially announce The Witcher Season 3, along with a second anime feature film, and a new Kids and Family series set in the world of The Witcher."
Wow. Talk about expanding the Witcher world.
Toss a coin to our growing Witcher universe! We can officially announce The Witcher Season 3, along with a second anime feature film, and a new Kids and Family series set in the world of The Witcher. pic.twitter.com/E032fDAXYx
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) September 25, 2021
Back in July 2021, Lad Bible revealed screenwriting for the much-anticipated follow up had started.
Who will star in The Witcher season 3?
Thanks to The Witcher's Twitter account announcing the start of filming on S3 with a picture from set, we can see that Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Enola Holmes, The Tudors) will indeed be returning as Geralt of Rivia.
Sat next to Cavill, we can presumably see Freya Allan (Gunpowder Milkshake) back in her role as Princess Ciri, as well as Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) as Yennefer - though the picture is from the back of their heads.
We can also expect the likes of Anna Shaffer (Triss), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Eamon Farren (Cahir), MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Lars Mikkelson (Stregobor), Terence Maynard (Artorius), Tom Canton (Filavandrel) and Royce Pierreson (Istredd) and to also return.
Is there a trailer for The Witcher season 3?
Bearing in mind that writing for the third season started in summer 2021 and filming was just announced as of April 2022, we'll probably be waiting a while for the trailer. Until then, why not rewatch the first and second seasons to really get yourself in The Witcher mood.
When will The Witcher season 3 be released?
No word on an official release date yet either, so watch this space. Season one of The Witcher was released in December 2019, while season two of The Witcher dropped on Netflix on 17 December 2021. So, following that pattern, we could be looking at December 2023. Agh.
However, Covid delays may have played a part in S2, so there's always a chance season three could be earlier.
What have The Witcher cast said about season 3?
"All I know is that I’m incredibly excited to start it, really," Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier, told Cosmopolitan UK. "Yeah, we know some of the beats, and Lauren [Schmidt Hissrich] is guiding this ship with such kindness … And collaborative spirit. Yeah, we’re all kind of raring to go."
Producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich added, "Not only has work [on season three] already started, the writers’ room is almost finished. Season three is really fun because it’s based on my favourite book on the series, which is the Time of Contempt. In fact, a lot of stuff that we’re doing in season two has really been the work of setting up that season.
"And there are huge things that happen. And a lot of people die. It is a big turning point, both for our series and storytelling, but also just in the Continent itself."
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