After a long time, Netflix premiered the second season of The Witcher on 17th December 2021. While being one of the most streamed and highly admired shows on the network, the season received varied responses from the audience. However, production had started working on the next season way before the release of its current installment. The writing for Season 3 began in July 2021 and was wrapped by the end of December. And now, it’s time to move on to the next round. To Ciri From what information we have, it’s safe to say that The Witcher Season 3 will begin its pre-production in the impending weeks, meaning in January itself. Whereas the filming for The Witcher Season 3 is scheduled to commence in early March 2022.
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 will indeed be returning as Geralt of Rivia.
Sat next to Cavill, we can presumably see Freya Allan back in her role as Princess Ciri, as well as Anya Chalotra as Yennefer – though the picture is from the back of their heads.
After the finale, we can expect the likes of Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Lambert (Paul Bullion), and Coen (Yasen Atour) to show up in season 3.
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.
There are also a handful of characters introduced in the second season that is in line for a comeback. They include Dijkstra (Graham McTavish), Phillipa (Cassie Clare), Rience (Chris Fulton), and Lydia (Aisha Fabienne Ross). Plus, let’s not forget the re-emergence of Duny, now known as Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr (Bart Edwards).
Four new actors are also joining the line-up. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Meng’er Zhang will play Milva, “a human adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest.” She’s also described as a “fierce and talented huntress.”
Season 3 will follow the events of Andrzej Sapkowski‘s fourth Witcher book Time of Contempt, which led to the disbandment of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. The book explores Ciri and Geralt’s relationship as they learn more about the latter’s powers. Geralt is also forced to change his neutral stance on the Continent’s politics as different factions are now hunting Ciri down.
Meanwhile, read the synopsis 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.”
How long will the filming go on?
Season 3 of Netflix’s The Witcher is in its final stretch of filming with only one month to go before production wraps in the first half of September. It wasn’t without its bumps as Henry Cavill tested positive with COVID and had to skip two weeks of filming. But now he’s back and we have more tidbits to go along with that.
As reported earlier, after a short break, filming for the new season continued without Henry Cavill focusing on scenes where he wasn’t needed. That was primarily the Thanedd coup, where there are countless players and plenty of scenes where Geralt isn’t seen.
After being in quarantine for approximately two weeks, Henry Cavill is back on set to continue filming The Witcher Season 3. As a result of the delay in Henry’s scenes, the end of filming was pushed back as well. However, the filming is now set to wrap in the first half of September.
When will Netflix premiere Season 3 of The Witcher?
Let’s assume that things don’t get any worse and that filming is completed in August 2022. After that, there would be a post-production time of 6-7 months. This indicates that the season will be released in the spring of 2023.
The Witcher season 3 release date hasn’t yet been announced, but The Witcher and The Witcher season 2 landed on Netflix in December 2019 and December 2021 respectively. A pattern has been set and, with prequel Blood Origin confirmed for a 2022 release window, it’s fairly likely that Geralt’s next live-action adventure will come in the spring of 2023.
The Witcher Season 1 and Season 2 are now available to stream exclusively on Netflix while Season 3 is currently in development for a 2023 release.