Netflix makes major Witcher announcement as fourth season filmed

Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Joey Batey at the UK Premiere of "The Witcher" Season 3
Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Joey Batey at the UK Premiere of "The Witcher" Season 3 - now Netflix has made an announcement about the future of the series -Credit:Getty

Netflix has dropped the bombshell that The Witcher's days are numbered, with the fourth season now in production. Fans were left on tenterhooks about the future of the fantasy series after leading man Henry Cavill announced his exit from the show in 2022.

Stepping into Cavill's shoes for the upcoming season is none other than Liam Hemsworth, who couldn't contain his excitement about taking on the role of Geralt. The Hollywood star took to Instagram to share the thrilling news, exclaiming: "As a Witcher fan I'm over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia."

However, despite securing a new lead, whispers that the fifth season will be The Witcher's swansong have now been confirmed by the streaming behemoth. Netflix chiefs have declared that filming for season five will kick off immediately after season four wraps up, marking the end of Geralt's journey.

The Witcher series, based on the eponymous saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, only has three books left to adapt. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that the narrative for the final two seasons will be inspired by Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow and Lady of the Lake.

She added: "It is with huge pride that we begin shooting our penultimate Season of The Witcher with a stellar cast, including some exciting new additions, led by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia. We're thrilled to be able to bring Andrzej Sapkowski's books to an epic and satisfying conclusion. It wouldn't be our show if we didn't push our family of characters to their absolute limit - stay tuned to see how the story ends."

The release date for season four has not yet been revealed, but Netflix shared a recent picture of the cast preparing for filming by participating in a table read. A synopsis of the season has also been released, reading: "After the shocking, Continent-altering events that close out season three, the new season follows Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri who are faced with traversing the war-ravaged Continent and its many demons apart from each other."

"If they can embrace and lead the groups of misfits they find themselves in, they have a chance of surviving the baptism of fire - and finding one another again."