The Witcher Season 3 —Everything We Know So Far

So far, Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia has traversed along an intriguing path through the Continent — making friends and enemies, picking up a child surprise, and fighting some dangerous monsters along the way. Netflix's television adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels has been renewed for a third season, which doesn't come as a surprise given its immense popularity.

"The Witcher" season 3 will pick up right where season 2 left off, with Geralt and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) scheming to stay ahead of the Continent's diabolical plans of pursuing Ciri (Freya Allan). Her royal status has made her invaluable to the Northern Kingdoms and the Nilfgaardian Empire, making the monster hunter and the sorceress the only ones who can keep Cintra's princess safe. 

There's much to discuss about "The Witcher" season 3, including its release date, the plot surrounding Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri's characters, and the future of the show — which seems brighter than ever considering the amount of source material remaining from Sapkowski's novels. It also helps that "The Witcher" has been really successful, and Henry Cavill's star status and familiarity with Geralt, as well as showrunner Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich's honoring of the books might have something to do with that.

Without further ado, let's dive into all we know about "The Witcher" season 3. Please tread carefully — spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 follow.

What will The Witcher season 3 be about?

Geralt and co. will be back soon! We already know that season 1 was adapted from several short stories set before "The Witcher" novels, while season 2 was based on "Blood of Elves," the first book in "The Witcher" saga. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich has confirmed that "The Witcher" season 3 will be adapted from "Time of Contempt," the second book in Sapkowski's fantasy series. In the novel, Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt journey to the Brotherhood's headquarters of Aretuza, before a coup causes the trio to separate once again.

The book also follows the monarchs of the Northern Kingdoms as they secretly prepare to go to war against Nilfgaard, entirely oblivious that the Emperor of Nilfgaard is well aware of their plans and is making preparations of his own. If the showrunners decide against employing creative license and instead allow the book to take precedence, season 3 could be a real turning point for Ciri's character. She is essential to the story, more than ever now, and the season might finally elaborate on the role she must play.

Schmidt-Hissrich also shared with Polygon that fans may have recognized the heavy focus on the elven storyline in "The Witcher" season 2, which wasn't as prominent in "Blood of Elves" — the book it was based on. The team had good reason behind their decision to concentrate on elves — the show's third season will introduce the Scoia'tael, an army of elves who will be seen fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard. Before diving into the impending storyline, Schmidt-Hissrich wanted the elven storyline to take center stage, so that viewers may have an opportunity to understand where they come from, and what they're going through. The series creator described the season 3 Scoia'tael plot as "a pretty sort of harsh, dark storyline."

Those who have read "Time of Contempt" know that this book is where the plot really starts to thicken. There's political unrest in the Continent, Nilfgaard gets stronger and progressively more dangerous. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer quickly evolve as characters, with glimpses of their past beginning to unravel. With Schmidt-Hissrich helming the season, I'd say that "The Witcher" fans are in pretty good hands.

Which cast members will return for The Witcher season 3?

Netflix hasn't announced the complete cast for season 3 yet. Still, we can be assured that Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, and Joey Batey will reprise their roles as Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and Jaskier, respectively.

"The Witcher" season 2 introduced a plethora of new characters from the books, including Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke, and Bart Edwards as Emperor Emhyr. They're all imperative to the trio's adventures, so we can expect to see them return in the show's third season. The Nilfgaardian emperor, in particular, is the overarching antagonist throughout "The Witcher" books, and as the season 2 finale revealed, will play a significant part in Ciri's life moving forward.

The Witcher season 3 release date

"The Witcher" season 3 could be looking at a December 2023 release. Season 2 was infinitely delayed due to complications arising due to the pandemic, causing the series to deliver its second season two years after its predecessor in 2021.

Schmidt-Hissrich previously shared that the writer's room for season 3 would be completed by the end of 2021, noting that the scripting for the show was nearly done. The third season officially went into production in January 2022, with producer Steve Gaub sharing behind-the-scenes photos of the crew scouting for season 3 locations. 

Gaub's photo takes fans back to the woods — a location that is all too familiar for "The Witcher" viewers. I don't know about you, but I am ready to see "The Witcher" trio spend more time in the woods.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Steve Gaub (@stevegaub)

Season 3 is expected to begin filming in a few months, which means there's hope for Netflix to release it sometime in 2023. With the first two seasons arriving in December, season 3 is sure to follow suit.

Need more of The Witcher? Worry not ...

December 2023 is far away — and if you're already missing the Continent and need more Witcher magic in your life, let me tell you about "The Witcher: Blood Origin." The six-part spin-off miniseries tells the origin story of the first Witcher and will depict the Conjunction of the Spheres — the major cataclysm event that merged the world of men and monsters — the past we've only heard echoes of.

Set over a thousand years before the events of "The Witcher," "The Witcher: Blood Origin" will explore the long-forgotten tale of the first witcher. Here's the synopsis from Netflix:

"Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal "conjunction of the spheres," when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one."

Showrunner Declan de Barra shared with Entertainment Weekly that the six-episode spin-off will take place in a pre-colonized world and follows elves in a golden age before they are betrayed by human civilization. The series stars Michelle Yeoh as Scían, the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves, Laurence O'Fuarain as the warrior Fjall, Sophia Brown as a warrior named Éile, among others. "The Witcher: Blood Origin" is slated to release in 2022.