When will Geralt of Rivia return to our screens? Continue reading to learn more about The Witcher Season 4.
Are you already craving another visit to the world of The Witcher? Then we can assure you that there is no more time left to waste as the journey into the medieval-inspired landmass known as the Continent, will continue to ensue for another season, which is expected to soar higher than ever before! If you are curious to know all the latest details, then you have reached the right place to get all your answers for the much-awaited fourth season!
So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and get ready to be mesmerized by getting an insight into this dynamic world, as we have got you covered with all the latest updates, which include details about the renewal status, potential release date, plot, cast, and episodes, which will be helpful for you to understand what new developments have been disclosed by the network so far. Here is everything we know so far about Netflix’s The Witcher Season 4.
The Witcher Season 4 Renewal Status: Is it happening or not?
After much anticipation and the premiere of all the episodes of the third season, which were released in two volumes on June 29, 2023, and July 27, 2023. We are delighted to inform our beloved readers that the fantasy drama television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix and based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski has been renewed for a fourth season, with Liam Hemsworth taking over the role of Geralt of Rivia!
Yes! The series will be back to continue and explore the legends of Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Princess Ciri. As, the official Twitter handle of the show also confirmed the renewal update by sharing a quick post among their followers on the various social media handles, quoting, “It’s official: The Witcher is returning for Season 4, and Henry Cavill will be handing his swords to Liam Hemsworth as the new Geralt of Rivia after Season 3. Welcome to the Witcher family, @LiamHemsworth!”
Take a look at the official announcement below:
It’s official: The Witcher is returning for Season 4, and Henry Cavill will be handing his swords to Liam Hemsworth as the new Geralt of Rivia after Season 3. Welcome to the Witcher family, @LiamHemsworth!
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) October 29, 2022
The Witcher Season 4 Release Date: When is it expected to return?
As of writing this, we can assure the readers that the prospective premiere date for The Witcher Season 4 has yet to be acknowledged! The exact release window has not been hinted at due to the ongoing strikes, which include the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, that has caused both writers and actors to join hands in protest regarding their fair compensation. This has caused many production houses to come to a temporary halt, and we speculate that the same has happened with this series’ cast and crew.
According to Production Weekly, The Witcher Season 4 was scheduled to start filming in September 2023. But, as of July 2023, the production has been delayed until 2024!
For your convenience, we predict that the ideal release window for the fourth season will be set sometime around 2024, just like the prior installments, in order to be consistent with the episode rollout without a major hiatus. Ofcourse! This can only happen if the strikes conclude early and production starts by late 2023, in order to create new scripts and get actors to resume their work for producing new episodes, for which the fans will have to wait some time! Moreover, it is expected to air at the same time slot of 12:00 a.m. PT/3:00 a.m. ET on the streaming platform.
As stated above, a statement about the show’s official release date is still pending verification by Netflix. So, this is just speculation that the next season might follow the same pattern and be released in a similar time frame if the network decides to go with the previously hinted schedule. The completion of the season’s filming will certainly take a lot of time, as it is a VFX and set-heavy series that requires proper measures to complete post-production, as well as considerable work for editing to achieve the best results.
In conclusion, we would like to stress the fact that the release window is still subject to change since the chances of the series extending until 2024 aren’t the only option. Many reports have also speculated that it is more realistic to expect a release in 2025 only if the strike continues to gain momentum and doesn’t reach an agreement in the coming weeks, leading to further delays in the season’s meticulous production. Hence, more details will be confirmed later, as we are certain that the producers will likely prioritize delivering an exceptional season that won’t disappoint the fan base.
Release Prediction: Mid-to-Late 2024, or, to be safe, the series can be released by the summer of 2025.
In order to receive updates on when the show returns on Netflix, interested viewers can also enable notifications. Likewise, we would like to emphasize that this is all guesswork at this time, and fans should keep an eye on this topic, which will certainly get new updates in the coming months from the beloved cast and crew. Also, the series will premiere on a worldwide scale, and as a result, it will have different time zones for the international audience, which we have listed below as it will help you stream the show along with the global viewers at the same time, which are as follows:
- Alaska: 11:00 p.m. AKDT the night before the release date
- Brazil: 4:00 a.m. BRT the morning of the release date
- Dubai, UAE: 11:00 a.m. GST the morning of the release date
- East Coast of the US: 3:00 a.m. ET the morning of the release date
- England: 7:00 am BST on the morning of the release date
- France: 8:00 a.m. CEST on the morning of the release date
- Germany: 8:00 a.m. CEST on the morning of the release date
- Hawaii: 9:00 p.m. HST the night before the release date
- India: 12:30 p.m. IST on the afternoon of the release date
- Israel: 9:00 a.m. IDT the morning of the release date
- Italy: 8:00 a.m. CEST on the morning of the release date
- Japan: 4:00 p.m. KST the afternoon of the release date
- Midwest of the US: 2:00 a.m. CT on the morning of the release date
- Mountain time in the US: 1:00 a.m. MT, the morning of the release date
- South Africa: 9:00 a.m. SAST the morning of the release date
- South Korea: 4:00 p.m. KST on the afternoon of the release date
- Spain: 8:00 a.m. CEST on the morning of the release date
- Sydney, Australia: 5:00 p.m. AEST on the afternoon of the release date
- West Coast of the US: 12:00 a.m PT the morning of the release date
The Witcher Season 4: What to expect in the new season?
The series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s best-selling book series, and the show follows Geralt as he travels the Continent fighting anything and everything that goes bump in the night, from ghouls to bruxas and more. Along the way, he forms an unlikely family with the powerful sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Cintran princess Ciri (Freya Allan) as they evade the mages, monarchs, and monsters who seek to capture Ciri.
The story begins with Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri of Cintra, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg at different periods in time, exploring formative events that shape their identities throughout the course of the first season before merging into a single timeline. Convinced that Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans, and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.
Though not much has been revealed, we are certain that the next season will continue the story from the third season, which follows, “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.”
In response to the question of whether the new main actor would be handled in season 4, producer Tomek Bagiński told RadioTimes.com, “There are a few really good writers returning to the writers’ room for season 4. I think they cobbled together a really nice opening which is really true to the books. This is a very little thing that I will tease – people who know the books really deeply also know that this is not a typical fantasy book. It’s not just one world. It’s not just one story happening in those books, in those stories. It’s a huge, huge world which is very, very complex… I will stop here!”
The plotlines will also expand in relation to exploring character arcs from the third season’s finale episode, “The Cost of Chaos,” which was directed by Bola Ogun and written by Mike Ostrowski and Troy Dangerfield. The final episode revolves around the fateful events at Aretuza, where Geralt and Yennefer struggle to pick up the pieces and reunite their family as war comes to the Continent. The book series will also play a crucial role in taking elements of the story to be adapted into an effective screenplay that the fans have loved to binge-watch!
The Witcher Season 4 Cast Updates: Who will return?
As stated above, in Season 4, Liam Hemsworth will step in as the titular monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, the role Henry Cavill originated in the first three seasons. The two actors shared the exciting news on social media, confirming to fans the decision of such a major cast change.
“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4,” said Cavill in a statement. “In my stead, the fantastic Mr. Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”
Liam Hemsworth is also thrilled about this new adventure, quote, “As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” he said in a statement. “Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honored that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”
Keeping these changes in mind, it seems logical that the remaining cast might also be up to change, which includes Freya Allan as Cirilla, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Joey Batey as Jaskier, Mimî M. Khayisa as Fringilla, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Mbomio as Dara, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Graham McTavish as Sigismund Dijkstra, Cassie Clare as Philippa Eilhart, Bart Edwards as Emperor Emyhr, Hugh Skinner as Prince Radovid, and Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina, and Cal Watson as Eva.
Other cast members include Christelle Elwin as Mistle, Rochelle Rose as Margarita Laux-Antille, Frances Pooley as Teryn (fake Ciri), Meng’er Zhang as Milva, Mecia Simson as Francesca, Safiyya Ingar as Keira, Ben Radcliffe as Giselher, Fabian McCallum as Kayleigh, Aggy K. Adams as Iskra, Connor Crawford as Asse, and Juliette Alexandra as Reef. A few cast members who will not be back include Tom Canton, MyAnna Buring, Ed Birch, Kaine Zajaz, Terence Maynard, Robbie Amell, and Sam Woolf. At last, the series is executive produced and executive produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Can we all take a few moments to appreciate the mages of Aretuza? pic.twitter.com/amYQCOLwHX
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) July 28, 2023
The Witcher Season 4 Episodes: Where to stream?
The forthcoming season is expected to have the same range of about 8 episodes with a runtime of 47 to 67 minutes, which are expected to be released on the same day, just like the prior seasons. We speculate that it is intended to follow the same framework as the prior seasons to be consistent. The official episode title and synopsis of these episodes have also not been revealed to avoid early spoilers. For the time being, we recommend that viewers follow the show’s social media handle to stay up-to-date on the latest details about the fourth season.
When Season 4 of The Witcher draws close to its release date, the series will be available exclusively on Netflix, with all previous episodes also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options. The video quality and quantity of screens you can use to stream Netflix simultaneously depend on the package you choose. The basic membership starts at $9.99/month, and the standard membership starts at $15.49/month at no additional cost, with any of their services offered to subscribers around the globe.
Ciri saw it in a vision. Volume 2 of The Witcher, now streaming. pic.twitter.com/l0FEiptY0I
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) July 27, 2023
The Witcher Season 4 Official Trailer: Has it been released?
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t released any new promotional stuff for the fourth season, which is disappointing, but it does help in building anticipation and hype from the fandom, who will be quick to investigate the new trailer by looking at it in detail and guessing the potential plotlines, which will be exciting! We’ll have to wait for it to be released once the filming resumes. Until then, fans should check out the third season trailer to recap all the events that have transpired so far.
This season is inspired by the second installment in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher book series, “Time of Contempt,” in which we finally see our hero reckoning with his feelings after two seasons of steely, tough-guy detachment.
Last but not least, the third season reports an 86% approval rating with an average rating of 7.1/10, based on 36 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The website reads: “Capably shouldered by Henry Cavill’s gruff charm, The Witcher‘s plotty third season pays a fittingly fond farewell to this particular Geralt of Rivia.” On the other hand, Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
While you wait for The Witcher Season 4 to premiere on Netflix, share your thoughts on what you expect to see in the new season in the comments.