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
We previously reported that showrunner Lauren Hissrich was skeptical of there being a season three. But now we know it's a sure thing, she might have just been throwing fans off their scent.
She previously said, "we need a great season two if we have a hope of having a season three." So with season two yet to be released, Netflix must be quietly confident that it'll be a hit.
Season one of the show, which stars Henry Cavil, brought in colossal figures (76 million viewers) and earned it the title of most-popular series on Netflix in 2019.
Despite the success and the scope for more series to be based on Andrzej Sapowski's books (of which there are many to choose from), Netflix does have a reputation for pulling the plug on shows after a couple of seasons due to production costs rising. So it's good to see that The Witcher will be around for a while longer, for now.
The Witcher season 3 release date
Fans aren't likely to see The Witcher season three until at least late-2022, but more likely 2023.
We're hoping the producers get straight to making the next season as quickly as they did with season two.
After the release of season one in December 2019, season two was announced and filming started just two months later.
As for a release date for season three, it's all down to Cavill's schedule. He started filming for Argylle in August 2021, which is also when the six-part spin-off prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin went into production.
Then there's also The Rosie Project, which stars Cavill, and that won't start filming until 2022. So realistically, we probably won't see a third instalment of the The Witcher series until 2023.
Let's hope Henry Cavill avoids injuring himself this time.
The Witcher season 3 trailer
As production hasn't started yet, it's too early to expect a trailer. We'll drop one here as soon as it's released.
The Witcher season 3 cast
It's way too early to know about new characters and who might join the cast for season three. Needless to say, Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan - who play The Witcher's main characters - are sure to return for season three.
The streaming service isn't short of material from Sapowski's book series, which follow the stories and relationships of a huge range of characters.
In season two, Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh, who played Lady Danbury, joined the cast to play Nenneke - a priestess who appears in Sapkowski's books.
Silent Witness's Liz Carr, theatre actress Cassie Clare, The Hobbit's Graham McTavish, Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle, and Simon Callow - known for Four Weddings and a Funeral - were also new faces in the second series - and no doubt will reappear in the third.
There's also Chris Fulton, who played Sir Phillip Crane in Bridgerton, who makes his debut in The Witcher as Rience - one of the major baddies in the books.