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A date for The Witcher season two has now been announced and fans are already wondering whether there's going to be a third season. It looks like something is being written, but with a condition attached, according to one of the showrunners.
The series, which follows Geralt of Rivia as portrayed by Henry Cavill, was Netlifx's most popular series of 2019.
Netflix has confirmed the much-delayed second season will air on 17th December 2021, but is yet to say whether a third has been greenlit.
While some believe something is already in the pipeline, others are more skeptical, citing Netflix's reputation for cancelling shows after a couple of series despite their success.
Not officially, but there's some evidence it's already in the works. In October, a The Witcher fan site reported that a third season of The Witcher had appeared on the Writers Guild of America's website. This is the biggest clue yet that Netflix has already greenlit the third season before the second has aired.
But then again, one of the showrunners isn't so sure about a third season. Speaking at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, showrunner Lauren Hissrich said The Witcher season 2 needs one heck of a Christmas viewing figure this December for a season 3 to be greenlit.
Hissrich said "there has been no formal renewal" of The Witcher.
"In fact, right now my focus is on Season 2. I mean, we have this airdate now, we're going to launch on December 17. There is still a lot of work to be done in post-production. So I'm back and forth between Los Angeles and London completing that, and that is just where all of our focus is right now, because we need a great Season 2 if we have a hope of having a Season 3."
But sources close to the show have told Redanian Intelligence that writing has started for the third season.
And if you wanted more evidence that the third season is in the making, back in n December, the NetflixGeekd Twitter account tweeted a photo of what looks to be the (spoiler warning) final page of the script for season two and said:
"This page from the Witcher Season 2 script shows the next season isn't holding back." The script suggests a big cliffhanger, the kind you'd only plan if you already knew another season was confirmed.
We're hoping the producers get straight to making the next season as quickly as they did with season 2. After the release of season 1 in December 2019, season 2 was announced and filming was started just two months later. Going by that logic, we hope to hear an official confirmation for season 3 shortly after season 2's release, in early 2022.
As for a release date, it's all down to Cavill's schedule. He's due to start filming for Argylle in August 2021, which is also when the six-part spin-off prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin goes 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 main series until 2023.
It's way too early to know about new characters and who might join the cast for season three. Needless to say, Cavill, Chalotra and Allen - who play The Witcher's main characters - are sure to return for a third season.
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..
For season two, Bridgerton star, Adjoa Andoh, who played Lady Danbury, joins 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 - are also signed on for the second series.
Chris Fulton, who played Sir Phillip Crane in Bridgerton, will play Rience - one of the major baddies in the books.
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