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The Witcher Season 3 - What We Know So Far

Contains spoilers for "The Witcher" Season 2

Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) has had an interesting journey through the Continent so far, and it's only going to get more dangerous in the future. "The Witcher" is one of Netflix's biggest shows, and for good reason. The fantasy show recently returned to the streaming service for its second season, which sees Geralt take Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) to the witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen in the aftermath of the Battle of Sodden Hill at the end of "The Witcher" Season 1. Because of Ciri's royal status, she's a valuable figure for the Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaard, so the world has become a very dangerous place for her.

Season 2 sees Ciri train with the other witchers as she learns to get a hold on her powers, while Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) goes on a quest across the Continent to uncover why the world seems to be heading toward an apocalypse. It's an action-packed season to say the least. What's even more impressive is that the cast and crew managed to make "The Witcher" Season 2 under intense COVID-19 restrictions.

But now that the second adventure is over, it's time to look ahead to the future. Here's what we know so far about "The Witcher" Season 3.

What's the release date for The Witcher Season 3?

Unsurprisingly, Netflix hasn't revealed the "The Witcher" Season 3 release date just yet, since the Season 2 has only just debuted online. However, the streaming service has already confirmed that a third outing is in the works for Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer. Back in September, Netflix tweeted: "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."

So, at least we know that Season 3 is on the way — although, it'll be interesting to see whether the second anime movie will tie into "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf," since that dives into Vesemir's (Kim Bodnia) backstory ahead of Season 2. But it's also possible the film might be used to prop up a character or a plot point going into Season 3 in the same way. And a family-friendly "Witcher" series? That'll be one to keep an eye on.

But it'll likely be 2023 before the main show arrives on our screens. Lauren S. Hissrich will return as the showrunner of the series, and Netflix has already recruited a number of writers for the third outing, including "Castle" writer Troy Dangerfield (via Twitter).

Who's in the cast of The Witcher Season 3?

"The Witcher" Season 2 introduces fans to a wide variety of new characters and monsters throughout the Continent, including the likes of Nivellen (Kristofer Hivju), Vesemir, and the rest of the other Witchers who grew up with Geralt at Kaer Morhen. So hopefully Season 3 will also seize the opportunity to bring other characters from the books by Andrzej Sapkowski into the series.

The NSFW site Recapped recently reported that "The major recurring role we've seen is for a female actress in their 20s to play a student that is brainwashed into believing they're someone else." Although it's not clear how reliable that information is, so take the rumor with a pinch of salt.

It seems highly likely that the main cast, like Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra will all return to their respective roles, but the ending of Season 2 definitely leaves them in some interesting places. However, Cavill recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he intends to commit to Lauren S. Hissrich's seven-year plan for the show, but only "as long as we can keep telling great stories which honor [author Andrzej] Sapkowski's work."

Let's just hope that Joey Batey also returns to give us more of Jaskier's incredible lyrics.

What's the plot of the Witcher Season 3?

Unsurprisingly, the plot of "The Witcher" Season 3 is being kept under wraps for the moment, but it's definitely going to lead on from the apocalyptic air that descends across the Continent in Season 2. Although, if we had to guess, it'll probably involve Geralt killing some terrifying monsters along the way. Lauren S. Hissrich has been doing plenty of press ahead of "The Witcher" Season 2, and she recently teased what to expect from the third season. 

According to ComicBook.com, Hissrich spoke at the Lucca Comics & Games 2021 festival and revealed: "What I will say about the third season, the writers are back in Los Angeles diligently working while I am here getting to do this, so I'm grateful for them," before also adding that it will be a "really fun season." The showrunner went on to say that "The Witcher" Season 3 will follow a "particular book very closely" and that it includes "a lot of action, some death... some death." Interesting.

Thankfully, we know that the series is set to start shooting in early 2022, as per "The Witcher" fan site Redanian Intelligence, which spotted the listing in Production Weekly. We'll probably learn more about what's ahead for Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer when filming starts — so we'll be sure to keep you updated.