It’s always the same, isnt it? Take on a huge and well-loved property. Decide to change it because you think you know better. Try and blame the fans for your own shortcomings. Recast. Retool. Limp on. Get cancelled. The Witcher has followed the template to the letter.

Netflix has announced The Witcher will end with season five. Season four has just started production and Henry Cavill is out as Geralt of Rivia after he quit. His reason was rumored to be that he was such a fan of the source material that he couldn’t bear what they were doing with it.

Liam Hemsworth takes over the role for the new season and was recently seen in the table read scene that Netflix used to announce the new season. Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Freya Allan (Ciri), and Joey Batey (Jaskier) all return and were all in the video.


The fourth and fifth seasons will reportedly be shot back-to-back and will use the remaining books – Baptism of Fire, The Tower of Swallows, The Lady of the Lake – as their foundation. Laurence Fishburne joins the cast as barber-surgeon Regis, with Sharlto Copley coming onboard as bounty hunter Leo Bonhart.

James Purefoy will play Skellen, and Danny Woodburn is dwarf Zoltan.

The fourth season of The Witcher will hit the streamer towards the end of 2025.

As the series unfolded, it went from being one of Netflix’s top-ranked shows to the 202nd. Franchise author Andrzej Sapkowski said the streamer didn’t heed his suggestions for the show, and one of the writers on the first two seasons revealed that some of the writer’s room actively disliked the books and games, even actively mocking the source material. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich was forced to deny this.

Well, now your show is dead.

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