Netflix has finally released the second season of The Witcher, the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels (which is arguably better known for its popular game adaptations).
The show continues to be one of the most popular on the platform, and as such Netflix has renewed it for a third season.
We've rounded up everything we know about season 3, including the cast, plot, trailers and more - plus all the rumours we know about the future of the show.
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The Witcher season 3 release date
Even though season 2 only just arrived, there's now been confirmation of a third season of The Witcher from Hissrich during Netflix's Tudum event. Considering the popularity of the show, this comes as no surprise.
Let’s do this, baby. ♥️⚔️🐺 pic.twitter.com/vJ1HMFAs0z— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) September 25, 2021
Netflix hasn't confirmed when season 3 will arrive, but we can hazard a guess. According to TechRadar, the scripts were almost finished by December 2021, so there's still a way to go.
There was around a two-year gap between the first and season seasons, but this was longer than planned due to COVID.
With that in mind, we expect season 3 of The Witcher to arrive at some point in 2023, or the end of 2022 at a push.
This aligns with the fact that production is supposed to start filming this March, according to Redanian Intelligence.
How to watch the next series of The Witcher
As this is a Netflix original like Sex Education, it should come as no surprise that it's exclusive to the streaming service. If you’ve not yet got a Netflix subscription, you can sign up on the website and take a look at our list of the best streaming services to see how it stacks up to the competition.
Who's in the cast for season 3?
We expect the main three cast members to return for season 3, so Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer.
We also expect to see Joey Batey as Jaskier (we're already anticipating all the new songs), Anna Shaffer as Triss, Royce Pierreson as Istredd and Kim Bodnia as Vesemir.
We'll likely hear more about which cast members are back when production starts.
What will the plot of season 3 be?
The first season drew inspiration mainly from the short stories The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, and the second season combined elements from these stories, mixed in with parts of the novel Blood of Elves.
The third season will be taking inspiration from The Time of Contempt, the second main novel in The Witcher saga. This book follows the main trio - Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt - travelling to Aretuza. However, they are forced to separate when a coup takes place.
Geralt and Yennefer will have a lot to work through after the latter betrayed Geralt's trust in the previous season. Whilst she's already tried to prove her worth by risking her life for Ciri, there may be more work to be done.
Ciri's destiny to become a world-destroyer will no doubt be a driving force of season 3, especially since we now know that her father, (who was believed to be deceased), is searching for her. However, now that the main trio is together, we can see them grow as a family and fight off these forces.
Ciri has some way to go in her training and fighting, so no doubt we'll see her grow even more as a warrior in the third season.
Season 3 will explore more of the Elven war, and will introduce us to the Scoia’tael. In an interview with Polygon, Hissrich says that we'll begin to understand what they are fighting for.
Will there be a season 4 of The Witcher?
According to LADbible, showrunner Lauren Hissrich has stated that she’s got a lot more mapped out beyond season 2. The story could in fact last up to seven seasons, which would equate to around twenty years worth of content when you add in the time for filming, production and post-production.
That said, Netflix hasn't yet confirmed anything beyond season 3.