Just a few months before the release of its third season, current talks online say that The Witcher Season 5 is planned to be its final ride. Set for release in mid-2023, The Witcher Season 3 will be Henry Cavill’s last portrayal of Geralt of Rivia.
In a separate report, Netflix has plans to produce Seasons 4 and 5 back-to-back. With that, the streaming giant seems to be trying to wrap things up as quickly and cleanly as possible.
After the mess that started from reports that the production is drastically deviating from the source novels, which caused Cavill to decide to relinquish his medallion to Liam Hemsworth to the lacklustre spinoff The Witcher: Blood Origin, the franchise is in dire need of an upswing.
The Witcher Season 5 Might Just Be The Final Season
Redanian Intelligence says that despite the setbacks of the franchise, Netflix is still set with its plans for Season 4 and 5. Furthermore, they were under the impression that these plans were on the table while Hemsworth was already on board. However, unlike what was reported a few months back, Netflix just gave the green light for Season 4 but is not 100% locked in a Season 5.
So, they are sure with Season 4 and then let’s-see-what-happens for Season 5? Apparently, that sounds just about it. It is more likely that Netflix will have to see how audiences will receive Hemsworth as the new Geralt of Rivia.
Even though Cavill endorsed him taking over the role, many fans are still denying the fact that The White Wolf will no longer be Cavill. He was perfectly cast for the role and fully immersed himself in the lore of The Continent that people on set acknowledge him as The Witcher encyclopedia. The actor himself admitted that he really sought to bag the role the moment he heard that a live-action adaptation of The Witcher was in the works.
Prior to the show, Cavill was already a fan of the world that Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski created. Initially playing the videogame adaptation, he then deep-dived into the novels and just took it all in. Perhaps it is a requisite to be a fan to be able to take on the role of the Continent’s White Wolf.
On October 30th last year, Hemsworth took to Instagram to say his piece:
As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure.
Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world. @henrycavill @witchernetflix
The Witcher Season 5 is Planned But With A Caveat
Hemsworth himself has said that he has big boots to fill. Being a fan, it could double the weight he will carry, knowing that the one he is replacing has already established himself in the franchise for three whole seasons.
Facing great adversity, a person of a strong core can prove his mettle. Hemsworth’s first quest is to win over the hearts of The Witcher fans. Maybe let them know he isn’t there to take over or replace them but there to continue the story.
The problem is fans also fear that the show is deviating from the story of the original author. That is a condition that is beyond Hemsworth’s pay grade. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has to prove that the direction they are taking in the series will make sense. Granted, books will always be adapted differently for the small or big screen. But there are certain expectations that fans have.
Diverting from these expectations will definitely put the franchise in danger of alienating the ones who love it most in the first place. Many of them are already sceptical that they will be able to push past Season 4. And these are from those who also gave The Witcher: Blood Origin a chance.
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