Netflix has confirmed that The Witcher series, based on the same books as the game, is getting a fourth season. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Henry Cavill (who plays Geralt) is leaving at the end of Season 3 of the Witcher series, to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth. Yes, Thor’s brother. The news was announced over the weekend, and the reactions on Twitter have been mixed. Both actors, however, have been upbeat about the change.
“In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men,” Cavill stated on Instagram.
Hemsworth was similarly positive, adding that “I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.” We certainly hope Hemsworth can do justice to the character and that there’s no awkward in-universe explanation for the change.
So why has Cavill left? There’s no solid explanation but it seems like that the change is down to his workload. The actor, who’s played Superman in several DC films, has renewed his commitment to playing the character. It could be he felt he couldn’t, or wouldn’t want to, juggle the Netflix series with his new Superman movies.
Can Hemsworth pull this off? We’ll have to wait a while to find out since Season 3, Cavill’s last season, won’t be arriving till Summer 2023. However, we did originally have our doubts that Cavill could do the character justice (he’s Superman!) and were proven wrong.
For now, though, Cavill has one more season as the gravelly-voiced monster-hunter, so enjoy it while you can.