First Looks: Liam Hemsworth’s Geralt Of Rivia Fails To Ignite ‘The Witcher’ Season 4

Netflix’s unveiling of Liam Hemsworth as the new Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming Season 4 of The Witcher has left much to be desired. The departure of Henry Cavill, who has embodied the iconic role since the series debut in 2019, set high expectations that Hemsworth’s portrayal so far fails to meet.

The first images of Hemsworth in character, shared by Netflix, do little to reassure fans worried about the series’ future. Known for his roles in The Hunger Games and Independence Day: Resurgence, Hemsworth faces the unenviable task of stepping into Cavill’s well-worn boots. Cavill, who left the series to pursue what he hoped would be a return as Superman — a plan that sadly did not materialise — passed the baton with grace, lauding the depth of the Geralt character and expressing optimism about Hemsworth’s upcoming performance.

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However, the promotional materials for Season 4 of The Witcher, including a brief clip of Hemsworth’s Geralt, offer little beyond a moody look. Notably absent are the signature grunts and the rugged charisma that Cavill brought to the role, elements that became synonymous with the character’s identity. This initial presentation has not sparked enthusiasm among the series’ followers, many of whom have taken to social media to express their scepticism.


Despite these reservations, Netflix is pressing forward, not only with Season 4 but also with a renewal through Season 5, which it has announced will conclude the series. This commitment means viewers will have to accept Hemsworth’s portrayal for the saga’s final chapters, regardless of their initial reactions.

The transition from Cavill to Hemsworth is a critical juncture for The Witcher. As the series approaches its conclusion, the stakes are high to maintain the gritty allure that has captivated a global audience. The success of this transition will hinge on Hemsworth’s ability to capture the essence of Geralt of Rivia — an essence that, for now, remains elusive in the snippets revealed by Netflix.

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Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

Whether this latest adaptation of Geralt can truly resonate with fans and honour the source material as Cavill did remains a significant uncertainty. The series, once buoyed by Cavill’s performance, now faces the ultimate test: can it maintain its magic with a new Witcher at the helm?