The Witcher executive producers Steve Gaub and Tomek Baginski have teased how the show will replace its lead character, Geralt of Rivia.
As most fans would know, Geralt of Rivia is currently being played by Henry Cavill for three seasons and his departure from the popular Netflix series lead to a recast. Come season 4 of The Witcher, Liam Hemsworth will be assuming the role of Geralt – but how will the producers explain the sudden change? Simple: by using the metaverse.
Speaking to Yahoo News, the producers said the transition will be “flawless” and pull on deep meta ideas from the original book series from Andrzej Sapkowski.
“We have a very, very good plan to introduce our new Geralt and our new vision for Geralt with Liam,” said Baginski. “Not going deeply into those ideas because this will be a huge spoiler, it’s also very, very close to the meta ideas which are deeply embedded in the books, especially in book five.”
He continued, “It’s very lore accurate. It’s very close to what was set out in the books and I think this change will be quite flawless. But at the same time it will be a new Geralt, it will be a new face for this character and I think it will also be very, very exciting to see.”
How “lore accurate” the transition would be remains to be seen. The Netflix series has taken some liberties with the source material, and there’s a high chance that it will be the same when Hemsworth takes over.
In The Witcher season 3, Geralt and Yennefer fight to keep Ciri safe as war brews on the Continent. In addition to Cavill as Geralt, the upcoming season stars Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries, Mimî M. Khayisa as Fringilla Vigo, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Mbomio as Dara and Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz of Roggeveen.
The Witcher season 3 will be released as two volumes. It will premiere on Netflix on 29 June and 27 July respectively.