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The Witcher renewed at Netflix for Season 4 without Henry Cavill

Liam Hemsworth has been named the new Geralt of Rivia.

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The Witcher continues to draw in viewers at Netflix and still has room for new adventures. The streaming company has renewed the series for a fourth season, but lead character Geralt of Rivia is about to undergo a major chance. Along with the renewal announcement came a message that star Henry Cavill would not return as Geralt, instead passing the mantle on to Liam Hemsworth.

Here's the message from Netflix:

While The Witcher Season 3 hasn’t debuted yet, it has already been renewed for a fourth season — but there’s a change coming. In Season 4, Liam Hemsworth will step in as the titular monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, the role Henry Cavill originated in the first three seasons. The two actors shared the exciting news on social media Saturday afternoon.

“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4,” said Cavill in a statement. “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. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”

Hemsworth is thrilled about this new adventure. “As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” he said in a statement. “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.”

The Witcher Season 3 poster

Source: Netflix

The Witcher, based on both the Andrzej Sapkowski book series and the video game series from CD Projekt RED, first premiered on Netflix in December 2019. The show is currently between seasons, though Netflix recently announced a Summer 2023 airing for the show's third season, while prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin is set to arrive on December 25 of this year.

However, much of The Witcher's positive reception came from Cavill's portrayal of Geralt and it's difficult to imagine the show moving forward without him. Liam Hemsworth's credits include the Hunger Games franchise, The Last Song, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

There's a lot of time between now and Season 4, so let this Witcher news sink in for a while. We'll be sure to follow this story, as well as any other breaking news from Netflix and its lineup of game-related shows and movies.

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From The Chatty
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    October 29, 2022 12:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, The Witcher renewed at Netflix for Season 4 without Henry Cavill

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      October 29, 2022 12:33 PM

      More like the Switcher :/

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      October 29, 2022 12:40 PM

      Better kill off Geralt then.

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      October 29, 2022 12:40 PM

      Fuck

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      October 29, 2022 12:41 PM

      The start of S4 should show someone modding the show like the game to change his skin.

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      October 29, 2022 12:41 PM

      I figured Cavill wasn’t actually interested in doin g this for any real length of time. What the fuck.

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        October 29, 2022 12:44 PM

        he back to supa man.

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          October 29, 2022 12:45 PM

          Excuse me what

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            October 29, 2022 12:52 PM

            he back to supa man.

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              October 29, 2022 12:53 PM

              I liked him, but I kinda hated the DCEU take on asshole superman. Hopefully they change it up.

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                October 29, 2022 1:00 PM

                James Gunn is now in charge of DC films. So provided they actually let Gunn do his thing I would expect a return to the hopeful Superman and not the indifferent Superman of the current DCEU.

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                  October 29, 2022 1:28 PM

                  I’d also like to see Gunn’s take on Affleck Batman honestly. One thing Gunn gets that Snyder didn’t is that comic movies should be fun.

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                October 29, 2022 1:24 PM

                Cavill said something recently about wanting to do a hopefully, happy Superman and I think that is what they will do

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                  October 29, 2022 1:44 PM

                  I hope it is the injustice storyline.

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                    October 29, 2022 5:41 PM

                    Me too, that’s a happy Superman for sure

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                October 29, 2022 1:38 PM

                They seem to be, but we'll see.

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        October 29, 2022 1:23 PM

        He's been very critical of the changes to the stories and characters that they've been making. He's probably tired of being the only fan in the production.

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        October 29, 2022 1:47 PM

        It mainly exists because of him, so I'd assume either he has a disagreement about direction, or feels it has run its course.

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          October 29, 2022 1:59 PM

          Maybe just too many other projects on his plate for another multi-season agreement to feel smart?

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      October 29, 2022 12:44 PM

      Netflix can get FUCKED! I would prefer they wrap up Geralt's storyline and have other witcher shows without him than replacing him.

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      October 29, 2022 12:44 PM

      Excuse me what

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      October 29, 2022 12:56 PM

      Yeah as someone who has watched both seasons twice now, I can’t imagine watching it without Cavill. Besides the fact that he just does an incredible job, it’s just cool to know that he’s a gamer who builds his own PCs and probably jumped at the chance to be a badass character from one of the games (and books of course)

      So, unless they change course as far as I’m concerned this show ends with S3. Which is fine.

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      October 29, 2022 12:57 PM

      But we get Thor's brother as his replacement! see? see? Bueller?

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      October 29, 2022 1:17 PM

      How??? The Witcher minus the Witcher.

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      October 29, 2022 1:35 PM

      Ummm.... Yeaaaaa

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      October 29, 2022 1:38 PM

      Fuck. :|

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        October 29, 2022 1:59 PM

        I loved the games but couldn't get into the TV show. I find interactive media turned into non-interactive media always a challenge. I feel like...bored or not interested in it because I'm just sitting there without using any motor skills at all.

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          October 29, 2022 6:31 PM

          It was non-interactive media first.

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            October 29, 2022 8:13 PM

            Funny cause prose seems interactive to me. The story is driven but your head movies fill in the blanks

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              October 29, 2022 10:54 PM

              That's certainly a fair argument. It just seems like some people forget they were books before they were games.

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        October 29, 2022 3:56 PM

        Oh dear God no

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        October 29, 2022 4:06 PM

        My boycott starts now.

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        October 29, 2022 4:14 PM

        My friends in the know say execs wanted to stray from source material and 'hollywood it' and Cavill was like "I'm out"

        If so, good.

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          October 29, 2022 4:32 PM

          It's been in the entertainment news that none of the writers even liked the source material.

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        October 29, 2022 4:15 PM

        I was having a great Saturday until you ruined it!!

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        October 29, 2022 4:16 PM

        If there is a God they're recast the role with Steve Buscemi.

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          October 29, 2022 5:49 PM

          How do you do fellow Witchers.

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        October 29, 2022 5:47 PM

        Mods???

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      October 29, 2022 1:59 PM

      Just cancel the show or do some spin-off with Ciri. Replacing Geralt is ridiculous.

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        October 29, 2022 2:29 PM

        I don't know how it survives after this. Cavill has basically carried that show for three years.

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      October 29, 2022 2:30 PM

      huh whaaaaat?

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      October 29, 2022 2:56 PM

      I did like the story lines and wish someone would explore more European folk tales in a monster hunter type show.

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      October 29, 2022 4:05 PM

      kind of a bummer they don't let Cavill "Exit" with Geralt and just have a different Witcher step up instead of recasting, but whatever

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        October 29, 2022 4:24 PM

        Note: Geralt died on the way back to his home planet

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      October 29, 2022 4:57 PM

      This is an insane recasting. Just make him a different Witcher

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        October 29, 2022 7:45 PM

        "We call him the Whicher"

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        October 29, 2022 8:03 PM

        What the heck?!

        I hadn't had a chance to read the articles, I enjoy the series but that recasting makes no sense.

        Just shut it down, Clay Netflix!

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        October 29, 2022 10:12 PM

        Yeah but they got budget Thor

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          October 30, 2022 4:19 AM

          Oh, wow. This whole time I was thinking it was actually Chris. His brother being the replacement makes this even WORSE.

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        October 29, 2022 11:26 PM

        Everyone loves the king of the freaks
        Ever so kind and gentle is he
        Tricks he will do when children appear
        And how they run when he's near

        They call him Witcher, Witcher, faster than lightning
        No one, you see, is smarter than he
        And we know Witcher lives in a world full of wonder
        Flying thereunder, with all the freaks

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      October 29, 2022 5:46 PM

      1st season was cool, second already showed classic Netflix issues - a cheaper feel, shittier writing. He is ejecting from this crash, good for him.

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      October 29, 2022 7:11 PM

      As someone who loved the games (all three!), the first season of the show was just OK for me. And I didn't bother with the rest yet. Should I?

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      October 29, 2022 7:16 PM

      That's...unfortunate.

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      October 29, 2022 9:55 PM

      I think what's happening here is Cavill has them putting him back in as Superman and he doesn't want to do a TV show any more when he's got actual movies to do.

      Notice they're casting Niam Hemsworth, not Chris. So, someone not doing big time movies.

      The only streaming service these days that can get AAA stars to do TV shows is Disney+ and that's mostly because they're taking Star Wars and Marvel movies and chopping them up into episodes.

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