Henry Cavill’s final appearance as Geralt of Rivia will be in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s The Witcher series, which debuts on the streaming service on June 29th as the first of two parts or “Volumes”. Season 3 “Volume 2” debuts later this summer on July 27th. Season 3 will consist of eight additional episodes, presumably dividing them equally across both release volumes.
Henry Cavill is among only a few things about The Witcher that fans praised (the other being Joey Batey as Jaskier), and his departure shocked fans worldwide. Word of mouth got around that Cavill was doing everything in his power to keep the production process and story as close to the source material as possible.
Cavill famously said that he would stay with the series as long as Netflix stayed true to the source material, to which showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has treated with reckless and careless abandon. When Cavill announced that Liam Hemsworth was taking over the role of Geralt in the show’s fourth season, we then knew why he was leaving.
Netflix’s The Witcher has garnered a massive fanbase not necessarily for its quality storytelling, but for Cavill’s performance and dedication he brought to the show. With him gone, it will be interesting to see what happens in viewership in season 4 as many have vowed to boycott the upcoming third season in solidarity for how Cavill and the source material have been treated.
Regardless, we support Cavill’s decision and will probably tune in for season 3. However, season 4 will be one we are happy to skip out on without regret.