The Witcher on Netflix will end after season 5: 'We're thrilled to be able to bring Andrzej Sapkowski's books to an epic and satisfying conclusion'

The Witcher season 4 promo image - Anya Chalotra, Liam Hemsworth, and Joey Batey in a season 4 script reading session
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Geralt's adventures on Netflix are finally coming to an end: The network announced today that it has given the green light to a "fifth and final season" of The Witcher, which will be filmed back-to-back with season 4.

"It is with huge pride that we begin shooting our penultimate season of The Witcher with a stellar cast, including some exciting new additions, led by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia," showrunner Lauren Hissrich said

"We're thrilled to be able to bring Andrzej Sapkowski's books to an epic and satisfying conclusion. It wouldn’t be our show if we didn't push our family of characters to their absolute limit—stay tuned to see how the story ends."

Seasons 4 and 5 of The Witcher on Netflix will cover Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow, and The Lady of the Lake, the final (for now, at least) three novels in Sapkowski's Witcher saga, which means Geralt and the gang won't be shown the door with their original adventures incomplete.

The final two seasons will also see Liam Hemsworth stepping into the role of Geralt in place of original series star Henry Cavill, who left to do other things—Superman, which ultimately didn't fly, and then Warhammer 40,000—at the end of season 3.

The Witcher is bulking up for its big finish, with new additions to the cast including Laurence Fishburne as Regis, Danny Woodburn as Zoltan, Sharlto Copley as Leo Bonhart, and James Purefoy as Skellen. 

There's no indication as to when seasons 4 and 5 might be aired, but it's a good bet we've got some waiting to do: With production on season 4 just getting underway now, I wouldn't expect to be out until early 2025—season 3 finished filming in September 2022 but didn't release until June 2023—and if all goes well in the back-to-back shooting schedule (and Netflix doesn't opt to split season 4 into two pieces like it did with the third season) season 5 might follow late in the same year. If I was a betting man, though, I'd put my nickel on early to mid-2026.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.