The Witcher season 3 will be a 'heroic sendoff' for Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill in The Witcher
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The Witcher season 3 (opens in new tab) will be Henry Cavill's last hurrah on the show, and that makes us sad. But at least he'll be going out in style, according to showrunner Lauren Hissrich, who told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) that the upcoming season will give him an appropriately "heroic sendoff."

"Henry has given so much to the show and so we want to honor that appropriately," Hissrich said. The third season wasn't written specifically as a farewell to Cavill, but Hissrich said the material the season is based on—Time of Contempt (opens in new tab), author Andrzej Sapkowski's second full novel and fourth Witcher book—is kind of a natural fit for the task.

"What is so interesting is that season three, to me, is the closest thing that we've done as a one-to-one adaptation of the books," Hissrich said. "Obviously, we can't do every page, but Time of Contempt gave us so many big action events, plot points, defining character moments, huge reveals of a big bad. There's so much to do that we were able to stick really, really closely with the books.

"Geralt's big turn is about giving up neutrality and doing anything that he has to do to get to Ciri. And to me, it's the most heroic sendoff that we could have, even though it wasn't written to be that. Geralt has a new mission in mind when we come back to him in season 4. He's a slightly different Geralt than we expected. Now, by the way, that's an understatement."

Cavill announced in early November that he was leaving The Witcher after the third season, to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth (opens in new tab), brother to Thor actor Chris. With all due respect to Liam, the news made pretty much everyone sad, including us (opens in new tab). Cavill's departure was widely assumed to be connected to his understandable pursuit of the Superman role in movies, which he announced he was returning to (opens in new tab) in October. 

But then he got hosed: After a cameo appearance at the end of Black Adam, new DC movie boss James Gunn decided he wanted to start afresh, and Henry—and virtually everyone else involved with the previous films—was out (opens in new tab).

Some fans naturally hoped that losing the Superman gig would open the door to Cavill's return as Geralt, but Hissrich said that hasn't even been considered at this point. "We have plans to keep this going in various permutations," she said. "I love the mothership, I'm going to stick to it, but obviously we have Blood Origin coming out. I hope that this doesn't end for a while. So I think the possibilities are endless, and we'll see what happens."

The good news for Cavill is that even with The Witcher and Superman off his plate, he's still got lots to keep him busy: Amazon and Games Workshop announced last week that he's been tapped to produce and star in, as news writer Mollie Taylor put it, "a whole-ass cinematic universe" based on Warhammer 40,000 (opens in new tab). He's a well-known fan of the series, to the extent that Creative Assembly added him to Total War: Warhammer 2 (opens in new tab) in the 2020 DLC The Warden and The Paunch.

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.