The Witcher voice actor is 'really sad' about Henry Cavill's Netflix departure

The Witcher TV series - Geralt scowls, in full realization of his intrinsic character.
(Image credit: Netflix)

Turns out we're not the only ones sad to see Henry Cavill leaving Netflix's The Witcher after season 3. Geralt's videogame counterpart is pretty damn gutted, too.

Doug Cockle appeared on Eurogamer's One-to-One podcast, chatting about his storied voice-acting career and all things The Witcher. Talks eventually turned to what he thought about Cavill departing the show, with Liam Hemsworth set to take his place.

"Well I think it's really sad, and there's a lot of people speculating on the reasons why he's decided to leave," Cockle said. "But for whatever the reason is, I think it's sad because I think Henry… I think he did a fabulous job as Geralt of Rivia." He also said that Cavill invited him to the premiere of the first series, saying that he "never knew what to expect" until he saw his performance. 

Cockle also revealed that he had a brief chat with Cavill about Geralt at the premiere, saying they "spent an hour or two chatting about The Witcher world and being Geralt of Rivia." Cockle says that, unfortunately, he has "little memory" of the conversation between the two. "I remember bits and snatches of the conversation but I think I was quite nervous … it was at the premiere afterparty and the vast majority of people there were people involved in the production so they knew each other. It was lovely to be there, absolutely lovely to be there and celebrate, especially seeing what they produced."

Doug Cockle

(Image credit: Doug Cockle)

Regardless, from what Cockle can remember both he and Cavill shared similar feelings about their white-haired monster hunter. "I do remember we talked about Superman, we talked about Geralt and the Witcher. We had some similar thoughts about Geralt. If I remember correctly he felt the same way I do about him not being an emotionless being, and I think we can see that in his performance."

Though Cockle's saddened by Cavill's departure, he said he's excited to see what Hemsworth brings to the role. "I'm sad to see him go. I wish Liam Hemsworth the very best of fortunes with it," he said. "I am excited to see what he does with it. But I am sad to see Henry go, because Henry, I felt he did a fabulous job."

Cockle joked that Hemsworth was stepping into "Geralt of Rivia-sized shoes. Henry Cavill-sized shoes," adding: "Henry really, really embodied the role of Geralt in a wonderful way. So yeah, I don't envy Liam."

Let's hope this is the only Geralt role change we'll have to deal with for now. Cockle also said nobody's spoken to him about the upcoming Witcher remake yet, and I'm not sure we can collectively handle yet another Geralt switcheroo.

Mollie Taylor
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Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.