Writing begins for The Witcher Season 3!


We have approximately six months until the release of The Witcher‘s second season on Netflix, and while we’re excited to meet our favorites again, we’re also excited to be looking into the future of the show. The future being the third season. While Netflix hasn’t officially announced The Witcher‘s renewal yet, it’s only just a matter of time as the work on it is already beginning.

We’ve heard from our sources that writing for Season 3 of The Witcher has finally begun very recently, despite the lack of an official announcement.

Declan de Barra, writer of The Witcher and showrunner of Blood Origin

So when will Season 3 begin filming then? Well, this is a little complicated. Henry Cavill is key here and his schedule is the solution.

In August 2021 he starts his new film called Argylle with a big stellar cast, then he will move on to Enola Holmes 2 where he plays a slightly smaller role which he may complete quicker. Neither project, though, will interfere with any Season 3 plans as the Witcher crew will be busy with The Witcher: Blood Origin from August to November/December 2021.

After that we’re only reliant on a sentence seen in the Deadline announcement of another one of the upcoming Henry Cavill projects, The Rosie Project. Deadline claimed this was expected to shoot at the beginning of 2022. On the other hand things might change and The Rosie Project might get pushed back until after Henry is done with Season 3.

On our own side, we’ve heard that they are very eager to get Season 3 underway as soon as it is possible with as few delays as they can permit.

Either way, by our estimates, we’re looking at a Q1/Q2 2022 production start for Season 3 of The Witcher. And a release inevitably in 2023 at this rate.

Looks like we’ll be getting new Witcher content for a few years still! As Nightmare of the Wolf, filming of Blood Origin and the release of Season 2 approach, we’re excited for more. Stay tuned!

10 comments on “Writing begins for The Witcher Season 3!”

  1. Daro and Eels take 3, here we go

    but honestly let us pray there is season 3, for Henry and Jaskier guy and Djikstra

  2. Judging from season 1, the writing so far has been a problem. Recently I finished the books and I must say I am really taken aback by how it could have happened that the show left out the first encounter of Ciri and Geralt in the Broklion forest. The whole “destiny” theme builds on that backstory, and the allusions made by Eithne on that occasion. I wonder if it will be included in season 2 as a kind of flashback, but that would be very much out of timeline. I also wonder if the writers and showrunners really have read all of the books, or if they have just read summaries like on Wikipedia, and are more interested in putting their own spin on the stories rather than trying to be true to the books.

    1. Glad to see many people noticing this. The Netflix adaptation is really a very poor work. The showrunner is not even a fantasy novel fan and has no experience on this kind of narrative. I see a lot of raccord fails as well. I kinda feel that they just “bought” the story and perverted it without knowledge. we all saw the effort of LOTR movies and GOT (not the last season) on being true to the story and making it awesome. I was really hyped because The Witcher is my favourite saga since I was young (I even tried to saw the polish movie and series, don’t do it…). I’ll keep watching it, for the lore and stuff, but I feel kinda disappointed. 😦

      1. I agree here. But I think that the Polish movie, for all its flaws, got the basic elements of Sapkowski’s narrative, and much of its message if you will, quite right. That is not so with the Netflix show. Any adaptation of novels for the movie format may be true to the writings, or not so true, depending how much into the detail you wish to go with what you understand by “true”. But the core of the idea of the narrative and the constellation of characters should be present. The Netflix show fails at that in several respects, not just by omitting Geralt’s and Ciri’s first meeting in Broklion. There are some YouTube videos available in which the failures at adaptation of the Netflix show are well explained, and very consistently over several such videos by different commentators, so that there seems to be really a problem with the Netflix show when it comes to presenting some crucial elements of the story line of the novels.

  3. The writing of Season 1 has been a complete mess. It is not only that key plot points have been omitted, poorly presented or contorted. Much worse is the complete nonsense they have invented in addition to what is in the books. The basin of eels in Aretuza. It makes no sense at all and is
    an entire misunderstanding of Aretuza. The story of the Doppler taking Moussack’s appearance and showing up in Broklion. Even worse, he is not given the Broklion water to drink which would have revealed his intentions and identity. That is a massive inconsistency within the newly invented parts and I think that has been very, very poor writing. If it gets to such a level, one can basically do just anything, it just doesn’t matter. Like the contortion of Fringilla’s role. Most critics have addressed the poor presentation of Season 1. I wonder for how long the audience will give the series credit when confronted with so terrible, absolutely nonsensical writing. Even in its worst moments, GoT was still far better in terms of writing than TW on NF.

  4. I think that omitting the meeting of Ciri and Geralt in Broklion was mainly for the reasons of saving time, effort and money. Netflix tries to keep production costs slim, and Henry Cavill had already scooped a lot of it in S1. They would have had to cast a girl at the age of 10 who looks like a younger Freya Allen and with some acting talent. Not impossible but then, not very easy. They would have had to put far more care into the portrayal of the Dryads and cast a more convincing Eithne. They would have had to explain more of Ciri’s backstory at an earlier stage. Inconvenient for the writing. I guess that this very regrettable omission which really makes the show much weaker than the original story in the books is mainly due to Netflix’ being unwilling to invest the means it takes to make a really good show. After all, they produce for profit. Top quality is not their main goal as such. Which, I believe, puts the writers and showrunners occasionally in an awkward situation. On the other hand, I also think the writers should stay away from inventing things that are not in the books and are not in line with the story as told in the books. Some resources could have been used for the better. I still struggle to understand what the botched swordfight between Cahir and Vilgefortz was supposed to mean. It was outright idiotic. A screentime waster, completely out of line with what is in the books, and an example for wasted resources.

  5. If rumors are true that Henry Cavill takes home by far the biggest actor paycheck in the series that would explain why many of the other roles have not been cast with better known or more senior actors. In my view the role of Yennefer should have been given to a more senior actress. Anya Chalotra is a very talented actress and she is doing as much as can be done to bridge the age gap but after all, being in the first half of her twenties, she does not come across as the sophisticated, powerful and fascinating mage of the books. An established actress in the age range between mid thirties to beginning forties should have been cast but that would have been more expensive. The writing does certainly not profit from the casting constraints caused by Henry Cavill taking out a large portion of the actors pay. With limitations on the casting choices certain scenes just cannot be acted credibly.

    1. That doesn’t make any sense. Anya Chalotra was already cast in the role of Yennefer before Henry Cavill was cast as Geralt. Anya was the very first person they cast. So Henry’s eventual compensation had nothing to do with them choosing a younger, less experienced actress for the role of Yennefer.

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