The new season of Netflix’s The Witcher that will see Liam Hemsworth replace Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia has been in the works for quite some time now, but the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes paused that process for months a few months this year. With the WGA strike finally over, writing can resume once again.
The Witcher ready to resume writing
Now that WGA and the studios have reached a deal over a week ago, writing is set to resume very soon on The Witcher Season 4, finishing and polishing the scripts. As soon as that’s done, writing is to begin on Season 5.
UPDATE: Thanedd coup writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach tweeted on October 13th that they’re finally back to writing The Witcher.
As we reported over a year ago, Season 4 and Season 5 were planned to be produced back-to-back, and that’s still the case, the strikes haven’t changed that. What the strikes have changed is the schedule.
Pre-strike, filming for Season 4 would have started in September 2023, but now the plan is to start the cameras rolling in the first half of 2024. The plan is, as previously mentioned, to film Season 4, have a pause, then go straight into filming Season 5.
Will Season 5 be the last season of The Witcher?
There’s no official confirmation for this yet, but we’ve been hearing recently that yes, Season 5 is very likely the final season of The Witcher on Netflix.
This means that The Witcher is likely to base the roadmap for its final two seasons on three Andrzej Sapkowski’s books: Baptism of Fire, Tower of the Swallow and Lady of the Lake with a dose of original material.
Based on its approximate production start, there is no way Season 4 can be delivered to Netflix in 2024, which leaves a 2025 release. Season 5, in turn, could be released in 2026, but it’s too early to talk of any release dates anyway.
Andrzej Sapkowski’s new Witcher book has a planned Winter 2024/2025 release with The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep anime set for a late 2024 release as well. Stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence and do pop into our Discord server to join in on The Witcher conversation.