It has been three months since The Witcher Season 3 starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan dropped on Netflix. Despite being renewed for Season 4 way back in October of 2022, news on the upcoming season that will debut Liam Hemsworth’s Geralt of Rivia have been scarce. Here we put together everything we know so far about The Witcher Season 4.
Production status of The Witcher Season 4 (and 5)
Back in September 2022, we reported that Netflix had plans to produce The Witcher Season 4 and Season 5 back-to-back with filming to start in June 2023 and lasting until May 2024. The dual WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes, however, delayed the plans with the SAG strike still ongoing.
Season 4 currently in very light pre-production as work on sets, storyboards and location scouting has already begun at Longcross Studios, although it’s not yet in full-scale pre-production mode.
Filming for The Witcher Season 4 is still expected to start sometime in the first half of 2024. Assuming a Q1 2024 start of filming at the earliest, we can expect Season 4 to be released sometime in 2025.
Although Netflix has not officially confirmed season 5, the plan to film season 4 and season 5 back-to-back seems to be still on. We will definitely learn more about it in the coming months.
Story and cast overview of The Witcher Season 4
Lead stars Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey will return along with the plot of Season 4 being divided into three main groups: Geralt with his Hansa, Yennefer and the Lodge of Sorceresses and Ciri with the Rats.
The biggest new addition to the cast of Season 4 is of course Liam Hemsworth who will step into Henry Cavill’s shoes as Geralt. Liam is already a known name in Hollywood for his roles in The Hunger Games and The Expendables.
Geralt in his quest to find Ciri is joined by Joey Batey‘s Jaskier and Meng’er Zhang‘s Milva with Eamon Farren‘s Cahir joining them later on. To complete Geralt’s Hansa, Season 4 will also see the casting of the fan-favorite characters Regis, Zoltan, and Angoulême.
Meanwhile, Freya Allan‘s Ciri is in Nilfgaard and has joined the Rats under the false name “Falka”. This gang of teenage criminals consists of Giselher, Mistle, Kayleigh, Iskra, Reef, and Asse, played by Ben Radcliffe, Christelle Elwin, Fabian McCallum, Aggy K. Adams, Juliette Alexandra, and Connor Crawford, respectively.
This brings us to the other big name we’ll see in Season 4. South African actor Sharlto Copley will play the much-feared antagonist Leo Bonhart. We’ll see both the Rats and Leo Bonhart in a live-action prequel under the working title The Rats, which has finished filming months ago and is currently in post-production.
Yennefer’s story in The Witcher Season 3 concluded with her forming the Lodge of Sorceresses and this is what the focus of her arc is expected to be in Season 4. The founding Lodge members as of Season 3 include Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer, Anna Shaffer‘s Triss, Rochelle Rose‘s Margarita, Therica Wilson-Read‘s Sabrina and Safiyya Ingar‘s Keira.
Cassie Clare‘s Philippa, Mecia Simson‘s Francesca and Mimi Khayisa‘s Fringilla are expected join the Lodge as well at a later point with Philippa potentially taking over as the leader since it was her who formed and led the Lodge in the books. Season 4 also may or may not introduce three more Lodge members: Sheala de Tancarville, Assire var Anahid and Ida Emean.
Apart from this, Season 4 will also see plenty of politics at play involving Redania and Nilfgaard as well as whatever Francesca and Fringilla do before joining the Lodge and not to forget Mahesh Jadu‘s Vilgefortz, who will likely be in his full villain mode from now on and has Royce Pierreson‘s Istredd as his captive.
We expect to see Graham McTavish‘s Dijkstra, Hugh Skinner‘s Radovid, Bart Edwards‘ Emhyr and Frances Pooley‘s False Ciri return in The Witcher Season 4 with hopes of Emhyr finally getting more entourage like Stefan Skellen and Vattier de Rideaux. Finally, a likely return may be Samuel Blenkin‘s Avallac’h who would reprise his role from The Witcher: Blood Origin when he and Geralt cross paths.
The writers room of The Witcher Season 4
Season 4 sees the return of familiar faces in the writers room as the team writing the new season is identical to Season 3. They are showrunner Lauren Hissrich (episodes 101, 108, 209, 208), Mike Ostrowski (107, 207, 301, 308), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (306), Haily Hall (106, 205, 303, The Rats), Tania Lotia (302, Blood Origin), Matthew D’Ambrosio (206, 307), Clare Higgins (203, 305), Rae Benjamin (304), Troy Dangerfield (308).
Writing for Season 4 started all the way back in Fall 2022 with work being halted in May 2023 due to the WGA strike. The writers room reopened last week after the strike ended to continue the work on Season 4.
This will be followed by a short break and the room will gather again soon after to write Season 5, which has already been mapped out together with Season 4.
Apart from the writers, Season 4 will see familiar faces in the other departments too. Costume designer Lucinda Wright, whose designs have been divisive among the fans, will return for Season 4, as will producers Tomek Baginski, Steve Gaub, Tera Vale Ragan, and production designer Andrew Laws.
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.