Season 3 of The Witcher will not be filmed anytime soon, according to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
The Witcher season 2 press junket that the third installment of the Netflix fantasy show is still in the early stages of development.
Hissrich admitted that the writing team had only recently completed work on the scripts and that the “creative process was only just beginning” as a result. She did, however, tease fans about what to expect when The Witcher season 3 arrives, though Hissrich declined to say when principal photography might begin.
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“Actually, this is our last week in the writers’ room,” Hissrich explained. “We’re almost done with the scripting phase, and it’s incredible. I’m really excited about how the season is shaping up because it’s based on my favorite book in the saga, The Time of Contempt.
“I feel like seasons 1 and 2 have been laying the groundwork for everything monumental that’s about to happen,” she added. “However, the creative process is only just getting started.” We have the scripts, and now we’ll bring in directors and actors to really start delving in deeper and reflecting back to make sure it’s the perfect season.”
The Witcher season 2 will finally be released on Netflix on Friday, December 17 – ending fans’ two-year wait for the next installment in the streamer’s popular TV adaptation.
We already knew season 3 was on the way after Netflix greenlit the show’s next installment in September 2021.
Hissrich, Netflix, and the rest of the cast and crew had hoped to have it on fans’ screens sooner. However, due to the ongoing pandemic and an injury sustained on set by star Henry Cavill, filming on season 2 was delayed until principal photography and the series’ extensive post-production phases were completed. So we’re hoping that season 3 won’t be delayed for another two years.
Despite this, fans of the TV show will not be without Witcher content between seasons 2 and 3. The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-part miniseries, is set to premiere on Netflix in 2022 – and Hissrich has already revealed why fans will be “surprised” by the prequel show. Other projects in Netflix’s Witcher-Verse are also in the works, including a family-friendly TV series, which was announced at Netflix’s Tulum event in September 2021.
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Meanwhile, Henry Cavill, who plays Geralt of Rivia, has hinted at his involvement in Amazon Studios’ Mass Effect TV show. If it is confirmed that the Man of Steel and Enola Holmes actor will be a part of that series’ cast, it may be an even longer wait for The Witcher season 3 if he has a scheduling conflict.