We've still got a long wait ahead of us, but excitement is ramping up for The Witcher season 4.
Huge changes are afoot for the next season of Netflix's fantasy show - Henry Cavill has donned the white wig for the last time, with Liam Hemsworth taking over as Geralt of Rivia alongside returning stars Anya Chalotra (Yennefer of Vengerberg), Freya Allan (Ciri) and Joey Batey (Jaskier).
Plus, we've got new characters to be excited for, with The Matrix and John Wick star Laurence Fishburne joining the cast as Regis!
While details had previously been thin on the ground, Ciri actress Allan has provided a very welcome update, confirming she's seen a script.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, she said: "I'm honestly just intrigued how they're going to translate that story from the books because it's... for Ciri's journey, it's a very pivotal moment in her storyline, and takes quite a dark turn."
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Here's everything you need to know about The Witcher season 4.
The Witcher season 4 release date speculation
We're not expecting season 4 of The Witcher any earlier than summer 2025.
Filming is reportedly expected to start in March 2024, with Allan confirming that the cast are in the process of starting to see scripts.
The series was affected by the WGA strike last year. As soon as we know anything further about a potential or confirmed release date, we'll update this page.
The Witcher season 4 cast: Who is returning?
We're expecting the following stars to appear in The Witcher season 4:
- Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia
- Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
- Freya Allan as Ciri
- Joey Batey as Jaskier
- Bart Edwards as Emhyr/The White Flame
- Frances Pooley as Teryn
- Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz
- Royce Pierreson as Istredd
- Mecia Simson as Francesca
- Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla
- Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina
- Anna Shaffer as Triss
- Hugh Skinner as Radovid
- Graham McTavish as Dijkstra
- Cassie Clare as Philippa
- Wilson Mbomio as Dara
As previously mentioned, Henry Cavill will not appear in The Witcher season 4, after shocking fans and the entertainment industry with his decision to step down from the role of Geralt.
Instead, Liam Hemsworth will lead the cast in what is arguably his most high-profile gig since The Hunger Games franchise wrapped up in 2015. Fans are divided on the choice, but could be persuaded once they see him in action.
He said: "Lauren [Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner] and her team – and there are a few really good writers returning to the writers' room for season 4 - I think they cobbled together a really nice opening which is really true to the books.
"This is a very little thing that I will tease – people who know the books really deeply also know that this is not a typical fantasy book. It's not just one world. It's not just one story happening in those books, in those stories."
Also chatting to RadioTimes.com, cast members Anya Chalotra and Joey Batey revealed that Hemsworth had been in "training" as he prepared for filming.
Chalotra said: "Yeah we have, we've checked in."
Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier, added about his preparation: "Lots of emails! But to be honest, I think he’s just using this time before we shoot to train and to study all the books and throw himself into this.
"No one can ask anything more than just complete committal to this role, and that’s what he’s doing. We’re all really excited."
He's not the only new face on the scene, either.
The Matrix star Laurence Fishburne has joined the cast as Regis. Regis, introduced in Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel Baptism of Fire, is a world-wise barber-surgeon with a mysterious past, who joins Geralt on his journey in season 4.
Fishburne said of his new role: "I’m very excited to be joining the cast and look forward to exploring the wondrous world of The Witcher."
There will be plenty of other familiar faces returning, with Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra reprising their respective roles of Princess Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg, as well as Joey Batey returning to the role of Jaskier.
We're also expecting Duny/The White Flame to play a bigger role after that complete cliffhanger at the end of the latest instalment.
However, some fan favourites are unlikely to return - particularly MyAnna Buring, after Tissaia de Vries tragically met her demise in season 3.
Throughout the show, Tissaia had become a mother figure to Yennefer and the rest of the sorceresses - but after one too many heartbreaks, season 3 saw her decide that the only option was to take her own life.
Getting emotional as she explained Tissaia's reasoning, Buring told RadioTimes.com: "She feels utterly responsible for the death of so many, and she ultimately can't live with herself.
"I think that amount of pain feels unbearable and, for so long having felt that she could be a crucial help to the kingdoms and to Aretuza and to the future of Chaos, she suddenly realises within herself that she is no help at all.
"And I think that's why the end is the only possibility for her. She's not in the future. The others are. And it leaves this incredible gang."
Also not expected to return is Vizimir (Ed Birch), who was killed off in the season 3 finale as part of a plot to place his brother Radovid (Hugh Skinner) on the throne.
Meanwhile, season 3 proved tragic for Francesca, who not only lost her newborn baby, but her brother Gage (Kaine Zajaz) and her husband Filavandrel (Tom Canton). We're not expecting to see these characters back - but their losses will almost certainly have a huge impact on Francesca's story in season 4.
The Witcher season 4 plot theories
Season 4 of The Witcher will adapt Andrzej Sapkowski's novel Baptism of Fire.
We last saw our heroes torn apart across the Continent, and the next book in the series shows them having to embrace their own groups of misfits in order to find their way back to each other.
A synopsis from Netflix reads: "After the shocking, Continent-altering events that close out season three, the new season follows Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, who are faced with traversing the war-ravaged Continent and its many demons apart from each other.
"If they can embrace and lead the groups of misfits they find themselves in, they have a chance of surviving the baptism of fire — and finding one another again."
As Allan explained, it looks like Ciri's journey is about to get a lot darker.
The new season could also include a much-anticipated development – at least according to star Joey Batey.
"There's a thing called the hanza, which I'm looking forward to exploring. It's a bit of a fan favourite moment, I think," he told Metro, referring to a team assembled by Geralt to rescue Ciri.
Other plot details are being kept under wraps, but we're excited to see what else the season will have to offer!
While the series is based on the books by Sapkowski, he recently suggested that his ideas haven't been taken on board as much as he would like.
In an interview with YouTube channel Cerealkillerz (via Variety) at Vienna Comic Con, the Witcher creator revealed he visited the set and gave his input for the show, but said that none of his ideas were used.
"The set was tremendous. Tremendous… I gave them some ideas, but they never listened to me," Sapkowski said, as he laughed. "It's normal. 'Who's this? It's a writer. It's nobody.'"
However, Sapkowski admitted that this wasn't an unusual thing for him. The author has written a number of books which have been adapted, including into a video game series.
Is there a trailer for The Witcher season 4?
Not yet! We'll update this page when one arrives.