Henry Cavill returns as Geralt of Rivia for one last bout of monster slaying. In the debut teaser trailer for The Witcher Season 3, Netflix gives us a peek at all the action and adventure that abounds for Cavill’s White Wolf. Season 3 will also mark the last time we’ll get to see Cavill as Geralt before Liam Hemsworth takes over the role in future seasons.
Besides the usual monster hunting, the third season is set to explore a previously unseen side of Geralt, showing us our hero finally “reckoning with his feelings after two seasons of steely, tough-guy detachment.” The debut teaser trailer hints at this with its “Everything Changes” caption, before revealing that the eight-episode season will be split into two parts when it hits Netflix. The first volume of the fantasy drama is slated to hit the streaming service on June 29, while fans will have to wait until July 27 to see the epic conclusion.
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The Witcher Season 3 sees the return of Cavill as the White Wolf, Freya Allen as Princess of Cintra and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg. Besides the three central characters, Joey Batey, Mimi Ndiweni, Eamon Farren, MyAnna Buring, Wilson Mbomio and Tom Canton are also set to return for the newest season.
The trailer doesn’t give away much in terms of story but it does briefly catch us up with our three central characters, who don’t seem to be in good shape. “Now, for the first time, I understand real fear,” Geralt says in a spooky tone. We then cut to Ciri for a brief moment as she tries to evade the Wild Hunt itself. Following this we see Yen, Ciri, and Geralt searching for each other in the dark, with brief glimpses of Rience, and a bunch of other villains as well.
Netflix’s official plot summary of The Witcher Season 3 reads, “As monarchs, mages and beasts of the Continent compete to capture her, Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into hiding, determined to protect his newly reunited family against those who threaten to destroy it. Entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer leads them to the protected fortress of Aretuza, where she hopes to discover more about the girl’s untapped powers; instead, they discover they’ve landed in a battlefield of political corruption, dark magic and treachery. They must fight back, put everything on the line — or risk losing each other forever.”
Talking more about what the next season might have in store for Cavill’s Geralt, series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich shared a few crucial details and even delved into the mental state of our protagonist. Hissrich said, “For years, Geralt has claimed neutrality, shunned politics and publicly asserted that witchers don’t have emotions — all to make his life as a killer easier to navigate. We’ve seen him battle monsters and monstrous humans; we’ve watched as he’s hardened himself in order to survive. This season, he can no longer do that.”
Geralt coming to terms with his feelings will not make him a bit weak (since he won’t be able to make those tough choices) but also add another dimension to the character. “He can’t pretend that he doesn’t feel. He can’t pretend that he’s impenetrable,” adds Hissrich. “Because, despite the ups and downs of last season and the trust that has to be rebuilt, he’s realized that Yennefer and Ciri are his destiny, his family and the loves of his life. This is the foundation of his journey for the rest of his life — and the rest of this show.”
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