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Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia in ‘The Witcher’ Season 4 Teaser | Image: Entertainment Weekly

‘The Witcher’ Season 4: First Look at Liam Hemsworth’s Contentious Geralt of Rivia

After months of anticipation and a fury of backlash online, Netflix has revealed a first look at Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming season of The Witcher. The streaming serviced dropped a new teaser for The Witcher season four, which is set to be the first in the series to not feature fan-favourite Henry Cavill. The Man of Steel actor famously played the White Wolf for three epic seasons, before waving goodbye to the role in October 2022. The news came as a shock to fans worldwide, with his exit after the third season dragged out over two parts over the summer of 2023. Now, his replacement gets a chance to shine and fans aren’t entirely convinced.

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Fan favourite Henry Cavill stepped away from the role in October 2022 after three seasons | Image: Netflix

‘The Witcher’ Season 4 Updates

For fans of the hit game-turned-series, updates regarding of The Witcher‘s fourth season have been few and far between. The new instalment is currently being filmed in the UK, with production rolling concurrently for the fifth and final season. While no plot details have been shared, the upcoming two seasons of the TV series will complete the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s remaining books, covering ‘Baptism of Fire‘, ‘The Tower of the Swallow‘, and ‘Lady of the Lake‘.

The roughly a minute-long first teaser trailer for The Witcher season four gives us our best look yet at Liam Hemsworth as Geralt, who “can be seen wearing Geralt’s signature medallion as he treks across dim, murky land, turning around to face the eerie squelch of something looming behind him.” While the initial reaction to Hemsworth’s casting may have been fierce, it must be said that the two bear a striking similarity when in costume.

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Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia in ‘The Witcher’ Season 4 Teaser | Image: Entertainment Weekly
Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia in ‘The Witcher’ Season 4 Teaser | Image: Entertainment Weekly

Liam Hemsworth’s New Witcher Look

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich commented on Hemsworth’s appearance, saying, “His look has been in development for over a year, so it’s thrilling to finally share an official sneak peek of Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia. Cast and crew alike have been struck by the passion, energy, and embodiment Liam has brought to the character from Day 1 — scruffy beard, iconic scar, and all! We’re having so much fun filming season 4 and are excited to welcome fans along on this journey with us.”

Talking about his new role, Liam Hemsworth said in a previous statement, “As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”

The Witcher Season 4 Cast

Joining the cast for The Witcher season four are Hemsworth, alongside Freya Allan as Princess Cirilla, Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer, Joey Batey as minstrel Jaskier, Cassie Clare as the witch Philippa Eilhart, and Mahesh Jadu as the mage Vilgefortz of Roggeveen. Netflix has also announced several newcomers for season four, including Laurence Fishburne as fan-favourite Barber-surgeon Regis, Sharlto Copley as infamous bounty hunter Leo Bonhart, James Purefoy as Emhyr’s court advisor and high-ranking spy Skellen, and Danny Woodburn as dwarf Zoltan.

Users on X react to the first look at Liam Hemsworth's Geralt of Rivia | Image: X (formerly Twitter)
Users on X react to the first look at Liam Hemsworth’s Geralt of Rivia | Image: X (formerly Twitter)

Social Media Reacts to Liam Hemsworth as Geralt in ‘The Witcher’ Season 4 Teaser

The Witcher fandom is freaking out (in a good and bad way) about the first look at Liam Hemsworth as Geralt. Lots of people are still bummed Henry Cavill left, worried nobody can play the White Wolf like him. On top of that, some fans aren’t thrilled with how Netflix has been handling the whole Witcher IP, saying they’ve strayed too far from the books.

One viewer on X scathingly remarked, “I didn’t know how I’d feel but after laughing that hard I realized….. NOPEEEE not for me Pass. Couldn’t even get the more serious looking Hemsworth? feels like a Spoof.” Another wrote, “He looks fine. Wish him luck. The show has been terrible so I won’t watch this, but I think Liam deserves a chance he always does his best.” Now, only time will tell if Hemsworth can fill Geralt’s boots and the upcoming season four lives up to the franchise’s high expectations.

Netflix’s The Witcher season 4 currently has no release date.