This past weekend, shocking information regarding the future of the Netflix series The Witcher was revealed to fans. Officially returning for a fourth season is The Witcher, although star Henry Cavill will not reprise his role as Geralt of Rivia.
Actor Liam Hemsworth will fill the role in its place. With minimal explanation of the change in casting, both actors shared a photo of the alteration on Instagram.
It would be an understatement to say that fans were upset to learn that Henry Cavill will no longer be portraying Geralt. While some think Cavill leaving was primarily due to his comeback as Superman and any potential scheduling difficulties, others aren’t so sure he couldn’t find a way to balance both roles.
Fans are pointing out Cavill’s devotion to the role and the source material and speculating that something must be happening behind the scenes for him to use this chance to leave the program.
Since The Witcher aired on Netflix in 2019, Henry Cavill’s love for the video games and book series that the programme is based on has become very well known.
However, it appears that not all of the other artists working on the project are as passionate about the original source material. Former series producer Beau DeMayo revealed that several of The Witchers authors weren’t fans of the books and games or openly loathed them in a recent Instagram Q&A.
(even actively mocking the source material.) This lack of respect, in DeMayo’s opinion, is a prescription for disaster and low morale. The late nights are worthwhile because fandom serves as an ego-checking litmus test. Before you can contribute to the work’s legacy, you must respect it.
Given that Cavill has been described as a “Witcher bible” on set by actress Freya Allan, it makes likely that he wouldn’t want to return to a show whose writers openly insulted the source material. Allan claimed that Cavill used his knowledge of the Witcher to offer advice while filming.
He will reply, “I think it should include this line since this line is from the books,” while she says, “We’re doing a scene.” He is undoubtedly a nerd, but that is cool because he owns it.
As long as we can keep presenting wonderful stories that appreciate [author Andrzej] Sapkowski’s writing, Henry Cavill has stated that he is committed to showrunner Lauren Hissrich’s plans for seven seasons.
Even though Hissrich took heed of his advice for season 2 and appreciated his assistance in moulding Geralt’s persona over his season arc, it shouldn’t be up to Cavill alone to guarantee that the actual core of his character is conveyed on screen.
Liam Hemsworth will do great in the part, I have no doubt. It’s not like he’s a total unknown who has no idea what he’s getting into to play Geralt; he also enjoys The Witcher. It is difficult to imagine anybody else bringing the same intensity and devotion to Geralt as Henry Cavill does, yet at the same time, Cavill approaches the part with such a profound understanding of and affection for the character’s tale, mannerisms, and philosophy.
It appears as though The Witchermay struggle to retain its great viewership over its projected seven seasons without Cavill’s influence and writers who genuinely care about the plot they’re crafting. Who knows how long viewers will stick around without Cavill’s Geralt, according to many fans who see him as the series’ unifying factor.
If, like me, you’re still not over this casting announcement, you can see some fan reactions below.