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The Witcher season 3: cast, plot and everything we know so far

Behind-the-scenes shot from The Witcher season 3 which shows Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra sitting down facing away from the camera in a snowy landscape
The Witcher season 3 is in production now. (Image credit: Netflix)

We'll be tossing a coin to our Witcher again in the near future, as The Witcher season 3 is in production. 

Netflix announced that The Witcher's third series had entered production in early April, posting the above behind-the-scenes image that showed Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan back in costume. Since then, the show has been spotted in production across the globe.

There were big reveals in The Witcher season 2 about Ciri's capabilities, and we're sure we'll be learning even more about her powers and seeing the trio take on even more horrible beasts when the epic fantasy saga continues.

Here's everything we know about The Witcher season 3 so far...

 The Witcher season 3 release date 

Given production on The Witcher season 3 only started in April and the prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin will arrive later this year, we don’t think we’ll be seeing the third season for a while.

It took two years for the second season to arrive, which gives the strong impression that we’ll be seeing the third materializing at some point in December 2023.

At the very least, we're being treated to regular location photos while we wait.

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 The Witcher season 3 cast  

Geralt and Ciri struggle over a sword in The Witcher season 2

Geralt will continue to safeguard Ciri in season 3. (Image credit: Netflix/ Susie Allnutt)

Naturally, you can't have The Witcher without our core characters, and we know that Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) will all be back in the next series.

Now that Triss Merigold (Anna Shaffer) has realized what Ciri is truly capable of, we’d expect to see her and her fellow mages returning in the next series. 

We also expect to see Geralt's fellow Witchers Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Lambert (Paul Bullion) and Coen (Yasen Atour) return after surviving their ordeal in Kaer Morhen during the season finale of the first series.

As far as new faces go, Netflix has revealed the identity of four new actors who are joining the show for season 3.

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Robbie Amell (Upload, Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City) is playing Gallatin, a born fighter who leads a guerrilla army fighting on behalf of the Nilfgaardian Empire. His loyalty to his own people, the Scoia’tael, is set to bring him into conflict with Francesca. 

Next up is Meng’er Zhang (Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings). Their character, Milva, is a talented human huntress who has been adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest. 

Hugh Skinner (Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!, Fleabag) is on hand as the royal playboy, Prince Radovid. Radovid is the younger brother of King Vizimir who inadvertently finds himself a man on the inside of the Redanian Intelligence who brings a drunken charm to the game of politics.

Finally, there’s Christelle Elwin (Half Bad). Christelle is playing Mistle whose part of a misfit teenage gang called 'The Rats'. Netflix tells us that Mistle is out for revenge for something until a chance encounter changes her path. 

More recently, Redanian Intelligence (opens in new tab) has reported that six more actors have joined the show. According to their report, Ryan Hayes (Carnival Row) has joined as Artaud Terranova. In the books, Artaud was one of the mages who was hellbent on capturing Ciri. 

Polish actress Michalina Olszanska has also signed on as a new sorceress, along with Kate Winter (Boogie Man) as Putney and Martyn Ellis (It's A Sin) as Barker, who will supposedly crop up halfway through the season.

Finally, Harvey Quinn (Recaptured) and Poppy Almond (Blurred Lines) have also joined the huge cast in undisclosed roles, but RI speculates they're also part of The Witcher season 3's cast of mages.

One actor who isn’t sure whether they’ll be returning is Bridgerton season 2 star Adjoa Andoh. She plays High Priestess Nenneke, one of Geralt’s old friends.

Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke in The Witcher season 2.

Adjoa Andoh has thrown doubt on her return in the upcoming season.  (Image credit: Netflix/ Susie Allnutt)

Whilst speaking to the RadioTimes, she revealed that she was unsure whether she’d be back next series. 

Adjoh said: “We’ll see. The books are so huge. And they’ve gone so many different ways in the stories. Nenneke is in the books a lot. But it depends what they want to do with this version of it.

“It’s totally about what the creators of the show want to do with the material from the books and how they want to swing that, and so we’ll wait and see.” 

The Witcher season 3 plot

We already knew that this forthcoming season was based on Time of Contempt (opens in new tab), the second novel in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series thanks to a tweet (opens in new tab) from the showrunner, Lauren Hissrich. 

Netflix’s official plot summary for The Witcher season 3 elaborates on what that means. It 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.”

If you're interested in finding out the specifics of that plot, be sure to check out our guide explaining how to read The Witcher books in order.

Is there a trailer?

Since The Witcher season 3 is currently in production, it's unlikely that we'll be seeing a trailer for the next season for a while just yet. The teasers for the previous two seasons both arrived in July, so keep an eye out for any new footage in July 2022.

As and when one arrives, we'll be sure to update this guide to include it.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.