'The Witcher' Season 3: Release Date Window Unveiled by Henry Cavill at Netflix TUDUM Event

The Witcher Season 3 will premiere on Netflix in the summer of 2023, star Henry Cavill announced on Saturday. During one of Netflix's virtual TUDUM events this weekend, Cavill made an appearance to announce the release date while stars Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan introduced new sneak peek clips at the series. The news came shortly after the announcement that The Witcher: Blood Origin will premiere on Christmas.

It was a big day for Netflix and the Witcher franchise in particular as Geralt of Rivia himself appeared on the virtual stage. He revealed that Season 3 of the fantasy series has a release window, which was a relief after fans learned that the prequel series will take its usual December slot. Fans then got to see the set of Season 3 for themselves along with some new clips. They were behind-the-scenes views of stunts, including a shot of Allan as Ciri slashing her sword in what appeared to be an overturned ship.

The Witcher is based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher Saga – a collection of short stories and novels that depict a unique medieval fantasy world. The kingdoms of The Continent are ravaged by monsters, and in ancient days humanity created an order of magically-mutated warriors called Witchers to defend them and hunt down the monsters. However, in the time of the story monsters are relatively scarce, and Witchers themselves have become the real fear for many people. The story centers around Geralt of Rivia and his found family as they attempt to navigate a world hurtling toward change – some good, some bad.

The Netflix original series premiered in December of 2019 and was one of the first to answer the call for the "next Game of Thrones." It was an instant hit, but the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the burgeoning franchise's production schedule. However, that hasn't stopped Netflix from expanding the world and the timeline, and it looks like all those efforts are finally about to bear fruit.

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You can stream The Witcher Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix now, along with the animated prequel film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The next entry in the story will be an even further-flung prequel – The Witcher: Blood Origin, a live-action limited series premiering on Dec. 25, 2022 on Netflix. After that, fans can look forward to seeing Geralt again in The Witcher Season 3 in the summer of 2023.