Will ‘The Witcher’ Get a Season 3 on Netflix? Lauren S. Hissrich Says Season 2 Will Need to Be ‘Great’

The Witcher Season 2 arrives on Netflix this winter, but fans are already wondering whether they’ll see Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) in a third installment of the series. According to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the possibility is on the table. However, The Witcher Season 3 isn’t a definite thing — and will be largely dependent on how the second chapter of the fantasy series does.

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 premieres on Netflix in December

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The Witcher Season 2 received a Dec. 17 premiere date at Netflix’s WitcherCon, placing its arrival in the midst of the holiday season. That’s around the same time the first season of the show debuted in 2019, marking a trend for the fantasy series.

The second chapter of the show will see Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia guiding Princess Cirilla (Freya Allen) on her path to becoming a witcher. The two will journey to Kaer Morhen, where they’ll meet Geralt’s old friends and mentor. Of course, the trek there won’t be easy — nor will dealing with Ciri’s dreams and what they mean about her destiny.

Meanwhile, Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) will find herself in a predicament in The Witcher Season 2. The trailer shows her falling into the hands of the Nilfgaardian army — not a great place for her after the Battle of Sodden Hill. It seems inevitable she’ll escape at some point during the new season, but how remains to be seen.

Has Netflix renewed ‘The Witcher’ for season 3?

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's 'The Witcher,' which hasn't yet been renewed for season 3. He stands wearing black leather and leaning on a table. Behind him are men eating and a chandelier. This takes place after his bathtub scene in season 1.
Henry Cavill in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’

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Despite Netflix’s attempts to expand its Witcher content with a prequel series and a Witcher anime film, the streamer hasn’t actually greenlit the show for season 3.

According to Hissrich, there’s still post-production work happening on the second season. On top of that, the streamer will likely base the decision to continue the series on how well the new episodes perform.

Speaking to TheWrap during the Television Critics Association’s press tour this week, Hissrich explained:

“No, there has been no formal renewal. In fact, right now my focus is on Season 2. I mean, we have this air date now. We are going to launch on Dec. 17. There is still a lot of work to be done in post-production, so I am back and forth between Los Angeles and London completing that. And that is just, honestly, where all of our focus is right now because we need a great season 2 if we have a hope of having a season 3.”

Hopefully, Hissrich’s work on The Witcher Season 2 will pay off. After all, there’s plenty to explore in this world.

What will ‘The Witcher’ Season 3 be about?

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With The Witcher Season 3 so heavily dependent on the second season, it’s hard to say where Hissrich might take the story with another outing. Of course, there’s plenty of material the show could draw from in the games and Andrzej Sapkowski’s books. Where season 3 picks up depends on how much The Witcher Season 2 adapts.

It seems certain the show will continue following Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer, all of whom become something of a family unit in the novels. With the show’s similar focus on found family, season 3 could see them wrapped up in the fight against Nilfgaard. Likewise, Ciri’s training is bound to pay off after season 2, meaning future chapters of The Witcher could show her playing a more prominent role in the Continent’s future.

Fans will get a better idea of what storylines season 3 might include when the second season arrives. The Witcher Season 2 drops on Netflix on Dec. 17, 2021.