December 7, 2023

There’s a brand new rumor percolating across the beleaguered Netflix fantasy collection The Witcher: After the devastating departure of Henry Cavill because the collection’ beloved star, along with the frequent liberties the present’s writers have taken with the supply materials, the tip of the collection is “very probably” in sight. A minimum of, that’s in response to an nameless inside supply who spoke with the positioning Redanian Intelligence, which has a strong observe document by way of releasing scooplets in regards to the present.

“There’s no official affirmation for this but, however we’ve been listening to not too long ago that, sure, Season 5 may be very probably the ultimate season of The Witcher on Netflix,” the positioning claimed, based mostly on its inside supply. If that’s true, the positioning continues, it additionally means that the upcoming fourth and fifth seasons shall be based mostly on the next books from Andrzej Sapkowski (whose Witcher e book collection is the premise for the present): Baptism of Fireplace, The Tower of the Swallow, and The Girl of the Lake.

Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra in “The Witcher.” Picture supply: Susan Allnutt/Netflix
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Henry Cavill and Freya Allan. Picture supply: Katalin Vermes/Netflix

The place does The Witcher go from right here?

Ending The Witcher with Season 5 would additionally imply viewers solely get two seasons with Liam Hemsworth as Cavill’s alternative within the position of Geralt of Rivia, a switcheroo that can occur within the upcoming fourth season that’s forecast to reach someday in 2025.

And talking of that change: There nonetheless hasn’t been a transparent official purpose for Cavill’s exit that’s been shared publicly, main many followers to take a position that an OG Witcher fan like Cavill didn’t precisely see eye-to-eye with the present’s inventive group. In current months, in the meantime, that group has been on the again foot — blaming the present’s disastrous Rotten Tomatoes scores and the evaporation of its viewers on what an government producer described as TikTok-addled viewers.

The present has additionally scrambled to defend the casting change from Cavill to Hemsworth, mainly taking a “Properly, different franchises do it, too” justification (a la Physician Who, Bond, and Spider-Man). As I defined in an earlier piece, although, that logic is severely flawed.

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Anya Chalotra as Yennifer in “The Witcher.” Picture supply: Netflix

And let’s not neglect the present’s Cavill-less prequel collection, The Witcher: Blood Origin, which has an embarrassingly horrible 13% viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based mostly on greater than 5,000 consumer scores) and which mainly crammed every little thing followers have hated about this franchise into one all-new title. A title that has no Cavill, has nothing to do with the lore, and felt like low cost fan fiction (in response to simply among the complaints I’ve seen provided up from followers).

Geralt (and Henry Cavill) deserved higher

As for why followers are nonetheless seething about what the writers have carried out to the primary present, this complete Reddit thread is value a learn.

Along with the writers misreading lots of the relationships between characters and dashing lots of their journeys, one Redditor in that thread above notes that the present made Cavill’s Geralt mainly a grunting himbo who drops F-bombs on a regular basis. Whereas, within the books, he’s really extra of an attention-grabbing newbie thinker who says issues like:

“Individuals,” Geralt turned his head, “prefer to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they appear much less monstrous themselves. After they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an previous girl, after they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the final present unicorn with arrows, they prefer to assume that the Bane coming into cottages at dawn is extra monstrous than they’re. They really feel higher then. They discover it simpler to stay.”

The WitcherPicture supply: The Witcher | Netflix

By the way in which: Even when The Witcher does finish with Season 5, that doesn’t imply the tip of the franchise on Netflix. One other prequel is presently in post-production (The Rats, a few teenage crime gang), and a Witcher anime (titled Sirens of the Deep) is likewise in manufacturing.