Fans were awakened to shocking news when it was reported that Henry Cavill would be leaving the role of Geralt of Rivia in the massively popular Netflix adaptation of The Witcher books. Of course, we all know that Cavill basically owned this role as he himself is a fan of books and video games, being the big nerd that he is. But this leaves a huge hole in The Witcher series. So, is The Witcher canceled after Henry Cavill’s exit?
The Witcher was not canceled after Henry Cavill left the project. He will still be playing the role of Geralt of Rivia until the end of season 3. But Netflix announced that Henry Cavill would be passing his role on to Liam Hemsworth, who is going to be playing the role of Geralt from season 4 onward.
Not a lot of fans were happy about the fact that Henry Cavill decided to hang up his Witcher boots to pass the role on to another actor. Whatever his reason for leaving the project is, fans of The Witcher should still be happy about the fact that the series will continue and will have a new Geralt in the form of Liam. Now, let’s talk more about Henry Cavill’s exit and what is next in store for The Witcher.
Is Henry Cavill Leaving The Witcher?
When Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher was released, it became one of the most popular shows on the streaming giant’s platform because of how masterful Henry Cavill was in owning his role as Geralt of Rivia. Of course, this was a role that he always wanted because Cavill himself is a massive fan of The Witcher books and video games as well. And it was through his star power that the series was able to get a lot of different fans, considering that Henry Cavill is popular among different fans.
Cavill did a fine job as Geralt of Rivia through two seasons of The Witcher, as we know that there is still a third season that will be arriving soon. He basically owned his role as Geralt because he understood the assignment and was very familiar with the role he was tasked to play. As such, The Witcher has had two successful seasons with Cavill at the helm of the series, with season 3 set to add a new chapter to the storyline.
But fans weren’t exactly happy to hear about the fact that Henry Cavill will appear as Geralt of Rivia for the final time in season 3. That’s because it was indeed announced not only by the official social media page of The Witcher but also by the actor himself that Cavill will be leaving the project at the end of season 3.
With that said, there is no doubt that Henry Cavill has now decided to move on to a new endeavor in life, especially considering that he has now been confirmed to return to his role as Superman in the DCEU. This came after he appeared in the post-credit scene of Black Adam, where he confronted the titular antihero. As such, Cavill is set to appear on the big screen as the Man of Steel once more, as there is a good chance that the DCEU is going to be even bigger with the addition of new characters.
But this leaves a massive hole in the world of The Witcher, as fans have actually equated Henry Cavill with Geralt of Rivia, especially after there were problems with his contract with DCEU. In a way, Geralt was the character that Cavill poured his heart and soul into during the time when he was still unsure of whether or not he would be returning to the DCEU as the face of the franchise.
As such, while the DCEU regains the face of the franchise (alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam), The Witcher will lose the man that helped put the series on the map, even though Cavill is yet to confirm whether or not he left The Witcher to return to his role as Superman.
Is The Witcher Cancelled After Cavill’s Exit?
While we all know that Henry Cavill was one of the people that allowed The Witcher to reach the height of success that it has reached, the fact is that the series will still go on with or without him because there is still a lot more story left to tell about Geralt of Rivia and his companions. The series has already succeeded enough for it to gain a loyal following that will see the storyline through to the end, and that means that it isn’t canceled just because Cavill will be leaving the project.
Season 3 will be Henry Cavill’s final appearance as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. Meanwhile, in the official announcement of The Witcher, the series has been renewed for a fourth season by Netflix, even though Henry Cavill will not be there to continue the storyline as the titular Witcher character.
We don’t know how long the series will go on after season 4 but what we do know is that the storyline has been developed well enough for it to have at least four seasons. It is possible for The Witcher to have more seasons after season 4, depending on the performance of the series after Cavill’s departure from the project. Of course, fans of The Witcher are still going to follow it through the end regardless of who is set to take over as Geralt.
Who Will Replace Henry Cavill As Geralt Of Rivia?
After Henry Cavill announced his departure from The Witcher from the fourth season onward, the good news is that his replacement has already been decided. Liam Hemsworth, the younger brother of Chris Hemsworth and one of the stars of the Hunger Games series, is set to inherit Cavill’s sword as the new Geralt of Rivia for season 4.
In his farewell speech, Henry Cavill welcomed Liam into the role, as he said that Geralt’s character has a lot of depth in it. That means that there is a huge pair of shoes to fill for Liam to try to fill in after Cavill’s departure from the project. Of course, Cavill’s popularity isn’t the only reason why he was so perfect for the role, as we all know that he was always a fan of The Witcher books and the video game adaptations that were based on the books. In that regard, he was as dedicated as any other actor when it came to his portrayal of Geralt.
Nevertheless, we do hope that Liam Hemsworth will be able to show the same kind of dedication to his new role as Geralt of Rivia, especially considering that Henry Cavill did such a perfect job on that character. Of course, we are excited about the possibility of him bringing a different yet still familiar kind of Geralt, especially after we had already gotten so used to Cavill’s version of the character.