“It was time for him in his life to move on”: The Witcher Showrunner Had the Option to End the Show Following Henry Cavill Exit

The Witcher Showrunner Had the option to end the show following Henry Cavill's departure

"It was time for him in his life to move on": The Witcher Showrunner Had the Option to End the Show Following Henry Cavill Exit

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  • Back in October 2022, Henry Cavill announced that he would be stepping down from The Witcher.
  • Showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, addressed the fate of the series following Cavill's exit.
  • She said that they had the choice to have Geralt exit and to end the show after Cavill's departure.
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Henry Cavill wrapped up his final scenes as Geralt in The Witcher last year, surprising fans by subsequently deciding to leave the show. The announcement of his departure and replacement by Liam Hemsworth left fans in shock, as no specific reason for Cavill’s exit was given.

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Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill in The Witcher

The showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, addressed the fate of the series following Cavill’s exit. He revealed that, in the aftermath of Cavill’s departure, staff had the choice to have Geralt exit and to end the show, but it ultimately proved to be something that they weren’t willing to do. 

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The Witcher Showrunner Had the Choice to End the Show Following Henry Cavill’s Departure

Speaking to Total Film Magazine, as reported by Redanian Intelligence, Lauren Hissrich briefly explained Henry Cavill‘s departure and how the show might have dealt with it. 

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It was time for him in his life to move on. I think we’ve all been mourning this in our own way. We had the choice to have Geralt exit and to end the show. [But] that’s not something that we were willing to do. There’s just too many stories left to tell.”

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in a still from The Witcher
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in a still from The Witcher

Hissrich and the production team decided recasting Geralt was the best step going forward.

If we replaced Geralt with another Witcher, we would be going fully away from the books and I don’t think that’s what anyone wanted either,” she explained.

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Fans have been expecting some news regarding the new season of The Witcher, but not much has come forward lately. As per Redanian Intelligence, filming The Witcher‘s fourth season will begin in early 2024, probably around March/April.

Why Did Henry Cavill Leave the Netflix Series The Witcher

Netflix’s The Witcher is one of the most renowned series. The show, which featured Henry Cavill in the lead role of Geralt of Rivia, was immensely loved by the fans of the actor and the series. The actor featured in the lead role for three seasons, and in this period, the show acquired a global fandom. 

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Despite the immense success and love from the fans, Henry Cavill decided to part ways with The Witcher because he had disagreements over the creative decisions of the show. 

A still from The Witcher
A still from The Witcher

Back in October 2022, the actor announced his decision to leave the show, saying in a statement,

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My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for season 4.”

A statement from Lauren Hissrich has brought into the discussion that the actor was frustrated with not having many dialogues in the series.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the showrunner shared that Cavill wanted to open up his character for the audience and wanted more dialogues for his character. “A lot of the notes he was sending to me were about Geralt’s dialogue — could he, first of all, say more,” Hissrich said. 

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Many reports also claimed that the British actor left the popular show due to the writers disrespecting the source material for The Witcher.  

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Stream The Witcher all seasons on Netflix. 

Prantik Prabal Roy

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