'The Witcher' is ending, but season 4 won't be its last. Here's everything we know.

Henry Cavill and Liam Hemsworth
Henry Cavill in "The Witcher" season three his replacement, Liam Hemsworth.Netflix / Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images
  • Netflix announced that "The Witcher" will end with season five.

  • Seasons four and five will be filmed back to back, with Liam Hemsworth as the new lead.

  • Here's what to know about the final two seasons.

Netflix announced the end of "The Witcher" — but there are still two more seasons before we get there.

The streamer confirmed on Thursday that "The Witcher" season four was in production.

It also said that it renewed the show for a fifth and final season, and would film both remaining seasons back-to-back.

"The Witcher" already made drastic changes in the past few years after Henry Cavill, who played Geralt of Rivia, announced in 2022 that he was leaving, passing the torch to Liam Hemsworth. Cavill ended his run as Geralt in season three, which premiered in 2023.

Some series, such as "Dynasty," "Riverdale," and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," have been successful after recasting characters. However, it is pretty rare to see an abrupt recasting of the lead actor.

"The Witcher" posted a video on X Thursday of the whole cast at a table read of season four, including Hemsworth and new cast member Laurence Fishburne.

Here's what to know about the final two seasons.

"The Witcher" seems to be heading for a planned finale.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in "The Witcher" season three.
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in "The Witcher" season three.Susie Allnutt / Netflix

Neither Netflix nor the showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, has given a reason for ending the show.

But it looks more like a planned end than a cancellation, given that there are still entire seasons in the works.

"It is with huge pride that we begin shooting our penultimate season of The Witcher with a stellar cast, including some exciting new additions, led by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia," Hissrich told Netflix's online blog, Tudum.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring Andrzej Sapkowski's books to an epic and satisfying conclusion. It wouldn't be our show if we didn't push our family of characters to their absolute limit — stay tuned to see how the story ends."

The series is a book adaptation, so Netflix is likely not continuing past the end of the narrative in the books.

Season one of "The Witcher" was a major hit for Netflix, gaining 83 million views and inspiring the streamer to greenlight spin-off films and shows. Netflix was likely initially drawn by the popularity of the videogame adaptations of the same "Witcher" books.

However, seasons two and three failed to match up. Netflix could be looking to end the expensive fantasy series before the audience dwindles any further.

Henry Cavill is out, Chris Hemsworth is in.

Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra in "The Witcher" season three episode five
Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra as Geralt and Yennefer in "The Witcher" season three episode five.Susan Allnutt / Netflix

Cavill never gave a reason for his exit from the show.

Many fans have speculated that Cavill left because he would rather focus on playing Superman.

He appears in the 2022 DC movie "Black Adam," but didn't play Superman again after the franchise was handed to James Gunn for a reboot.

Other fans speculated that Cavill, who was a big fan of "The Witcher" books and games, had problems with the adaptation.

In 2021, Cavill told the Philippine Star that he struggled to find a "balance between the showrunners' vision and my love for the books," and said he asked for changes to his character in season 2.

"The things that I pushed for, it was not necessarily just more dialogue. It was bringing a more book-accurate Geralt to the screen. Because as I'm sure you know in the books, Geralt is an amateur philosopher," he said.

"He's an intellectual. He's wise and thoughtful. Yes, he's at times morose, morbid, and snarky. But it's important for me to have the character be three-dimensional."

Laurence Fishburne and Liam Hemsworth join in season four.

laurence fishburne
Laurence Fishburne has joined the cast.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Hemsworth has taken on the mantle of Geralt, and the main leads, Joey Batey, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allen, are set to return.

Most of the supporting cast will also return, except for MyAnna Buring, who played Tissaia, and Ed Birch, who played King Vizimir, after their characters' deaths in season three.

Season four also has some new stars.

Laurence Fishburne will play fan-favorite Geralt ally Regis, a wise vampire. Danny Woodburn will also play another fan-favorite character, the dwarf Zoltan. Sharlto Copley will join the cast as an infamous Witcher bounty hunter, Leo Bonhart, and James Purefoy will play the spy Skellen.

The final two seasons will adapt the final three "Witcher" books.

Freya Allan as Ciri in "The Witcher" season three episode seven.
Freya Allan as Ciri in "The Witcher" season three, episode seven.Jay Maidment / Netflix

"The Witcher" has been slowly adapting the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, with season three taking storylines from books "Blood of Elves," "Time of Contempt," and "Baptism of Fire."

Netflix said the final two seasons would adapt the final books of the "Witcher" saga, which includes the rest of "Baptism of Fire," as well as "The Tower of the Swallow" and "Lady of the Lake."

In these books, Geralt forms an army to save his ward, Ciri (Allen), and stop the sorcerer Vilgefortz (Mahesh Jadu). Yennefer tries to hunt Vilgefortz on her own, and Ciri travels to a world of magical elves.

Season three ended with Geralt questing to find Ciri, believing Vilgefortz had captured her. She's actually working with a group of thieves and Geralt is on the wrong trail.

The season four logline said that Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will stay separated in the fourth season, leading their own "groups of misfits."

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