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The Witcher Series A Complete Disaster After Henry Cavill’s Exit

By Baiting Irrelevance Apr25,2023
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To say that things are not going well for The Witcher Season 3 would be an understatement. By this point, most people are probably aware of the pending changes that await this Netflix series. With Henry Cavill set to leave The Witcher after this upcoming season, Liam Hemsworth is poised to take his place. The circumstances surrounding Cavill’s exit remain a mystery. Although there has been plenty of speculation, we likely never get the real reason behind his departure.

Be that as it may, Cavill is out, but the series moves forward. Precisely what a post-Henry Cavill Witcher will look like is still uncertain. This uncertainty extends not only to the storyline but also to the future of the show itself. With Henry Cavill’s replacement already named, we know there will be at least one more season. However, beyond that, the future of the show looks very bleak. With Netflix already bleeding money, they likely will only be happy to operate at a loss for a short time.

Currently, The Witcher can be regarded as a commercial and financial success for Netflix. This is in large part thanks to Henry Cavill’s involvement. Despite rigorous criticism regarding the story’s direction, fans continue to watch. When asked, most fans list the performance of the former Man of Steel actor as the main reason for their continued support. With the main reason for support now removed from the show, future interest in the series will be interesting to observe.

What To Expect From The Witcher 3

With the new trailer dropping for The Witcher season 3, we must now consider what to expect. The new teaser that Netflix dropped did not go over well with fans. However, before we get to the backlash, we must also look at the direction the show tries to take. The third season of The Witcher will only have eight episodes, and despite this short season, it will be split into two parts. Some fans have criticized this decision, saying that showrunners are just trying to milk Henry Cavill.

Producers, however, pushed back against this by stating that the split was due to post-production work. The first half of the episodes will be done by June, and the rest will only be available and ready later. I do not believe this, but you can make up your mind. The direction of the story will be exciting to observe, though. There have been a lot of subplots in the previous season that fans did not like too much. Many want them to focus on the main story, and many regard video games as the main story.

The Netflix series follows the books, and the subplots make much more sense. They will heavily lean into the Ciri story in this season of The Witcher, and we will also finally see more of the Wild Hunt. Many fans have also called for a closer relationship between Gerald and Yennifer. We will likely not see that, though, and they want to build Yennifer up independently from Gerald.

Fan Reaction To The Witcher Series

The fan reactions have been the most interesting to observe for the upcoming season of The Witcher. On YouTube, no one likes the teaser trailer. The reason for this reaction is more complicated than you might think. The exit of Henry Cavill sparks some outrage. Many fans are not ready to see Henry Cavill go; others are unhappy with the story’s direction. The Witcher has been accused of not respecting source material since season one.

The Witcher Series
The Witcher Series

Whether or not they are sticking to the original creator’s vision is up for debate. Some say they are sticking to the original, while others say they deviate far away. Again, the criticism of shifting from the source material is not as fair as you might think. Many fans only know about video games and have not read the novels. So when they complain about the source material, they refer to the fun.

These games, of course, deviate a lot more from the source material than the Netflix series. However, this criticism also holds a bit of weight. Henry Cavill is rumored to leave the show because of this issue. He did not like that the show was pulling away from the original work. When he announced his Warhammer series, he made a point to state that he would be following the original work. Many saw this as a dig into the Witcher series.

Can The Witcher Survive Without Henry Cavill?

What we should expect from The Witcher Season 3 still needs to be clarified. Right now, things need to trend more positively for the series online. It is, of course, worth pointing out that only some people are online, and some log into Netflix and start watching whatever pops up. Irrespective of this, we will likely see a drop-off in the audience. Although Liam Hemsworth is set to make his first appearance in season 4, we will likely see a cameo from him towards the end of the season.

Ciri from the Witcher
Ciri from The Witcher

How exactly they will be writing off Henry Cavill also remains a mystery. If you go and look at the Teaser trailer comments, you will see that the statements could be kinder. Most think they took the golden source material and turned it into stone. There are over 3000 comments, most of which involve Henry Cavill. His exit from this series cannot be underestimated. While his supporting cast did a good job, it would be hard to continue without their lead.

No matter how good Liam Hemsworth is, most fans likely will not accept him as The Witcher. Is that fair toward Hemsworth? Of course not. Unfortunately, that does not matter. The negativity around this show extends far beyond Henry Cavill. For that reason, it will be tough for showrunners to rebuild. How they write off Henry Cavill will also be essential. Due to his popularity, you must find a way to give him a good ending. If you write him off disrespectfully, fans will be even more alienated. Although, there is no good way of doing it.

Conclusion

Overall, only time will tell how all of this will play out. As a person who is not familiar with the source material, I have been enjoying the show thus far. Remember that this opinion comes from the same person who wanted Rings of Power—another series where I am unfamiliar with the source material. I thought that the second season of The Witcher was even better than the first. However, it is safe to say that the majority of people do not agree.

There are trying times ahead for this series. Navigating these issues will be extremely hard. Ultimately, it is a hill too steep to climb; however, Hollywood producers tend to fail upwards.

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5 thoughts on “The Witcher Series A Complete Disaster After Henry Cavill’s Exit”
  1. […] The Witcher Season 3 is having a lousy time on Netflix as viewership continues to drop. It might be easy to point toward Henry Cavill as the reason for this disappointing decline, but this is untrue. If you dig deeper into The Witcher on Netflix, you will discover many problems. Instead of looking at Henry Cavill’s departure as a reason for the decline, you can also argue the opposite. Henry Cavill was the only thing that kept a declining viewership base interested. This is not enough to save the show despite Henry Cavill being there. […]

  2. […] The Witcher Netflix Series is having a lousy time as viewership continues to drop. It might be easy to point toward Henry Cavill as the reason for this disappointing decline, but this is untrue. If you dig deeper into The Witcher on Netflix, you will discover many problems. Instead of looking at Henry Cavill’s departure as a reason for the decline, you can also argue the opposite. Henry Cavill was the only thing that kept a declining viewership base interested. This is not enough to save the show despite Henry Cavill being there. […]

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