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After an almost palpable tension surrounding the wait for Season 2 of The Witcher, fans finally let it all out last week as the show’s second batch of new episodes finally arrived at Netflix. But almost as soon as Geralt of Rivia materialized to accept his new intertwined fate with Ciri, of course some fans were already asking: When will we get to see where it’s all heading in Season 3?
The answer, according to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, is, well…not soon. Speaking with TechRadar ahead of the Season 2 debut, Hissrich said the ideas are already in place and early script work on the show’s third season has mostly finished — but she wouldn’t put a timeline on when production might get underway.
“Actually, this is our last week [Dec. 3] in the writers’ room. We’re almost done with the scripting phase, and it’s amazing,” said Hissrich. “I’m really thrilled with how the season is shaping up because it’s based on my favorite book in the saga, which is Time of Contempt.”
For those who only know the lore of The Witcher thanks to Netflix, Time of Contempt is the second installment in author and original creator Andrzej Sapkowski’s 6-book cycle that makes up The Witcher saga of books and short stories on which the live action series is based. Though it seems like the show has taken its time (and a few small-screen liberties) with adapting the cycle for TV, the theme of connected destiny between Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) is a key part of the books — so it’s important, said Hissrich, that the Netflix version gets it right.
“I feel like seasons 1 and 2 have been laying the playing field for everything huge that’s about to happen,” she told TechRadar. “But the [Season 3] creative process is now really just starting. We have the scripts, and now we’ll bring directors on, the actors back in, and really start delving in deeper and reflecting back and making sure that it’s the perfect season.”
That’ll come as welcome news to fans, who’ve joined with critics in giving Season 2 (which debuted on Dec. 17) a seriously sweet reception, as the new season’s Rotten Tomatoes scores make clear. Thanks to the show’s immense popularity (and perhaps a little of Cavill’s star power) in a post-Game of Thrones TV world, Netflix waved The Witcher through for a third season back in September, three months before the premiere of the Season 2.
Knowing that Season 3 is at least on the way at some point, all that’s left to do now is sit back, re-binge it all to catch what we might’ve missed, and wait for Hissrich and the rest of the creative team to make more Witcher magic.