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First Look Of Liam Hemsworth As Geralt In ‘The Witcher’ Season 4

“The Hunger Games” star has replaced Henry Cavill as the sword-swinging monster hunter of this hit fantasy series. Will it still be worth the watch? | Liam Hemsworth as Geralt in The Witcher | Image courtesy of Netflix

2024’s Most Controversial Casting Change Yet

Despite the popular motif of destiny in The Witcher series, the show has been speculated to fall downhill. Since the news was broken early last year that a major casting change would occur for Netflix’s biggest fantasy hit, fans have been bombarding the creators with outrage. The main protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, will now be portrayed by Liam Hemsworth for the last two seasons and Netflix has just released the first look.

The Witcher Adventure So Far 

Based on the ‘90s book series that later turned into a popular video game series, The Witcher first aired on Netflix on December 20, 2019, and has captured new audiences since. Fans fell in love with the Man of Steel (2013) star, Henry Cavill, playing the lead protagonist despite writing that diverged from the canon. However, due to resentment towards the changed plot, Cavill left the project altogether and was replaced by Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (IGN, 2023).

The seemingly abrupt change left many fans leaving hateful messages on the official social media pages for the show and audiences have forced each other to believe that the last two seasons won’t hold up as well without Cavill.

Though fans still seem to be commenting angry thoughts onto the newest teaser for season four, Entertainment Weekly recently released an inside scoop on how Hemsworth himself is feeling about the change: “As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” said Hemsworth. “Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honored that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”

A Hopeful Ending To The Witcher

Geralt of Rivia is a challenging character to portray, but there may be too much judgment out there before any work has been shown. Recently, the official Netflix YouTube channel released a teaser for season 4 out of 5 featuring Hemsworth in the Geralt wig and makeup. Though only a quick glimpse of the character, it seems that Netflix is truly attempting to keep the casting switch subtle. Hemsworth truly resembles the same Geralt that audiences know and love. Creator and showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, had a few words to say to fans who may have still had doubts: “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.”

It may still be too early to predict whether the show will crash and burn with its last two seasons. Hemsworth has previously been seen successfully in previous projects such as The Hunger Games, The Dressmaker, The Last Song, and the recent action flick Land of Bad. With an actor who seems to adore the character and showrunner who gives credit to the book series author, the high fantasy TV show may still win back the hearts of their fans. 

The Witcher seasons 1-3 are available for streaming now on Netflix.

The Witcher Season 4 (2024) First Look Courtesy of Netflix

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