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The Witcher Netflix series release date, cast, trailer and everything else you need to know

Rachel Weber
Witcher Netflix series trailer

Rejoice! The Witcher Netflix series is almost here. We’re just days away from clapping eyes on one of the most hotly-anticipated Netflix shows in a long, long while. Now is as good a time as any to get on the saddle and take a whistlestop tour of everything you need to know about The Witcher, including the release date, cast, posters, and even the three main trailers.

We’ve also dug a little deeper for those of you who want more than just the essentials. Quotes from showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich on the possible future of the show, plus plot synopsis for each episode, and even images of Roach. We can’t forget about the roof-dwelling mare now, can we?

Fast Facts:

  • The Witcher Netflix release date: December 20
  • The Witcher Netflix showrunner: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
  • The Witcher Netflix cast: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

The Witcher Netflix series release date is December 20

Witcher Netflix series

The Witcher Netflix series release date is set for December 20, which is the same day as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in the US. It’s not quite Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones season 8’s biggest battle all dropping across one glorious weekend, but it’s close. All eight episodes of The Witcher Netflix series will be available from around midnight Pacific time/8am GMT, judging by previous Netflix Original releases.

It actually took a long time for The Witcher Netflix series release date to be confirmed. Deadline reported that Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandso pencilled in a Q4 2019 window, but a December 20 release date wasn’t made official until a trailer drop on Halloween.

The Witcher Netflix series cast

The Witcher cast is filled with faces both fresh and familiar. Henry Cavill is brooding into town as the main man, Geralt of Rivia, a process that apparently involved auditioning over 200 actors (via io9). Cavill is best known for his turn as Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League.

Joining him as Anya Chalotra, who plays the witchiest witch this side of Nilfgaard, Yennefer of Vengerberg. She’s relatively new to the TV game, having appeared in Wanderlust and The ABC Murders. Completing the triumvirate of major players in The Witcher cast, newcomer Freya Allan plays Ciri.

Other members of the main cast include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May), King Eist (Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson), and Mousesack (Adam Levy). The list of other cast members is also here, including Triss Merrigold’s actress, Anna Shaffer.

Fringilla – Mimi Ndiweni

Princess Renfri – Millie Brady 

Sabrina – Therica Wilson-Read

Tissaia – MyAnna Buring

Triss – Anna Shaffer

The Witcher Netflix series trailer

Three trailers for The Witcher Netflix series have been released.

The first was technically described as a ‘teaser’ and was released during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 in July. It featured the first full look at Geralt (Henry Cavill in full-on scowl mode), plus a physically twisted Yennefer of Vengerberg. Watch it below.

The second and quote-unquote ‘main' trailer debuted on Halloween and came coupled with an announcement of a December 20 release. We even got Bathtub Geralt this time, It was never going to be scrubbed from our minds anyway, so we may as well awkwardly watch it on Netflix with our families over the holidays.

The third and final Witcher trailer is, unsurprisingly enough, called The Final Trailer and focuses more on Ciri (ironic, as days before showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich revealed that Ciri, not Geralt was originally going to be the focal point for the show). There is also a deeper look at some of the action-heavy sequences, including a Game of Thrones-esque skirmish on a large, open field.

The Witcher Netflix series images

There have been plenty of images for The Witcher released in dribs and drabs over the past six months, so let’s round them all up now for your viewing pleasure – be sure to click through for, ahem, the full picture.

The first images involved a look at a wistful Geralt of Rivia, plus Yen and Ciri. The first round of photos were perhaps most notable for Geralt’s lack of second sword.

Just two weeks later, Geralt’s second sword turned up as part of a wave of images that featured his trusty steed, Roach.

Geralt was seen with sword-in-hand in a later image, while a mahoosive monster caught the eye in the last set of major photo drops.

The Witcher Netflix series plot synopses have been released

Want a glimpse at The Witcher’s plot? The synopses of all eight episodes (plus episode titles) have been released by Netflix. A word of warning, though: those wanting to go in blind may want to steer clear of them for now. Possible spoilers could be found within, even if they are fairly vague – and also rhyme.

  • Episode 1: The End’s Beginning – A monster slain, a butcher named
  • Episode 2: Four Marks – We look at a Sorceress’s earlier days
  • Episode 3: Betrayer Moon – A picky eater, a family shamed
  • Episode 4: Of Banquets, Bastards, and Burials – The Law of Surprise is how one repays
  • Episode 5: Bottled Appetites – A fateful meeting, a bard is maimed
  • Episode 6: Rare Species – The hunt for a dragon is underway
  • Episode 7: Before a Fall – A return to before a kingdom is flamed
  • Episode 8: Much More – The Witcher family, as you all like to say

The Witcher Netflix series posters

There has been one main Witcher Netflix series poster so far. It shows off Geralt’s… posterior. Let’s mark this down as semi-NSFW.

There’s also a trio of character posters to coo over, featuring separate key art for Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.

The Witcher season 2 is official

Don’t worry about The Witcher being one-and-done. Season 2 has been greenlit by Netflix, but no release date has yet been given for the second round of Geralt’s adventures.

That could be just the beginning. Speaking to sister publication SFX magazine, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich said of her future plans for the Netflix series: “Second season? I’ve done it for seven seasons!"