Like it or not, it seems Season 4 will definitely be a turning point for The Witcher. If the show can manage its sprawling cast of characters, introduce cool storylines, and handle the transition from Cavill to Hemsworth with grace, it has met a challenge that will put Geralt’s worst enemies in the universe to shame and remain invincible as long as Netflix’s algorithms smile at it . If not…well, at least it was fun while it lasted.
The thing to remember here is that The Witcher has all the tools to make the change work. Really, assuming that Hemsworth is going to be as competent as there’s a fair reason to believe he’s going to be, the show just needs to … get on with what it’s been doing all along.
However. As the pressure mounts and the show’s biggest star leaves, many people might suddenly have suggestions on how to tinker with the premise or openly focus on specific characters. Maybe new, non-canonical characters will be introduced anyway, which definitely shouldn’t be introduced. There may be a temptation to take unnecessary liberties with some storylines from the source material, or unnecessary shortcuts with others.
There’s no reason to think The Witcher will fall into such a trap, and besides, it’s pretty difficult to jump the shark in a high-fantasy setting where such a storyline would just mark another Tuesday . However, if The Witcher can’t resist tinkering with what works – either to divert attention away from the recast or in an honest attempt to provide fire support for the new lead – the show could be in serious trouble.