Henry Cavill's brutalist fantasy series The Witcher returns for a third season this month. But it's not as easy as that, as in a rare move by Netflix they're splitting it up into two parts.
The Witcher season 3 volume 1 will be released Thursday, June 29, presumably at 3am EST - that's midnight pacific time, which is where Netflix's home offices are. The Witcher season3 volume 1 will contain the first five episodes of the season, presumably with some kind of cliffhanger beore the final three.
The Witcher season 3 volume 2 will be released Thursday, July 27, with the last three episodes of Cavill's final season. While three epsodies, given how its being packaged you could treat this as a movie-length finale to the Cavill era of The Witcher.
While it may seem odd to release it in two chunks, it's something Netflix has done for years - most notably with the later seasons of Stranger Things.
This, however, has some added significance as it'll be the finale of Cavill as the Witcher. Liam Hemsworth will be taking over the franchise for the as-yet-undated Witcher season 4 - presumably not just as a Witcher, but as Cavill's Geralt of Rivia. While not confirmed, it's possible this 3-episode finale of season 3 could provide some storyline reason of the on-screen change.
"As monarchs, mages, and beasts of the Continent compete to capture her, Geralt takes Ciri into hiding, determined to protect his newly-reunited family against those who threaten to destroy it," reads Netflix's description of the Witcher season 3. "Entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer leads them to the protected fortress of Aretuza, where they hope to uncover more about the girl’s untapped powers; instead, they discover they’ve landed in a battlefield of political corruption, dark magic, and treachery. They must fight back, put everything on the line – or risk losing each other forever."
Confused? Here's how to watch the Witcher in chronological (or release) order.