‘The Witcher’ Season 3’s Cast Is Fighting for Power on the Continent

The Continent of The Witcher is populated by elves, dryads, dwarves, halflings, humans, witchers, monsters and mages — and all of them are fighting for power. Keep track of the key players with this guide to the world of The Witcher,which returns for Season 3 starting on June 29.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

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Geralt’s a witcher by occupation — a mutant warrior who hunts monsters for money — but he’s also a father thanks to the destiny that brings him together with his young ward, Princess Cirilla (aka Ciri) of Cintra. Now he’s dedicated to keeping her safe, training her in the ways of being a witcher and entrusting her care to the woman he loves, Yennefer of Vengerberg. In Season 3, Geralt is reunited with Yen and Ciri and willing to do anything to protect his found family.

“It’s quite lovely to see that underneath this cynical, acerbic, walls-up kind of nature is actually a very loving core,” Cavill told Tudum in May. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s all-American hero Superman, whom Cavill played in the DC movies beginning in 2013. The British actor’s other massive action hits include Mission: Impossible — Fallout and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., though you might recognize him from The Tudors or as famous detective Sherlock Holmes in the Enola Holmes movies.

Anya Chalotra

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg

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Yennefer survived a childhood of neglect to become the most powerful sorceress ever produced by the magical academy of Aretuza. Once she crosses paths with Geralt, the mage’s priorities change. She’s drawn not only to Geralt, her true love, but to the opportunity to train young Ciri — someone who reminds her much of herself at that age. “These feelings towards [Ciri] are deep and strong, and come as a surprise,” Chalotra told Tudum of how Yen embraces motherhood. “She went into this relationship for herself, and in it found a purpose beyond anything she’s set her heart on before. She cares deeply about something bigger than herself for the first time.” First, however, she must repair her relationship with her own mother figure, Tissaia.

Chalotra’s pre-Witcher credits include the Netflix relationship drama series Wanderlust, alongside Toni Collette, and the Agatha Christie mini-series The ABC Murders.

Freya Allan

Freya Allan as Princess Cirilla of Cintra

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The heir to the Cintran throne narrowly escapes with her life when the power-hungry Nilfgaard captures her country. Ciri is the prophesied Child of Elder Blood, whose untapped magical powers are supposed to save Elfkind, which makes her a target of every faction on the Continent — including her father Emhyr (Bart Edwards), who just happens to be the emperor of Nilfgaard. Geralt and Yennefer strive to protect Ciri by taking her under their wing and training her. 

Even with the guidance of her two parental mentors, Ciri still has several obstacles to overcome. “Ciri does want to be able to learn magic,” Allan told Tudum. “She’s [just] beginning to get frustrated because she feels hopeless at it. She doubts herself in every way.” 

The Witcher is Allan’s first major project. She can next be seen in the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

Joey Batey

Joey Batey as Jaskier

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Geralt has the bard Jaskier to thank for the song that haunts him every time he walks into a tavern. (How many times can he hear “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” before he punches someone in the face?) But thanks to their nomadic lifestyles, the two become friends and, by Season 3, chosen family. Jaskier becomes a sort of uncle to Ciri and is invested in helping Geralt and Yen protect her. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the man who was helping refugee elves escape Redania safely under the alias “the Sandpiper” also gets drawn further into the war brewing on the Continent.   

“He’s certainly a man of many trades, but I’m not sure he’s inherently built to be a spy,” Batey told Tudum in May. “Yet he’s found himself in a time of war, in turmoil and is trying to do his best to do something good.” 

British TV veteran Batey can be seen in costume dramas and crime dramas, including KnightfallC.B. Strike and The White Queen. And let’s not forget his memorable appearance in prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin.

MyAnna Buring 

MyAnna Buring as Tissaia

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The strict disciplinarian headmistress of Aretuza Academy, Tissaia is an expert in magic and a great judge of character and potential — so it isn’t surprising that she was willing to mentor Yennefer when no one else would. Though she can be ruthless, she cares deeply about the mages who survive her training. A member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, she and her lover, Vilgefortz, hope to start a new era for the organization.

The Witcher isn’t Buring’s first foray into genre entertainment — she’s appeared in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and even voiced a character in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine video game. She’s also known for her TV work, including Downton Abbey, Ripper Street, In the Dark, One Night and The Salisbury Poisonings.

Mahesh Jadu

Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz

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Handsome, tall and mysterious, Vilgefortz is a charismatic mage with a military history. Together with Tissaia, his partner in love and politics, he’s trying to steer the Brotherhood in a new direction.

Like many of his fellow Australian actors, Jadu got his start on the soap opera Neighbours before making a name in films including I, Frankenstein and The Lovers and the series Marco Polo.

Anna Shaffer

Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold

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An ally of Geralt’s who’s saved his life more than once, Triss is one of the Continent’s leading botany experts and knows all about healing and magic-involving plants. She, too, takes Ciri under her wing and harbors romantic feelings for Geralt, though they’re unreciprocated.

Shaffer is best known for playing the lovestruck witch Romilda Vane in the Harry Potter series and for portraying Ruby Button for three-plus years on British soap Hollyoaks.

A trusted Redanian servant and lady’s maid in King Vizimir’s household, Eva has a connection with Philippa.

Most recently on London’s West End in As You Like It, Watson has appeared on- screen in episodes of The PeripheralEastEndersBritannia and Holby City.

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