In an interview with Polygon, Bola Ogun, the director of The Witcher, explained the significance of Geralt's final fight scene in the third season and how it served as a perfect send-off for Henry Cavill, who announced that he was leaving the show before season 4. Ogun described the scene as a chapter closing on its own, a fitting end to Cavill's portrayal of the monster hunter.
The final fight scene was designed to evoke a feeling of change, which aligns with the season's political themes and Cavill's departure. Ogun wanted to create a continuation that felt different, like a long, soft goodbye. The episode focused on political espionage and the magical themes of the Brokilon Forest, exploring new aspects of the show. Ogun emphasized the feeling of magic and the sense that something significant was changing.
While there was intrigue about how the show would handle Cavill's departure and Liam Hemsworth taking over as Geralt, the final scene of The Witcher season 3 was more subtle. Geralt, on his journey to find Ciri, encounters a family of refugees being harassed by guards at a checkpoint. Despite being warned to stay out of it, Geralt witnesses the guards take a doll from the family's little girl and jumps into action. What follows is a bloody and intense battle, with Geralt and his team emerging victorious. The season ends with Geralt and his new team walking into the sunset, ready to continue their quest to find Ciri.
Although the final scene didn't provide answers about Geralt's transformation or Hemsworth's arrival, it served as a strong send-off for Cavill. Ogun described it as an emotional and epic frame for his exit, subtly teasing what is to come with Hemsworth's portrayal of Geralt. The Witcher season 3 handled Cavill's departure in a way that satisfied viewers while paving the way for the next chapter of the show.