Henry Cavill fans have vowed to boycott the next series of The Witcher after the show’s star exited his role to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth.
Superman star Cavill, 40, was hugely popular with viewers of the Netflix fantasy series – so when he announced his departure with Hemsworth, 33, set to step into his character’s shoes, many of his fans said they would be leaving with him.
Netflix has streamed the final episodes with Cavill as lead role Geralt of Rivia in the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and it was an emotional watch for his adoring fans.
Read more: The Witcher: Why is Henry Cavill leaving the Netflix show?
One person tweeted: “The saddest 7 seconds of my @Netflix life so far, happened to me today. Good-bye to the Geralt of Rivera we knew. Henry Cavill. This episode has been a depressing experience.”
Another viewer shared: “Heartbroken to know I won’t see him in another season. Thank you, Henry Cavill, for bringing Geralt to life. You will always be my Witcher – The White Wolf.”
Cavill made his exit from season three of the series, but a season four is still planned, with Hemsworth set to take over as mutated monster hunter Geralt.
However, many of Cavill’s supporters said they would not be watching the new episodes.
One person tweeted: “Sad to see Henry Cavill go from the Witcher he was perfect casting to play as Geralt shall miss his interpretation of the character, I can’t and won’t watch season 4 I know for a fact it won’t feel the same or feel right.”
Someone else agreed: “The Witcher is Henry Cavill. If he’s not there I won’t watch it.”
Another fan wrote: “The last season of the witcher, because without henry cavill I won’t watch it anymore.”
Others added that they could not see Hemsworth as the lead character: “Let’s see what Liam can do but not seeing Henry is gonna be hard.”
Someone else added: “The Witcher is not gonna be the same without Henry Cavill. All the best Liam.”
Another viewer wrote: “Can anyone give an example when recasting the MAIN character (who is adored by fans) ever made the show better? I’ll wait.”
One person shared a behind the scenes cast photo including Cavill and wrote: “This is the last picture of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. He was supposed to be the Viggo Mortensen to Aragorn, the Ryan Reynolds to Deadpool, the Christian Bale to Patrick Bateman, but the Witcher Netflix showrunners had different plans. What a waste.”
Another viewer agreed: “Henry Cavill no longer being Geralt is one of the biggest casting fumbles in media history.”
Other Witcher fans thanked Cavill for his interpretation of Geralt, as one tweeted: “Thank you, Henry Cavill, for bringing Geralt of Rivia to life on the small screen. You’ll always be Geralt to me.”
Read more: The Witcher producers say Henry Cavill left Netflix show with his ‘head held high and passing the reins’
Someone else commented: “henry cavill is geralt of rivia. thank you for bringing life to this character, and fighting for it. irreplaceable and unmatched.”
Although Cavill hasn’t shared his reasons for leaving The Witcher, he announced his departure in October 2022, saying: “My journey as Geralt Of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for season four.
“In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men.”