Updated: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and others filmed on location at Gyarmatpuszta, Hungary


Though our past few articles focused on the Nilfgaardian siege camp, it wasn’t the only location used for May’s third week of filming. The week’s second location was a lakeside forest by Gyarmatpuszta Hunting Lodge at Kumarom-Esztergom, Hungary. While a siege was waged at Paty, Pest, the filming at Gyarmatpuszta involved a more intimate shoot and a completely different cast. Lead actor Henry Cavill, our Geralt, was among them.

UPDATE: A source has now provided us a video taken on location, confirming that Freya Allan (who plays Princess Ciri) was indeed filming by the lake as first speculated here. To respect the young young actress’ privacy, we have chosen not to share this video here as it was originally shared on a private account. We will describe it instead.

The video shows Freya near the lake the morning after a night shoot. In the video, she is seen with Ciri’s iconic ashen hair (and a lot of dirt). Freya writes that she was filming night shoots all week long, which means she could have been filming scenes with Cavill (or perhaps filming in the Nilfgaardian camp after being snatched by a certain knight with wings on his helmet). Read the original article below for pictures of the crew on location and other cast members spotted by the lake.

A new crew picture, described as “swamp filming”

The crew first arrived at Gyarmatpuszta on Monday, May 13, while continuing to film the siege camp sequence. Upon arrival, the crew quickly ran into the local wildlife (including boars and deer). The boars especially were a highlight, as they visited the set many times and are all over the crewmembers’ social media. Click here for a short video of the boars’ set visit, and scroll down for more pics and info.

Boars on a set visit
Deer, spotted nearby the show’s location
A truck on its way to the crew’s base camp
The road leading to a Witcher location
The Witcher crew clearly love mud
Filming equipment used for long panning shots
The crew filming on the lakebed using a crane

As mentioned, Henry Cavill (who spent the weekend back home in Jersey for the Durrell Challenge) returned to Budapest and was almost certainly filming scenes at Gyarmatpuszta. Henry’s hair stylist, Jacqui Rathore, was on location; that means Henry must have been close by. Who else was on location with Henry? Several key cast members and one new one. Since they filmed there for six days straight, it’s quite possible that the forest will be used for multiple scenes and multiple locations in-universe, and potentially even in different episodes. The first cast member we will discuss is the newcomer.

New cast member Jack Wolfe, whose role is unknown

Actor Jack Wolfe was on location on May 13 and was still in Budapest during the weekend. Though his CV has yet to mention The Witcher, we can’t imagine what else he’d be doing there. More interestingly, Kata Balogh, stunt actress and circus performer, was also on location. Kata has likely stunted for Therica Wilson-Read (who plays sorceress Sabrina) in the past as she was present at Egri Var’s mage filming several times. However, now that Therica has wrapped, it appears Kata is stunting for another role. With Freya Allan still in Budapest and since she matches Kata’s height and hairstyle, it’s quite possible these scenes will feature Ciri as well.

Which scenes could feature Geralt and Ciri together in the wilderness? Readers of the book will remember that Geralt and Ciri spent several days together as they traveled to the heart of Brokilon forest. It is important to note, however, that this is just speculation on our part (we were not able to confirm that Freya was here, so her filming may have been for the Nilfgaardian scenes).

A fan illustration of Geralt, Ciri and dryad Braenn, found on tumblr

Additionally, Jack Wolfe is now following season finale director Marc Jobst on twitter, which implies Marc was also on location (and that the Nilfgaardian siege was directed by another, likely Alik Sakharov). If all these scenes are indeed from the season one finale, Brokilon seems less likely, as it happens chronologically before the siege of Cintra. Keep in mind that these scenes might not all be part of the same sequence or even the same episode. However, if all of this shooting is for one sequence, these next two actors should come as a surprise.

On Saturday, May 18, Mate Haumann (whose role in the show is yet unknown) posted a video from what appears to be the exact same spot. A likely candidate for Mate’s character was Yurga, the farmer who saves Geralt in the books’ final short story (which will presumably be adapted for the season finale). However, the arrival of another cast member — also on Saturday — puts that theory to question. Mahesh Jadu, aka Vilgefortz, shared pictures from an area 10 minutes away from Gyarmatpuszta and later shared pictures of a filming location which is most likely near where the rest of the action took place. With Mahesh and Mate on location at the same time, it seems likely they will be sharing a scene, perhaps with other actors as well.

Heading into the weekend and long after the crew wrapped filming for the Nilfgaardian siege camp, the show continued filming scenes in this lakeside forest. The focus appears to have shifted towards night shoots, as several crew members and even showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich herself were present from dusk till dawn. “We’ve been doing exterior nightshoots for two weeks with a lot of rain and temperatures in the low-mid 40s,” says a crew member on social media. “We’ve been bundled up each evening in many layers of clothing and boots. Summertime in Hungary!”

The crew gathered in the forest by Gyarmatpuszta during a night shoot
The light of a fake moon, perhaps. “No filter”.
The crew prepping for a shoot. Is that Mahesh in the center?
More filming by the lake, this time at night
A Nilfgaardian tent, and our best look yet at Nilfgaardian soldiers. Uploaded May 18, likely from the same location.
Mud isn’t the only thing common on a Witcher set, smoke is as well
The day breaks at Gyarmatpuszta as the nightshoot comes to an end
A picture taken on location by the crew
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich, the morning after

Are all of these scenes part of the season finale, or do they belong to various episodes? Do they stand for the same location, or multiple places in the show’s story? Or, perhaps, will they all stand in for Sodden, as we see various groups of characters journeying through it in the season finale? As of now, your guess is as good as ours. Hopefully all will be revealed soon as filming of The Witcher reaches its final lap.

Stay tuned with Redanian Intelligence as we have a number of posts coming up (some soon, others later on) which are sure to ease the troubling silence of the coming news drought.

Sunrise at Gyarmatpuszta, the morning after an extensive nightshoot

12 comments on “Updated: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and others filmed on location at Gyarmatpuszta, Hungary”

  1. It has been awhile since I read “Sword of Destiny” but could Jack Wolfe possibly be playing Kistrin? I don´t remember if he actually appears in the books but I remember Ciri telling Geralt about Kistrin and that she is forced to marry him, which is the reason for her to run away…

    Also, great work with the site guys! You´re doing an absolute outstanding job in feeding us with all the latest news on the show!

    1. Thanks a lot!

      He could be Kistrin (though he would probably not be in the forest), or maybe one of the children the dryads shot down. But it might not be from The Sword of Destiny. Could be that Ciri’s scenes were her being captured by Cahir, as there was the Nilfgaardian camp in the later pics.

    1. Since it was taken from Freya’s private account, we’d rather not share it here against her wishes. But I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the net

  2. Were you guys able to get a glimpse at Freya´s costume? I am very curious about Ciri´s look in the show.. In the books it is suggested that she looks very tomboyish. Can you give us some info on this?

    1. Not really, just her hair, which looks great. Ashen, quite long and a little wavy. I imagine she will become more tomboyish as she enters Witcher training in later seasons

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