The last time @GoTlikeLocations was able to visit the set in Hungary, he brought us an inside look at the show’s filming of a Nilfgaardian siege. His next report gives a closer (and bloodier) look at The Witcher’s sets than we’ve ever seen before. Those concerned about the show’s production values following the Nilfgaardian armor debacle can rest easy – The Witcher will at least have beautiful set design. Read on for some exclusive photos from the sets near Gyarmatpuszta Hunting Lodge in Hungary.
A Return to Gyarmatpuszta
This location was the production’s home base for three weeks of shooting, and we can now confirm it involved many different sets and scenes. The first of them to leak was that of the Nilfgaardian camp, the scene of the controversial Nilfgaardian armor.
Revealed below are two new sets used in this very same lakeside forest. These exclusive pictures were taken by our location scout, @GoTlikeLocations. The sets were left abandoned by the crew shortly after filming on the location had wrapped, but our scout was able to visit before they tore the sets down completely. The first will be what we call the “logging camp”.
The Logging Camp
So that’s it for our logging camp. This set was larger and more detailed than we’d expected. The big tent in particular is very interesting. Many beds are laid out inside, and there is a large blood cannister and even a bloody rag left on the ground within. Could these beds belong to the wounded? Perhaps to the sorceresses of Sodden Hill, Triss and Yennefer, both of whom get wounded in that battle in the books? Or perhaps it is Geralt who we will find here, being treated by another sorceress (more important to him than he could imagine), a woman named Visenna? It is possible neither guess is accurate; only time will tell.
Now, we proceed to Gyarmatpuszta’s second set. This one, GoTlikeLocations wasn’t able to spot on his first visit, and so very little of it remained (though still enough to let the mind run wild). We’ll call it “the farm”.
So what was “the farm” used for? Well, your guess is as good as ours. That said, we’ll go ahead and guess anyway. Since both Henry Cavill and Freya Allan (Geralt and Ciri) were on location at one point or another, as well as Jack Wolfe who plays Nadbor… We believe this might be Nadbor’s home, and that of his father Yurga.
Yurga (whose actor is yet to be revealed) is a central character in the short story Something More, which will be adapted in the season one finale. He helps a wounded Geralt recover and takes the witcher under his wing, only to lead him towards the person he had never expected to find. Could the farm be the location where Geralt and Ciri share the series’ most iconic hug?
Regardless of which scenes will occupy these locations, one thing is certain: if these abandoned sets are anything to go by, The Witcher’s production team is sparing no expense on set design. We can’t wait to see the sets come to life when the show airs this December. In the meantime, Redanian Intelligence will keep you covered with all the news, scoops and updates. Stay tuned…