After a short break, we’re back with another entry of Redanian Archives. For those unfamiliar, this series catalogues The Witcher‘s production week by week, with behind-the-scenes pictures and comparisons to released footage. Part IV will cover the crew’s return to Monostori Erod, where an important sequence was filmed: the Battle of Cintra.
Week 7: Blood and Snow
During the production’s seventh week of filming, one of the show’s units returned to Origo Studios to film internal scenes. The second unit traveled back to Fort Monostor at the Hungarian-Slovakian border. With blood, smoke, and fire in a passage familiar to us from the show’s teaser, it’s clear that the sequence filmed here was the Fall of Cintra.
Actors present on location for the Fall of Cintra include lead actress Freya Allan, who plays Princess Ciri, Maciej Musial who plays her knight protector Sir Lazlo, Adam Levy, who plays the druid (and friend of Cintra) Mousesack and possibly Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, who plays King Eist Tuirseach. On the Nilfgaardian side, we have Eamon Farren, who portrays the black knight Cahir Mawr Dyffryn Aep Ceallach.
Farren was invited for an interview with the UK’s Daily Express shortly after filming this sequence, and this is what he had to say:
“It kicked arse,” said Eamon of filming The Witcher, which is currently shooting in Budapest. “It feels like a dream to be able as an actor to, you know, be able to walk on a set like that and and fight and ride horses and yell those words. It’s what the young Eamon always wanted to do.”Eamon Farren via the Daily Express
During the seventh week of filming, the crew also filmed interior scenes in Origo Studios. Some of them, we know, involved the sorceresses of Aretuza: Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer of Vengerberg and MyAnna Buring‘s Tissaia de Vries. Below is a cute picture shared on MyAnna’s Instagram. Additionally, Gudmundur Thorvaldsson was present either for filming or costume fitting.
Week 8: The week before Christmas
Week 8 was the final week before the cast and crew took off for Christmas. During this week, the crew resumed filming at Origo Studios and also around Fort Monostor, this time focussing on the surrounding forests. These scenes include Ciri’s escape from Cintra as she runs through the snowy forests on her own.
Other than Freya Allan, we know of two other actors who were in Budapest for filming. The first is Royce Pierreson, who plays Yennefer’s love interest Istredd. In his Instagram post below, he writes about his experience filming for The Witcher. Next is actress Ella-Rae Smith, whose role is yet unknown. Ella-Rae shared pictures from Budapest, which points to her filming her scenes around that time.
With filming of week 8 wrapped, the cast and crew were released for the Christmas break, and we’ll end this article on that note. In the next Redanian Archives, we’ll be diving into the show’s filming in the month of January. See you soon!