As we are getting closer to May in our Redanian Archives series that explore each week of Netflix’s The Witcher filming, we couldn’t help but give individual spotlight to a few things we heard that were filmed around that time, including an action scene involving our lead actor Henry Cavill himself. If you don’t wish to know even minor spoilers, turn back!
First, we heard there was a scene where Geralt of Rivia finds himself in a Nilfgaardian camp sometime after the battle and has to fight ghouls. The camp is most likely the one with the trebuchet that we saw back in May. It could have been also the other one, in the woods, where we (conveniently) saw blood, but the source said it was Nilfgaardian, so probably the first one.
Interestingly, we heard the ghouls were played by little people. One ghoul even jumps at Geralt at one point. It isn’t clear whether ghouls in the series bipedal as seen in The Witcher game or quadrupedal as seen in The Witcher 3. Either way, Geralt will have his hands full fighting these monsters off.
The second thing we heard is that at some point during the battle we will see Mahesh Jadu‘s Vilgefortz “annihilate a survivor”. That was the wording. Most likely this is a scene where a wounded Nilfgaardian soldier begs Vilgefortz for mercy, but the bloodthirsty mage isn’t having any of it and finishes him off. It wasn’t specified how does he do it, though. With a deadly spell or with his fancy sword? Will be very interesting to find out in December.
What are the Nilfgaardians up to during the battle? We heard that Eamon Farren‘s Cahir will be seen leading his unit into battle. It is suspected that they are the reinforcements, but that isn’t clear. The commander of the Nilfgaardian army remains unindentified, yet he was described as a relatively thin man with short bright hair. Another character on the Nilfgaardian side is Fringilla Vigo, played by Mimi Ndiweni.
What about the now-infamous Nilfgaardian armour? Was it just one unit or an unfinished version? Our source reports that it wasn’t. All Nilfgaardian soldiers have the same outfits.
And that’s it for our Sodden report! Next up is Redanian Archives, Part X.