In a special edition of Nowa Fantastyka magazine, Marcin Zwierzchowski interviews showrunner Lauren Hissrich and Executive Producer Tomek Baginski about The Witcher‘s most controversial apparel: the Nilfgaardian armor. This is only one small exchange in a thirteen-page report, which you can purchase and read in Polish.
Marcin Zwierzchowski: One of the hottest topics surrounding the ‘Witcher’ is the look of the Nilfgaardian armies.
Tomek Baginski: I want to specify that the pictures that leaked online were of extras from the back rows of the Nilfgaardian armies. I also think that once the viewers see those armors in good lighting, after post-production is done, the idea behind this look will be clear. The armors aren’t supposed to be expensive – Nilfgaard has a huge army and relies on those numbers. They won’t have many perfectly trained knights in shining armors, but opposite every knight like that, they can have a hundred soldiers.
Marcin Zwierzchowski: An army of expendable soldiers.
Lauren Hissrich: Exactly!
Tomek Baginski: The armours of Nilfgaardian higher-ups are different. For example Cahir. It has the same style, but you can easily recognize that it’s an armor of someone highborn, an officer.
Lauren Hissrich: Tomek put it perfectly. Compared to Cintra, where in the pilot episode we see Calanthe knighting new knights, people who trained for it, Nilfgaard generally recruits people from villages they conquered. Their armors aren’t forged by the royal armorer. They are dressed in something cheap.
This is just a taste from The Witcher‘s coverage in Nowa Fantastyka Magazine. Read the other excerpts: Andrzej Sapkowski on creative freedom and slavicness, Lauren Hissrich and Tomek Baginski on Henry Cavill’s immense dedication to Geralt of Rivia and Lauren, Freya and Anya on various topics.