On December of 2019, Netflix launched the first season of the Henry Cavill fantasy drama The Witcher, and it has quickly become one of the most popular shows of the year. Telling the tale of Geralt of Rivia, season one explored (among many other things) what it means to be a witcher. This means that Cavill’s character faced off against several monsters, and perhaps the most memorable monster of the season was the striga. If you have not yet seen The Witcher‘s third episode, be warned, there will be mild spoilers below the cut.
The striga is a young girl born under a curse. In fact, she is a princess and the daughter of an incestuous relationship between Temeria’s King Foltest and his sister Adda. Prowling the halls of Foltest’s abandoned castle as well as the nearby mines, the striga kills everything in its path. In episode three, “Betrayer Moon”, Geralt must lift her curse, without killing her.
Before the fight sequence was filmed with Daredevil director Alex Garcia Lopez, the scene was meticulously planned in a shot-by-shot storyboard drawn by concept artist Ferenc Nothof. Now that the show has released, Nothof has shared the scene’s storyboard.
If these shots look familiar to you, it’s because they are! Most of them made their way into the final edit of the sequence. Watch the clip below to see the striga in action.
Fortunately, the artist behind these storyboards has shared other scenes he worked on as well. One new storyboard features episode one’s Battle of Marnadal, where Queen Calanthe of Cintra (Jodi May) and King Eist Tuirseach (Bjorn Hylnur Haraldsson) fought against the Nilfgaardian army. Like the striga fight, this one closely resembles the final version of the scene.
Lastly, Nothof shared the storyboard of the season’s first monster: the kikimore. We’ve posted about it before, but if you have not yet seen it, make sure to take a look, as this one is quite different from the show’s final version.
With The Witcher‘s popularity on the rise, more and more proud artists are revealing their work on the show. We have previously uncovered behind-the-scenes monster images shared by the crew as well as pictures of the cast and early concept art of the show’s main locations.
The Witcher season two is scheduled for release in 2021. Season one is available now on Netflix.