Filming for the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, begins in less than one month. Though much is kept under wraps about the second season, Redanian Intelligence has been uncovering a series of reports throughout the last two week (including the potential casting of Game of Thrones‘ Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen). In this next report, we’re happy to announce that season two of The Witcher will introduce one of our own: Redanian Spymaster Sigismund Dijkstra. What’s more, we have the audition script used to cast the role.
This news comes via an audition clip shared by actor Graham McTavish (well known for his roles in The Hobbit, Outlander, Preacher and Lucifer among many others), who reads for a character called “David”. Much like the casting of season one, The Witcher season two is casting characters under code names (David, naturally, is not a name befit of the Continent). For instance, in season one, the character Istredd was named “Isaac” in his audition script while Renfri became “Riley”. The “David” in question is, without question, our Redanian Spymaster (and it’s not just the first letter of his name that lines up).
Another important note regarding this script is that it is almost certainly not an actual scene from season two. In season one, showrunner Lauren Hissrich and her team wrote several scripts specifically for the auditions so as not to reveal spoilers, and this is probably the case here too. With all caveats behind us, and without further ado, we’re happy to present the script for Netflix’s Sigismund Dijkstra.
Update: The original video has been removed but we have linked a backup below.
Dijkstra Audition Script
In my line of work, today’s gossip is next month’s news
King Vizimir: For such a large man “David”, you move remarkably like the wind, though in this case a foul one.
Dijkstra: (Smiles) Can’t be that foul, it took you an eternity to take notice.
King Vizimir: It’s your reputation of getting new information that worries my senses.
Dijkstra: I’ll be gentle, you won’t feel a thing. Now, after the stunning escape of the prisoner in the East, I thought you want to hear the news, right away.
King Vizimir: It’s more gossip than news.
Dijsktra: Well, in my line of work today’s gossip is next month’s news.
King Vizimir: That could be your motto for life.
Dijkstra: Hmm… The East believe themselves to be powerful, and yet how quickly they take the will of the kings to heart?
King Vizimir: And if this escape is true…
Dijkstra: Oh don’t worry, they may have lengthened the necks of few of my spies, but I have plenty more.
King Vizimir: You just finished a war you can’t possibly want to start another.
Dijkstra: No, but a coup is possible. And the best way to keep their swords in their scabbards is to keep them down.
King Vizimir: What do you want of me?
Dijkstra: A plan to do just that. Something smart, simple, behind the scenes in a way that only you and I can do best.
King Vizimir: And why do you place your bet on finding this escape artist?
Dijkstra: Well, the most important thing that I have discovered is that they have no fucking clue as to the current whereabouts of the prisoner. So find him, and you control the voice of the rebellion. You control the East and with it, all the power.
King Vizimir: Then it seems your trip was a success.
Dijkstra: I always like to take more than I give. Your Majesty.
We enjoyed McTavish’s audition quite a bit. Usually, when an audition makes its way online, that is a sign that the actor did not get the role, but this may not always be the case. As ever, Redanian Intelligence will continue to investigate this matter, and hopefully uncover other anticipated castings (such as the old witcher Vesemir and sorceress Philippa Eilhart, who should be included assuming the show follows the books). Stay tuned!
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