The second season of Netflix’s fantasy hit The Witcher began filming earlier this month. While stars Henry Cavill and Freya Allan trained with The Witcher‘s new stunt team, Anya Chalotra joined the crew for a location shoot just outside of London. We have now uncovered exciting details about the shoot at Dorking, including exclusive pictures of the film site and extras in costume as The Continent’s fearsome Elven guerillas: the Scoia’tael.
Not long ago, it was revealed that the new season is introducing an important Elven character from the novels: Francesca Findabair. For those unfamiliar with Francesca, she is an incredibly powerful Elven sorceress described as “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Francesca eventually becomes the leader of a faction of Elves associated with King Filavandrel (played by Tom Canton), who only had an episodic role in the first season.
From what we’ve learned, Francesca and Filavandrel were both part of the scenes filmed at Dorking, as well as the character codenamed “Gary”, who is Francesca’s brother, invented specifically for the show. These three Elven cast members may have filmed alongside star Anya Chalotra as she has been seen on location this week as well as last week.
Filming took place in an Elven army camp for three days (starting Monday the 17th), and the cast was joined by dozens of extras in costume, wearing elven ears. Take a look at these exclusive images taken by our location scout @GoTlikeLocations.
We have also uncovered the following photos from one of the extras. Naturally, we blurred the face to keep her out of trouble.
As can be seen in the pictures, the Elves are wearing various different sets of armor and costumes (rather than uniform), which does fit in with the guerilla-like nature of the Scoia’tael. With these sets, season two’s new costume designer Lucinda Wright did not disappoint. Now we’re doubly interested to see Francesca’s costume.
Meanwhile in Arborfield, The Witcher‘s new home base, all is good and quiet. The work continues smoothly on the town set that may eventually become Oxenfurt, Gors Velen and others. It’s quite apparent now that the set won’t be finished soon and is intended to be used sometime in the coming months.
What could Yennefer be doing among the Elves? What exactly happened to her after the Battle of Sodden? What role will Francesca play in the upcoming season? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, or on our Twitter page!