Netflix has entered production on the second season of Henry Cavill’s The Witcher earlier this month, filming on location with an army of Elves in the forests of Surrey. Though the last few days have been relatively quiet, the crew has been hard at work filming another sequence from one of the first two episodes. This one seems to involve a battle waged between Nilfgaard and an opposing force.
A report by Get Surrey confirms that Netflix has taken to Bourne Wood, a location previously used for a battle scene in Gladiator, the sixth Harry Potter film and many more. Onlookers have spotted an assortment of bodies spread out on location, including the fake corpses of horses. As well, extras have been spotted dressed in the old (and controversial) Nilfgaardian armor.
Though showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has already confirmed the Nilfgaardian armor will be redesigned in season two following fan feedback, it seems the armor will be used in the first few episodes for continuity reasons. As a reminder, season one ended with a major battle between Nilfgaard and the mages on Sodden Hill, and it’s likely the scene in question will serve as a followup to that.
Naturally, the old Nilfgaardian armor will have to reappear for these scenes, as they happen immediately after the battle where the old armor was used. The Nilfgaardians are expected to get a makeover later in season two, via new costume designer Lucinda Wright.
Netflix will be filming this sequence (and possibly others) in Bourne Wood until March 2, with various vehicles and horses and “pyrotechnics”. This sounds very much like a battle sequence, though it might also be the aftermath of one.
If a battle will indeed be fought early in season one, who could the Nilfgaardians be fighting? An obvious possibility is King Foltest of Temeria (played by Shaun Dooley) who joined the mages with his army in the season one finale, though it may also be the Scoia’tael (the Elven army). The fact that these corpses are chock-full of arrows may indicate that, as the bow is the go-to weapon of the Elven rebels.
Hopefully, more leaks and pictures will shed light on this sequence in the coming days. Stay tuned with Redanian Intelligence for all the details. In the meantime, take a look at the last big leak from season two, featuring Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla), Tom Canton (King Filavandrel) and new cast member Mecia Simson (Francesca).