Just a couple of weeks ago, Netflix entered production on the second season of their fantasy hit The Witcher starring Henry Cavill. Filming has mostly taken to various forests in the Surrey area near London with Cavill’s costars Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla), Tom Canton (Filavandrel) and Mecia Simson (Francesca Findabair). Though photos of the aforementioned cast memebers have already leaked online, Cavill himself had yet to turn up on location and the same was true for Freya Allan (Ciri).
Following a number of social media updates from Cavill’s personal entourage, we can now confirm that Cavill and Allan began filming on location at Bourne Wood towards the end of last week, alongside season one’s most important cast member.
Flown in from his home country of Hungary, the horse Zeus (who portrays the mare Roach in the show, with the digital removal of his genitals) has now reunited with Henry Cavill.
As previously reported, the scenes filmed at Bourne Wood appear to be the aftermath of the Battle of Sodden. Many bodies were spotted on location, as well as extras dressed in the old Nilfgaardian armor. At the end of season one, Geralt and Ciri finally met in the woods near the home of the merchant Yurga, and just a short ride from Sodden Hill (where the battle was fought). In order to get to Kaer Morhern, it appears Geralt and Ciri might have to ride through the battlefield.
It’s also possible that Henry and Freya have been filming in a separate location in the Bourne Woods, without the dead bodies and the Nilfgaardian corpses belong to an entirely different sequence. It’s hard to tell at this point.
In any case, shortly after that Geralt and Ciri are likely to run into an enchanted mansion, where resides a cursed man called Nivellen. Nivellen will be portrayed by Game of Thrones veteran Kristofer Hivju, who should be filming with Cavill and Allan the coming week. Agnes Born who portrays the bruxa (vampire) Vereena will be joining them as well.
The mansion sets that will be used for “A Grain of Truth” are built entirely on the grounds of Arborfield Studios, so there are no chances we’ll get any photos from paparazzis this time, unfortunately.
The Witcher Season 2 wraps on July 31 for a 2021 release.