The Witcher season two will take Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) to Kaer Morhen, the ruin where all the witchers belonging to the School of the Wolf are trained at childhood. There, they will meet a number of new witchers from Geralt’s past, including his mentor and father figure Vesemir (Kim Bodnia) and the witchers Coën (Yasen Atour), Lambert (Paul Bullion) and Eskel (Thue Rasmussen). Until recently, it appeared that the show’s Kaer Morhen scenes will be similar to those in the novel Blood of Elves, but a series of new additions to the cast imply that the show is adding some interesting new material.
Naturally, there will be potential spoilers below the cut, so proceed at your own discretion.
After learning that season two will add several original witcher characters, all of whom will participate in a fight scene that involves the central Kaer Morhen cast (listed above), another batch of new cast members comes as a bit more of a surprise. Emily Byrt, who was first mentioned by another fan site, appears to have joined the cast and interacted with the characters of Kaer Morhen.
Joining her are model-actresses Chloe King and Sandy Amon Schwartz. Other models and actresses that seem to be involved include Claira Watson Parr, Maria Raduga, and Tash Soodeen. It is possible there were more actresses and actors involved. From what we have learned, they all wrapped filming on The Witcher yesterday, after a grueling 14 hours shoot.
What are these women doing in Kaer Morhen? Unfortunately, things have been rather secretive of late, with the production holed up in Arborfield Studios. Seeing as the show previously established that there are no female witchers on the Continent, this option does not seem very likely.
The character codenamed Anna (probably a placeholder name) is set to appear in one episode, and the casting team were looking for actresses aged 25-30. Anna is described as follows:
“A fierce sex worker, she joins a group of soldiers who she isn’t afraid to boss around.”
Interestingly, while the witchers of Kaer Morhen weren’t explicitly called soldiers in their casting descriptions, they were listed as “warriors” and “warrior-type”. We believe we might be close to something here.
If one of these actresses is playing the role of Anna, it’s possible the witchers of Kaer Morhen have invited some sex workers into the fortress. Why would they do that if the secrecy of the fortress’ location is paramount? And how would they fit into the action scene that involves so many witchers fighting something powerful? Those are really good questions, but honestly, we’re currently at a loss trying to explain that.
Of course, they could also be completely different roles that weren’t on Richtman’s list.
Aside from the ladies, young actor Basil Eidenbenz was also involved in the new Kaer Morhen scene. It’s quite possible that he is another one of the new witchers but, unlike the others, he doesn’t seem to have stunt experience. Speaking of the new witchers, it appears that stunt performer Nicolas Wang was also involved in the fight scene.
From what we can tell, this added Kaer Morhen sequence and the aforementioned fight scene were filmed by director Stephen Surjik (Umbrella Academy) and so it is likely to appear in the show’s second episode. How these new cast members will figure in the story of The Witcher season two is yet to be determined, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below or on our twitter page.
Stay tuned with Redanian Intelligence as we continue to cover the filming of The Witcher season two and its spin-offs.