Netflix has recently relocated production of The Witcher season two to England’s beautiful Lake District, with Henry Cavill seen filming in three locations as Geralt of Rivia, including one scene with his witcher brother Paul Bullion (Lambert). It seems, however, that the production is not settling in the Lake District for the next few weeks, but various areas across Northern England. As we reported on Sunday, filming is currently taking place at the High and Low Force Waterfalls in County Durham. This time, it does not involve Henry Cavill, but two other central cast members.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the novel Blood of Elves, which will be adapted in The Witcher‘s second season. If you wish to watch season two with no prior knowledge, this article is not for you.
UPDATE: We now have a short video of the scene, along with these cast members
These videos come courtesy of an eagle-eyed Instagrammer who traveled to the waterfalls earlier today. In the above video, we can see what looks like Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri) in costume during a drone shoot. The two appear to have come out of the river. The drone can be seen in a second video.
This is all very exciting. It does look like Ciri and Yennefer are sharing a scene. It’s not clear what they were doing in the river and how the broken bridge plays into that. Perhaps this is part of Ciri’s magic training? Are they escaping an unseen third party? Or are they just splashing around and enjoying some quality mother-daughter time? From the quality of this footage, it’s very hard to tell, but we’re trying to find out more. Stay tuned!
After filming at the Lake District focused mainly on Henry Cavill’s Geralt, fans of the show have started wondering about the other stars of the series. Both of The Witcher‘s leading women have been spotted near the Low Force Waterfall on Monday.
The tip comes from a local who was lucky enough to walk past the crew during filming of season two, and they reportedly saw both Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer and Freya Allan’s Ciri on location. The bystander is not certain whether Chalotra and Allan shared a scene or filmed for two entirely different sequences. We are also hearing that stunt doubles and horses were on location for this shoot, which is expected to last until Wednesday.
Is it possible that Yennefer has met Ciri? In short, absolutely. Last week, we were able to confirm that director Louise Hooper (Fresh and Blood) has joined the crew and may replace Geeta Patel as director of the sixth and seventh episodes of season two (which will have eight episodes in total). In fact, Hooper has already begun filming, having completed a scene at Rydal Caves in the Lake District alongside Henry Cavill.
The season’s later episodes are expected to tell stories set after Geralt and Ciri leave the fortress of Kaer Morhen. Book readers will know that, after Kaer Morhen, Geralt leaves Ciri in the care of the priestess Nenneke at the Temple of Melitele. It is in this temple that Ciri is first introduced to Yennefer, when the powerful sorceress accepts Geralt’s request to teach Ciri how to control her magical powers. Should The Witcher follow the novels in this storyline, Yennefer and Ciri will most likely have met in time for the sixth and seventh episodes.
It’s important to note that there is a second possibility, one that is not unlikely. A week before filming began in County Durham, The Witcher had filmed two completely different scenes in adjacent locations: the first involved Yennefer, and the second involved Geralt and Ciri. The same could be happening at Low Force Waterfall right now. We have not yet confirmed which director was present for filming, but it’s likely that either Hooper or Sarah O’Gorman (The Last Kingdom) were there, as only they have been filming lately. O’Gorman is in charge of episodes three and four, and we don’t expect Yennefer and Ciri to meet that early.
We’ll be updating this article with more details as soon as we have a clearer picture of the scenes filmed at Low Force Waterfall. In the meantime, we can’t help but get excited at the thought of Yennefer and Ciri finally sharing a scene (if this is indeed the case). And what would Yennefer and Ciri do on the road near a broken bridge? Perhaps, they are on the road to Aretuza? Or just practicing magic? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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