Netflix’s The Witcher is currently filming for the much anticipated second season at Fountains Abbey in Northern England. At Redanian Intelligence, we have followed the production closely and today we are very pleased to get you an exclusive first look at the new Nilfgaardian armor, which you can see here.
As promised, we have more content to show you and this one will come as a big surprise for readers of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. A massive spoiler warning ahead though! Don’t read beyond this point if haven’t read the books or want to enjoy season two unspoiled.
Courtesy of photographer Terry Blackburn, here’s the first full look at the elven sorceress Francesca Finabair, played by Mecia Simson in the second season.
Francesca is walking alongside Mimi Ndiweni’s Fringilla but most importantly, the photo reveals that the elf is with child. This is a very notable change from the Francesca readers know from the books. In Sapkowski’s world elves rarely give birth to children as their fertility is much reduced compared to humans. Interestingly enough, reliable insider Daniel Ritchman had previously leaked a character sheet for Francesca that described her as a ‘mother who would do anything to protect her child’.
A second interesting observation is that Francesca is plucking a white rose. In Blood of Elves, white roses are significant as they are named after the elven heroine Aelirenn and grow within the ruins of the elven palace of Shaerrawedd. This makes our speculation that Fountains Abbey will stand in for Shaerrawedd and its surroundings even more likely.
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