The Witcher has recently halted production after four crew members tested positive for COVID 19, marking the second pandemic intermission of the Henry Cavill series. While the cast and crew await the greenlight to proceed with filming, we were able to uncover new details of a scene shot a very long time ago in Bourne Wood, Surrey.
We first reported on the filming of this sequence back in February. Back then, we shared pictures from the location featuring numerous dead bodies scattered across the green hills of Bourne Wood. Today, we have new pictures and details courtesy of production enthusiast Sara Talib, who was lucky enough to see the crew in action back in February. Talib most recently captured videos of Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra’s stunt double filming a scene at Frensham Little Pond, so if you missed that do check it out as well.
From what we were told, the scene featured not just bodies but also many fires. Our source informed us that there were multiple cast members on location, including one who was screaming “Yennefer” rather loudly. Our source believes the screamer was Tissaia de Vries (played by MyAnna Buring), and that would certainly make sense as she was last seen searching for Yennefer on the scorched battlefield at Sodden Hill at the end of season one.
Talib has also provided us three short videos taken on location in February. In the first video, we can see the crew decorating the location with body parts: prop horse limbs and headless human bodies. We can also see fake rocks that were placed there.
In the second video, we can see the crew preparing the location by spraying a substance on the grass. This could have been fake snow or some form of coloration.
In the final video, our source believes she has spotted Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer on location. We reported Dormer’s visit to the set a few weeks later, after trying to investigate the possibility that she joined The Witcher‘s cast. It was then confirmed by Netflix that Dormer was not joining the cast of The Witcher season two. It’s likely that the actress dropped by the set to meet friends among the cast and crew. In the video, we can see three figures on horses, and one or more could be Witcher cast members. What do you think?
We hope The Witcher‘s cast and crew are keeping safe in England and wish the affected crew members a speedy recovery. With some luck, filming should resume in and around Arborfield Studios in the coming weeks, with an estimated release in the summer of 2021.