Perhaps the most well-received scene in The Witcher‘s first season was the fight at the Blaviken marketplace, where Henry Cavill’s Geralt confronted Renfri and her band of outlaws. Considered the show’s best fight scene to date, and perhaps one of television’s best fight scenes, the Blaviken sequence was choreographed by Mission Impossible‘s stunt master Wolfgang Stegemann. As filming continues for The Witcher‘s second season, we’re happy to report that Stegemann has been seen on location with The Witcher‘s cast and crew, and it appears that he is once again involved in the reshoots of a crucial fight scene.
On the weekend, we reported that director Stephen Surjik has made a surprising return to the set as filming took to Bourne Woods (as well as a description of a scene involving Henry Cavill). Surjik had previously suggested that he had wrapped filming for his episodes (the first and second episodes of season two) and had since transitioned to post-production. It seems, however, that Surjik and showrunner Lauren Hissrich have decided to reshoot certain scenes after putting together the episodes in the editing room.
And now, with master stunt choreographer Wolfgang Stegemann on location and the arrival of several key cast members, we have a pretty good idea which scenes Surjik is filming. This fight scene is likely one we have learned about in September, and will occur in the ruined fortress of Kaer Morhen (and, apparently, in the nearby woods as well).
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Naturally, this scene involves Henry Cavill’s Geralt, but he isn’t the only witcher participating in the big fight. Besides Cavill, Basil Eidenbenz’s Eskel was also on location. It is quite likely that Freya Allan’s Ciri, Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir, Paul Bullion’s Lambert, and Yasen Atour’s Coën were on there as well, as they were involved in the fight scene filmed in August. On top of the witchers known to fans of the books and the games, the show is introducing several new witcher characters who will participate in the fight, some of whom have been rehearsing with the show’s stunt team over the past few days.
Who are they fighting? Speculation has been wild with regards to the enemy that can handle so many witchers all at once. Fans have speculated that these witchers are fighting a particularly menacing monster (such as the leshy we have heard will appear in the second season), or perhaps even fighting amongst themselves. As these scenes are shot in secrecy, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for this question to be answered.
As it happens, Stephen Surjik is not the only director now filming The Witcher at Bourne Woods. The Netflix crew is apparently filming multiple episodes in this location, including scenes directed by Sarah O’Gorman (The Last Kingdom, Cursed) and Louise Hooper (Fresh and Blood, Cheat). One of these scenes seems to involve Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, as onlookers have placed her on location as well. In what may be an entirely separate scene, Tom Canton’s Elven king Filavandrel has also tweeted from the set during the weekend.
Whatever the reason Surjik and Hissrich decided to revisit this fight scene, we’re glad that they were able to bring Wolfgang Stegemann back on board. With him there, we have no doubt that The Witcher is cooking up another epic fight sequence for one of the season’s early episodes.
What happened to The Witcher‘s other fight choreographer then? Well, we’re not quite certain. Before the lockdown the position was occupied by Thomas Hacikoglu, who worked with Stegemann on the Blaviken fight, but currently he seems to be working on the Mission: Impossible films.
Stegemann was also working on them and perhaps he will resume his work later as well. In that case, we don’t know who the main fight choreographer for The Witcher currently is.
If you’re curious to learn some potential spoilers regarding this scene, make sure to read our September report linked below.