February is a busy month for the The Witcher as showrunner Lauren Hissrich and her crew pull in 6-day weekdays to give us Season 2 at the earliest. Arborfield studios has been bustling the past few weeks with directors Louise Hooper and Sarah O’Gorman both working days and nights to wrap up their episodes. The main trio of Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan have also been filming almost continuously at Arborfield Studios.
Directors, new and old
Thanks to Lauren, we have come to know that one of the episodes currently in production is Episode 7 and it is still being tweaked here and there. As Lauren tagged O’Gorman as the director of the episode, we believe that following the exit of director Geeta Patel, the responsibilities of some directors changed.
Patel was supposed to direct episodes 6 and 7 and we assumed Louise Hooper simply took over, but it looks like the order of directors/episodes has changed, at least between O’Gorman and Hooper. Originally, Sarah O’Gorman was set to direct only episodes 3 and 4.
Witchers of Kaer Morhen
As mentioned above, Henry Cavill and Freya Allan were almost continuously on set lately and some of their scenes could still be in Kaer Morhen, finishing that storyline that is likely to fall in the first half of the season.
Jota Castellano, who plays one of the new witchers of Kaer Morhen posted about wrapping up after a year working on the project. We believe Nathaniel Jacobs, Joel Adrian and Max Kraus, who also play fellow witchers, and were on the set with Jota have wrapped too which means the Kaer Morhen plot of Season 2 is mostly done, at least for them.
Elves, mages and elven mages
Tom Canton (Filavandrel) and Mecia Simson (Francesca Findabair), also posted filming at the studios and so have Therica Wilson-Read and Royce Pierreson who play mages Sabrina and Istredd respectively, indicating some parts of the mage and elven storylines are being filmed as well. As we know from the photos we saw in November, Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer is likely involved as well.
The Empire Strikes Back
Some of the outdoor scenes filmed have also involved Nilfgaardian soldiers and a trebuchet. It is very likely that Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla) and Eamon Farren (Cahir) were also present though we do not have a confirmation of that. Although there were no major battles shown in Blood of Elves, it does look like we’ll see some Nilfgaardian action.
Season 1 favorites Bart Edwards and Gaia Mondadori are reprising their roles of Duny and Pavetta in Season 2 in what is possibly Cintra flashbacks. Director of Episode 8, Ed Bazalgette who will be directing them, is probably already in the studio or will be joining them very soon. Apart from all these wonderful cast members, actors who play extras were also spotted wearing finely embroidered clothes indicating they either play mages, royals, or upper-class civilians.
The Return of the King
In November 2020 we reported that the acclaimed Blaviken fight choreographer, Wolfgang Stegemann was back. We didn’t know at the time whether it was a one-off collaboration like the Blaviken fight or whether he would work on The Witcher more.
We’re happy to confirm that yes, Stegemann was often on set in the past two months at Arborfield Studios working on The Witcher Season 2. We’re very excited to see what else he brings to the table.
As we said, a lot is happening at Arborfield Studios and by the looks of it, February will continue to be a remarkably busy month for the Witcher crew as they work hard to wrap the final episodes by March.
Season 2 is expected to drop in the second half of 2021 and stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence as we bring you the latest news on Witcher filming in the final weeks.