The main star of Netflix’s The Witcher is known to be an avid fan of The Witcher franchise including the games as well as the books. And like any avid fan, he is also an advocate for a faithful adaptation, even when sometimes it isn’t possible. In a new Polish interview with Marcin Zwierzchowski, Henry Cavill reveals that he once just went in front of a camera and performed dialogue straight from the books that wasn’t in the script:
“There is a fragment right at the beginning of Blood of Elves where Geralt loses consciousness on Sodden Hill. Geralt experiences a vision at the moment and talks to Death. Then, beautiful words are uttered about crossing the meadow and the fog,” Cavill begins, talking about a scene that happens not really in Blood of Elves, but rather at the end of Something More.
“There was no such scene in the series”, he continues, “And these words captivated me with their poetry, they were so wonderfully “Sapkowski” that I wanted them to be spoken by my Geralt. However, I did not feel like having long discussion about whether I could add this bit somewhere. So I just did it, said the words in front of the camera, and was ready to face the consequences. Eventually, this issue hit the mark in Season 2.”
Cavill continues that while he can discuss with the writers some of his overall issues, after he gets the scripts, there is no altering the overall plot if it isn’t faithful enough for him. So he can only make some minor changes to the scripts:
“As far as my issues are concerned, a lot of meetings took place. On the other hand, I often just fiddled with dialogues, sitting in an armchair, while my make-up was applied.”
The Witcher Season 2 streams on Netflix from December 17, 2021. Follow Redanian Intelligence for more news!