After a long wait, filming for The Witcher Season 3 finally kicked off earlier this week on March 31, 2022, which was exactly one year after Season 2 wrapped. Here we’ll recap all that happened, give some new updates and see what’s to come.
As we reported earlier, cast and crew of The Witcher made their mini-hub at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, from where they crossed the border to Italy and started rolling the cameras at Laghi di Fusine. As far as we know, on location were Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and likely someone else (more on that later).
Filming at Laghi di Fusine, Italy with Geralt, Ciri and three horses
The very first location for Season 3 was Laghi di Fusine, very close to the Slovenia/Italy border. It started snowing very heavily exactly on the day they started the cameras rolling. Perhaps this was a surprise, or perhaps a very good calculation on the scouting team’s part.
Filming at the snowy lake involved at least Henry Cavill and Freya Allan, both presumably on horseback. The director of the scene was Stephen Surjik, who directed the first two episodes of Season 2. As far as we can tell, filming took two or three days.
Team Juhasz provided the horses and transported them all the way from Hungary. We initially reported that there were only two horses for two cast members, but in an interesting development, it turns out that there were actually three according to our sources.
Hector and Apollo, two black horses, were revealed earlier by Henry Cavill and others when they were taken for a ride. The third horse is white/grey. It’s hard to see in the back of the carriage, but our source assures that the horse in there was white/grey with dark ears.
Could it be Yennefer?
In The Witcher, Hector was ridden first by Anya Chalotra in Season 1, then became the new Roach for Henry Cavill in Season 2. Freya Allan was seen riding a white horse in Season 2, so perhaps she was riding that one on location. As for Apollo, as far as we can remember, he wasn’t involved in The Witcher before.
Perhaps Anya Chalotra is there after all and was riding Apollo in a full Geralt/Ciri/Yennefer family scene? We previously wrote about an unidentified male cast member present at Kranjska Gora, but perhaps they were female? We were told they hid their face and it was really hard to see.
At the moment, we don’t know for certain, so take this with a grain of salt.
UPDATE: It was indeed Yennefer, as Netflix confirmed!
Here’s all the pictures we have from Laghi di Fusine so far:
Next stop – filming at the Predjama Castle on April 5th as the cast and crew are already gathering around Postojna. As always, we’ll keep a close eye for every new development. Stay tuned for more updates!