The third season of Netflix’s fantasy hit, The Witcher, entered principal photography last Thursday. Series stars Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), and Freya Allan (Ciri) traveled to Europe alongside other cast members and a large entourage of crew members.
Filming took place in several locations across three countries: the frozen lake Laghi di Fusine in northern Italy, the castle-like St. Jerome’s church in Slovenia’s Nanos plateau, the Predjama Castle also in Slovenia and the sunny Zala Stara Baska beach on the Croatian island of Krk.
Though these locations are visually distinct, they’re actually quite close geographically, so the Witcher crew were able to quickly jump from one location to the next and wrap filming this Wednesday. Read on for a quick recap including new pictures of the set in Croatia.
The last day of The Witcher Season 3 in Croatia
UPDATE: Contrary to what we thought, Croatian media weren’t sleeping and took a few good pictures from the day of filming, and they confirm Freya Allan‘s presence as well.
Thanks to our partner and Redanian Intelligence team member @GoTlikeLocations, we learned that filming took place on Zala Stara Baska beach in Croatia for exactly one day after the crew prepared the location. The preparations included building a structure beside the nearby ruins, and we have some pictures of the set as it was being dismantled.
We don’t know exactly what this set looked like when filming took place, though it does look like it could be some sort of cottage. In these pictures, it even looks a bit like a smoldering ruin, but that might just be because the set has been taken apart. Or perhaps that structure was burned for the scene? Take a look at these exclusive images.
While we don’t have any confirmation regarding the cast members present for filming on the Croatian beach, we have learned that Freya Allan was on the island around that time, so it seems quite likely that the scene shot on the beach involves Ciri. If you have any ideas about what scene could involve Ciri and a beach-side cottage or ruin, we’d love to hear it.
Recap: The Witcher Season 3’s brief tour
We’ve covered the filming at the Slovenian Predjama Castle extensively, including some great pictures provided by our team, the locals, and even a fortunately located live webcam. Those images proved that, besides the main cast, several other cast members and, in particular, those who portray sorceresses, were present for filming.
An official tweet from The Witcher‘s Twitter account (linked above) confirmed our suspicions about filming in the frozen lake in Northern Italy, where we believed Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri had reunited for an early season three scene. That being said, we haven’t learned much about the filming in Croatia until today.
Next up: Longcross Studios
With The Witcher‘s first week of location shoots concluded, the cast and crew are traveling back to the Witcher’s new home base in Longcross Studios near England. This marks a shift from Arborfield Studios, where Netflix filmed most of season two.
With production moving into the studio, it’s likely that information will become a bit rarer in the coming weeks, but there are still a number of new cast members that have yet to be announced. Expect an announcement soon and, failing that, we’ll try to uncover these cast members ourselves as we did with three new cast members already.
That’ll be all for today’s update. Make sure to follow our Twitter page for regular updates from the Continent as filming of the third season continues.