The famous Blaviken fight in the pilot episode of Netflix’s The Witcher remains an unsurpassed action sequence in the series thanks to its mastermind Wolfgang Stegemann. Stegemann was brought into the fold by Henry Cavill himself when the time came to reshoot that fight. The rest is history.
Despite rumors, Stegemann did not return for the second season of The Witcher as he was busy with Mission Impossible: The Reckoning Part One. Now, though, we have evidence he will indeed return for Season 3.
Return of the King
According to The Witcher Season 3 stunt performer Matt Sherren, the coordinator for some of the new season’s fights will be Wolfgang Stegemann as you can see written below.
That said, the degree of Stegemann’s involvement isn’t all that clear as Mission Impossible 8 has begun filming in March for a long 2024 release, so we don’t know how much is his balance between The Witcher and Mission Impossible 8.
It’s also important to acknowledge that Stegemann isn’t and was never a stunt coordinator for The Witcher or Mission Impossible. He was a fight coordinator, while the main stunt coordinators were Adam Horton and Wade Eastwood respectively.
As Stegemann’s responsibility are mainly the physical fights, perhaps he isn’t needed on either project at all times and can make time for both in his schedule, whenever fight sequences are scheduled to be rehearsed and filmed.
On top of that, we noticed that in the recent weeks Stegemann received a credit on The Witcher: Blood Origin‘s IMDb page as supervising stunt coordinator. While IMDb isn’t a solid and trusted source and can be edited by anyone, the timing of this is very peculiar as Blood Origin underwent some reshoots in April.
We haven’t heard anything about Stegemann being involved in the Blood Origin reshoots, so can neither confirm or deny. And again, there’s the Mission Impossible question. Nonetheless it would certainly be great, if true. We did learn, however, that Season 1 director Alex Garcia Lopez returned to do the reshoots.
On another note, producer Steve Gaub shared an image of the countless weapons in the stunt workshop:
Season 3 of The Witcher is in production until September 2022 for a 2023 release. The live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin is in post-production after two weeks of reshoots and is currently eyed for a Christmas 2022 release. Stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence and do pop into our Discord server to join in on The Witcher conversation.