The Witcher: Blood Origin, set 1200 years before Geralt, is set to introduce a number of canonical legendary characters from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. We already know Jacob Collins-Levy as Eredin, Samuel Blenkin as Avallac’h and Ella Schrey-Yeats as Ithlinne. Now we know of one more figure that will appear in the main series instead.
Hiftu Quasem is Falka
We’ve learned that British actress Hiftu Quasem (Ten Percent, Killing Eve) will portray the legendary character Falka in The Witcher Season 3 as well as Blood Origin. We’ve known for months that Quasem has been involved in the Morocco shoots for Season 3 back in July 2022 alongside Freya Allan‘s Ciri, but couldn’t quite place her role until now.
It’s quite clear that Ciri in the Korath Desert will be seeing visions as we already reported at the time that Gaia Mondadori‘s Pavetta was involved in the Morocco shoots as well. In addition to her mother, it’s now clear that Ciri will be seeing Falka as well, whose name she will adopt very soon after the desert chapter.
In the novels, Falka was a historical figure who lived in the 1100s, only a century before the main events. She led a very bloody rebellion against her father, King Vridank who left her mother and remarried.
In the Netflix series, it is confirmed that Ciri is the descendant of both Lara Dorren and Falka according to the series’ official website, which states in Ciri’s entry: “She is the key to the destruction of the old world and the birth of the new, the descendant of Lara Dorren and Falka: fierce, remarkable women who were swallowed up by the men afraid of their power. Women whom Ciri is destined to avenge.“
Additionally, in Season 2 the mage Stregobor expresses his very strong feelings towards Falka and reveals that he was present during Falka’s Rebellion. He reveals that his hands are an illusion and implied that Falka took them.
In The Witcher Season 2, the fiery Falka figure conjured by Stregobor was performed by actress Scarlett Maltman.
Season 3 of The Witcher is in post-production for a Summer 2023 release. The live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin has been set a Christmas 2022 release. Stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence and do pop into our Discord server to join in on The Witcher conversation.