Redanian Archives is a series of articles that chronicle the filming process of Netflix’s The Witcher week-by-week.
The first installment covers the week before filming started as well as weeks 1 and 2, offering a first look at the Origo headquarters in Budapest, the idyllic Skanzen Village Museum, and the Mafilm studios, where the iconic Blaviken fight was filmed.
In part II, we delve into the third and fourth week of filming, visiting Fort Monostor and the village of Paty for nightshoots of the city of Cintra and scenes from The Edge of the World. Want to see Cintran armour or elves on horseback? Click above!
For weeks 5 and 6, we have pictures from several important scenes, including interior shots for the magical academy of Aretuza, a large battle on the hills of Csákberény, and a peek at the glorious Cintran feast hall, featuring characters in costume.
During weeks 7 and 8, the Witcher crew returned to Fort Monostor, for the filming of the Fall of Cintra and Ciri’s escape from the burning city in the snowy forests surrounding the fortress. We also have a little interview with Eamon Farren and sorcerers present!
Part V takes off right after the Christmas break, investigating weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12. The production notably went to Austria’s Castle Kreuzenstein, standing for the palace of Wyzim and filmed key scenes from A Question of Price at Origo.
Jumping into weeks 13 and 14, we venture deep into the caverns of the Tarnok Quarry and marvel at the ancient halls of the Kiscelli Museum. Not afraid of spoilers? One of our spies brought us whispers of a scene involving mages convening at Aretuza!
Weeks 15 and 16 saw actors finally assembling for the filming of The Last Wish. Elsewhere, the crew was busy gathering a conspicuously high amount of dead horse props. Read ahead for that and more, including our take on the doppler mystery.
Join us as we explore the first week of filming on the Canary Islands, with tons of gorgeous sights to gape at. This post has all the goodies including a video of Stregobor in costume and pictures of Yennefer fighting a mage to the death on the peak of Roque Nublo.
In part IX, we visit the island of La Palma, where the crew filmed during weeks 18 to 20. This is where the hunt for the golden dragon took place, where Ciri was set upon by the dryads of Brokilon and where we got our first look at Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia.
Back in Hungary for weeks 20 and 21, we turn our eyes towards the magnificent Vajdahunyad Castle, where Henry Cavill made four Hungarian models scream and to Szelim Cave, where filming for The Bounds of Reason wrapped amidst fire and blood.
In Part XI, we reminisce about The Witcher‘s brief but memorable visit to Poland. Courtesy of Polish fans, the season’s most generous leak includes footage of a secret gathering of Vilgefortz, Tissaia, Yennefer and other mages in the ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle.
Continuing from week 22, we follow The Witcher to Tata Castle, where Geralt and Jaskier filmed near the moonlit lake. Also included are visits to Skanzen, Mafilm and the huge construction site of Egri Vár Másolata, set up in preparation of the show’s finale.
Part XIII has refugees, soldiers, and mages gathering at Egri vár to film some spectacular scenes for the season’s climactic Battle of Sodden. Later that week, the cast and crew also took to Budapest’s Hotsy Totsy bar to celebrate their first wrap party.
While filming commenced at Egri vár, reshoots for The Witcher’s pilot took place at Mafilm. Near the end of the week, the crew took to the village of Paty to shoot night scenes of a Nilfgaardian war camp, including soldiers, mages and a huge trebuchet.
In part XV, we tackle The Witcher’s reshoots with Emma Appleton’s Renfri. Filming also took the crew to the Nilfgaardian camp set at Paty and the misty swamps of Gyarmatpuszta where Freya Allan’s Ciri will find temporary refuge from her pursuers.
Redanian Archives season one concludes with the now infamous Nilfgaardian armor leak, a camp in Gyarmatpuszta and reshoots of the Blaviken fight between Geralt and Renfri. This has been a long ride and one we certainly hope to repeat in 2020.