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The Witcher season 2: Henry Cavill feared ‘career could have been over’ after terrifying injury shut down production

The Witcher star Henry Cavill has opened up about the injury he sustained that halted production on season 2, revealing he was worried that it could have ended his career.

In December 2020, it emerged that filming on the Netflix series had paused after the Geralt actor hurt himself, resulting in the show going on a brief hiatus.

It turned out that Henry had torn his hamstring, meaning that he had to be cautious about his recovery when filming recommenced.

In a new interview, the 38-year-old explained that he was ‘sprinting through the woods’ for a scene on a surface of fake snow that was ‘pretty slippery’.

Speaking to NME, he recalled how he had started to ‘cool down’ while ‘adjustments’ were made in between takes when he had another go.

‘Then when I started running again my foot hit a bit of deadwood and it collapsed. I massively over-contracted my hamstring and tore it,’ he said.

Geralt continues to be his typical monster-slaying self in the new episodes (Picture: Netflix/Jay Maidment)

When he returned to set, Henry was told by his doctor not to be on his feet for more than five hours a day, which he said was ‘feasible’ at first’.

‘But as things went on I had to work longer and longer. Eventually, I said: “Guys, look: I know we need to finish this but I can’t because if I do injure myself again then that’s my career over, let alone this season,”’ he recollected.

The action in season two heats up as Ciri is trained to fight (Picture: Netflix)

While attending the London premiere of season two earlier this month, Freya Allan, who plays Princess Ciri, told conveyed the shock that she felt over Henry’s injury at the time.

‘I was actually there, and I had just been doing the same thing that he was doing when he injured himself, because we had to both do it,’ she said.

‘So I was kind of like, “Oh my god, is he alright?” And I think he went straight to the doctors and things.’

In the second season of the fantasy, which is based on the book series of the same name and also has a massively popular fanbase thanks to the video games, Geralt and Ciri set off on an unpredictable journey together.

The protagonist takes the young princess to Kaer Morhen, the home of the witchers where he grew up and was trained to hunt monsters.

The Witcher season 2 premieres on December 17 on Netflix.


Credit: Original article published here.

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