The cast of The Witcher returned for a season 2 that delivered even more monstrous encounters than before, filming in locations that looked as though they’d been taken straight out of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books.
In the new episodes released on Netflix, the titular character Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) has a new purpose, as he assumes responsibility for the young Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), who was forced to flee her home, the kingdom of Cintra.
Geralt’s past catches up to him when he is reunited with Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a sorceress with whom he has a deep connection, with the pair’s romance seemingly always fated to be doomed.
The series had to overcome a few roadblocks during filming, what with the pandemic halting production and Henry’s serious leg injury causing shooting to go on hiatus.
Fortunately, they were able to return to complete the season, with a third outing already confirmed to be in the works.
Where is The Witcher filmed?
While the first season of The Witcher had the luxury of being shot in various locations in Central and Eastern Europe, for the second season, the creators had to adapt due to the pandemic.
As such, while the first season was filmed in spots including Hungary, Austria, Spain and Poland, production for the most recent release of episodes took place largely in the UK.
Filming locations included London, the Lake District, the North Pennines and Farnham as the cast and crew strived to bring new layers of Sapkowski’s stories to life.
The scenes depicting Kaer Morhen, including Ciri being trained, took place at Arborfield Film Studios, where former army barracks were used for the exterior, as well as at MOD Deepcut Surrey, a British Army training base.
Arborfield also played host to Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, which came out in 2019.
Bourne Wood in Farnham was also used for the show, which has provided the backdrop for other blockbuster productions including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Gladiator.
One of the most pivotal moments of season two comes after Yennefer and Ciri cross paths, as the pair travel on their own to Cintra without Geralt.
During their journey, they come across a river, which was filmed at the Low Force Waterfall in Teesdale, beside the River Tees.
Speaking to Variety, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said it had been ‘fantastic’ to film the Witcher in the UK.
‘We have filmed at some incredible locations including Fountains Abbey, Blea Tarn, Hodge Close, Frensham Ponds, and of course, our comforting home at Arborfield Studios,’ the executive producer said.
‘We’ve assembled the best British talent and crew who have been passionate, professional and brilliant partners through such a complex and unprecedented filming experience.’
The Witcher is available to watch on Netflix.
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