Lauren Hissrich, the showrunner of The Witcher, shared some exclusive behind-the-scenes images giving a sneak peek to the fans at some of the creatures, characters, and kingdom that the web series will feature, which was unexpected but greatly appreciated. Although the majority of it seemed to amuse them, some pieces, most notably the appearance of the Nilgaardian armor, seemed to disappoint them, as shown by the numerous memes that emerged.
Since our first look at the Nilfgaardian armor set in May, fans have been clamouring for an explanation, and Lauren has finally delivered. The showrunner answered questions about how the Nilfgaardian armors were built, who would portray Borch, and what was the most difficult episode to film.
What Hissrich has to say?
Hissrich explained how she came up with the idea, saying, “The Nilfgaardian army is one of conscription. As they march northward, the army pillages towns and forces villagers into military servitude. They are not an elite fighting force – yet”. She added, “There are powerful leaders in the forefront, yes, but the army itself is more rag-tag, borne of necessity, without glamour or means. Their armor reflects that”.
Her justification appears to indicate that the upgrading of the Nilgaardian army will take place in future seasons. The vast Kingdom of the south is celebrated in the novels for its modernity and wealth. Considered one of the continent’s toughest nations, Nilfgaardian armor is able to compete with the four major branches of the popular armies of the Northern Kingdoms.
While the construction of the Nilfgaardian armor was controversial, it seems like the controversy has been too late to make modifications for the first season at the Witcher. It will be relieved for fans to hear that the Nilfgaard armor will have space in the future to restructure overall, including a general overhaul of their armors.
For changes in the Nilfgaardian armor, Lauren jokingly said: “Before the show airs? Not even Yennefer is that powerful…”
Who will play Villentretenmerth?
Another big question fans just have to wonder, is who is going to act as Villentretenmerth, the famous Borch-Three-Jackdaws. For a number of months, we have hunted this character, and before it was created, the actor has proven to be elusive. Though he didn’t just reveal his name, Lauren revealed that a total newcomer won’t be playing Borch.
In addition to the brief responses to the Nilfgaardian blankets, the general reception of The Witcher was enormously positive, in part after the new main trailer, catching the attention of both fans of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and fans of very popular video games.
Taking place at Season 2 of The Witcher in August after a month’s pause triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Fans of Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer have already been given fresh insights from the next season which have only helped to boost fan interest. Geralt takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen Trainer Castle for The Witcher’s official season 2, a description that viewers needed to see for a long time. Ciri will be trained there, all but assured. After all, she will be needed, especially because they are arming herself in new ways as she defends herself from the Nilfgaardians.
Eamon Farren (Nilfgaardian knight Cahir) attracted the attention of the Redanian Intelligence fan forum during the season 2, and soon realised he was wearing a brand-new Nilfgaardian armor. The spot has been modified many times, from colour to breastplatform shape. Fans will surely be looking forward to the latest look. The picture also shows a view of the sorceress Fringilla in Nilfgaard (Mimi Ndiweni).
Insight to Season2
Season 2 will be deeper in Cahir and Fringilla, as well as why it is so important for Nilfgaard, showrounner Laurens S. Hissrich. In the first stage Nilfgaard was established as a war-hungry empire to conquer all of its kingdoms, and it would be fun to read more about some of its most important representatives. The Witcher has far further growth to include its villagers between this and the persistent query of why Nilfgaard wants Ciri to be captured.
Certain fans were moaning early about the Nilfgaardian armor look. It is real. This may sound like a nit-pick, but fair, it looks like the soldiers are carrying crinkly garbage bags to cover themselves:
Hissrich eventually spoke to the directors who are going to head the next set of activities. “Obviously, if we shoot eight scenes, the directors go and come on TV,” she told me. “We’re shooting block, which means we fire at a time, two episodes. We’ve got four bosses, therefore. The executives are here, they are everywhere. They come in, and we essentially do the Witcher Boot Camp, which is to ‘get everything you need to hear about the lore, the tales we have heard, the witch’s being, and the monsters.’
The Witcher Season 2 does not have an initial date to mark, but viewers can hope to appear on Netflix by late 2021, if production can proceed without any further delays. Two years after the first fall, it also provides a relief for the next year to get more from The Witcher. Stage I finished with a number of quite astounding teases from the long awaited meeting between Geralt and Ciri on to the issue of the fate of Yennefer following the epic battle of the final. Fans at least have these fixed images to make the wait a little bit more bearable.