The story of The Witcher is told not just by the characters but also the place they are in. Locations, always, have been a huge part of shooting shows and movies, and The Witcher is no different. Medieval films like this one need to have huge and beautiful locations in order to tell the story as intended.
A lot of the scenes in season 1 were shot in sets built in two different studios: Mafilm Studios and Origo Studios; which are near Budapest, Hungary. Hungary attracts filmmakers due to the tax credits offered by the country’s government.
Blade Runner 2049, Black Widow and Terminator: Dark Fate are some of the many big productions filmed there.
In the first episode of The Witcher, “The Butcher of Blaviken,” the outdoors of Stregobor’s home is a set which was built at Mafilm Studios, so were a lot of the interior scenes in season 1.
A large part of the season 1 of the show was filmed in the Canary Islands, which is a Spanish archipelago sited just off the west coast of Northern Africa.
The crew got the travel all over Europe for the outdoor filming of season 1. For instance, exterior of Cintra’s castle and the forest around it was shot at Fort Monostor, Yennefer’s village, Vengerberg, and some of the scenes of Ciri’s journey were shot at the the Skanzen Village Museum. There were many other beautiful locations like these in which the crew got the chance to visit and film.
So, for the next season, obviously the team is not going to settle for a location that does not look like a straight depiction of something on De Vinci’s mind.
Here’s what we know of the locations for the filming of season 2:
After the team had to stop the production of the show for 5 months because of the global pandemic, Netflix resumed it in August 2020.
Henry Cavill, who plays the lead role of Geralt, and many other cast members have announced on social media about their return to the set, which we talked about in another article. (Hyperlink)
Originally, the crew was supposed to be in Czech Republic and Slovakia for the shooting of season 2, but we don’t know yet if this plan has been changed because of the virus or if they’re going to stick to it.
The location team of The Witcher has been scouting locations all over the United Kingdom and it looks like they’ve found one of the locations they were looking for.
Fountains Abbey, a ruin in northern England was one of the few locations that got finalised for filming. The ruin of the ancient Cistercian monastery is a stunning location and it would be a huge disappointment if a medieval film production wouldn’t make use of it.
Most recently, director Sarah O’Gorman scouted Fountain Abbey. Sarah O’Gorman is in charge of the third and fourth episode of season 2, so we can expect to see the beautiful ruin in those episodes.
Other than Fountain Abbey, the location crew has been scouting various other locations in the UK. Earlier, The Witcher team was looking to shoot the show on the Scottish Isle of Skye but during the pandemic, locations in Wales and several others in England have also been visited by the team.
A massive set for Oxenfurt town has been built at Arborfield Studios, west London, and it is confirmed that a large amount of filming will be done right there. It has been reported that major production of The Witcher season 2 will be in Scotland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the island of Skye, in Scotland.
Wherever they film, we’re sure that the visuals of the show are going to be perfect as always.
Stay tuned for more news about the production of The Witcher season 2.