Season two of Netflix’s The Witcher has not had an easy time of things. Earlier this year, production was halted twice due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis among the cast and crew. Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones), who has been cast as Nivellen in season two, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, while a member of the crew tested positive in the fall shortly after filming resumed. Now, filming has been “thrown into chaos” once again as star Henry Cavill, who plays the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, has suffered an injury while on set.
According to sources who spoke The Sun, Cavill was injured while performing on an assault course at Arborfield Studios, Berks, where much of the second season has been filmed due to travel restrictions. Cavill was apparently working 20 feet in mid-air while wearing a safety harness when he injured his leg, and was immediately seen to be in a lot of pain. The sources have also indicated that axes were involved in the assault course, so that may have played a part in the injury.
Cavill’s injury did not require an ambulance, but sources say that he is having difficulty walking and cannot immediately return to filming. In particular, the Witcher team is concerned that the heavy, stiff, armor pieces his character wears in some scenes could further exacerbate the injury.
Production at Arborfield Studios will apparently continue without Cavill for at least the next several days. As a holiday break from filming is planned in a few weeks, it is possible that Cavill will not return to filming until the New Year.
In the meanwhile, fans should be on the lookout for more information regarding season two via the show’s official Twitter account, which recently announced the upcoming “Six Days of Witchmas,” six days of new content beginning on December 16 and continuing through December 21.
FlickLuster wishes Mr. Cavill a quick and problem-free recovery, and wish the best to the rest of The Witcher’s team as filming continues without the star.