Freya Allen calls Henry Cavill the “living encyclopaedia” of ‘The Witcher’
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Freya Allen calls Henry Cavill the “living encyclopaedia" of ‘The Witcher’

With just two days left for The Witcher season two to finally debut on Netflix, we are back with some news regarding our beloved protagonist, the brooding and gloomy Geralt of Rivia aka Henry Cavill and his love for the series. 

Cavill is a self-proclaimed fan of Andrzej Sapowski’s novels as well as the video game adaptations by CD Projekt RED. He was so enamoured by the character and their storylines that he specifically requested to be cast as Geralt as he felt a strong connection to the protagonist. 

Recently, in an interview with Fortress of Solitude, along with her co-star Anya Chalotra aka Yennefer, Freya Allen, who plays Princess Ciri in the series, opened up about Cavill being a “living encyclopaedia” of the show. 

Joined by the screenwriter and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich as well, Allen called Cavill a “total nerd” when it came down to The Witcher books. 

“We are shooting a scene and he says something like: ‘We should use this sentence taken from page 253 of The Blood of the Elves,’” said Allen. 

It is quite hilarious and endearing to imagine Cavill,  in his gear as Geralt, foreshadowing the fate of the entire universe, isn’t it? 

The Blood of the Elves is the first novel of the literary saga. The second season is said to be more closely related to the books as Cavill had previously mentioned. 

Created by Hissrich, the second season will focus on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship as he takes her to Kaer Morhen to train her towards her destiny while grappling with the news of Yennefer’s alleged death (spoiler alert: she is alive). Geralt also fights various monsters and a sneak peek of one such grotesque beast was provided by Netflix a few weeks back. 

The Witcher-verse is expanding constantly. After the successful release of the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf that dealt with the story of Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, a prequel series to The Witcher, titled Blood Origin is set to release on Netflix that will talk about how Witchers came into being. 

The Witcher season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix on December 17, 2021.