Character development, for all intents and purposes, was thrown out of the window, as the likes of Arya and Jon received the least satisfactory send offs imaginable.
Even fan-favourite Tormund was barely in it.
However, the good news is that it looks like we’ll be seeing him in the near future (well, not him, but Kristofer Hivju, the actor who plays him) as he is reportedly set to star as Nivellen in the opening episode of Season 2 of The Witcher.
Redanian Intelligence reports that Hivju, has been cast under the mysterious moniker “Nigel”, which is believed to be a codename for the cursed character of “Nivellen.”
The publication claims to have procured a casting sheet, which describes Nigel as “a charismatic, witty and funny man” who is from an “aristocratic family and has been cursed for the crimes he has committed in the past.”
The details of the character profile appear to match Nivellen’s backstory, shared in Andrzej Sapkowski’s short story entitled “A Grain of Truth”, which sees Geralt stumble upon a rundown manor, inhabited by a monstrous, cursed nobleman known as Nivellen.
Speculation first started around Hivju’s inclusion tarted after a Witcher-related Instagram post appeared on the account of season two director Stephen Surjik. Strangely, he used used a number of hashtags in the caption, including ‘Witcher Netflix’, ‘Henry Cavill’, ‘Anya Chalotra’ and ‘Kristofer Hivju’.
The inclusion of that glorious ginger-bearded man is a bit out of left-field, especially because he’s in no way affiliated with the first season like the other two actors mentioned.
Why would he randomly throw his name in there if he had nothing to do with it?
Understandably, the post got plenty of people talking, which was only fuelled by the fact Surjik deleted the post, implying that he made a mistake in posting it in the first place.
Then, The Witcher experts Redanian Intelligence decided to do some more digging and found Hivju has recently followed three Witcher-related social media accounts.
Very suspicious indeed.
Recently, the streaming platform announced that it was on track to become the platform’s “biggest season one TV series ever”. In its shareholder letter for Q4 2019, they revealed that in The Witcher’s first four weeks of availability, 76 million “member households chose to watch”.
Fans of the show were delighted to hear a season two was on the way, and now we know that filming officially kicks off on 17th February, and will take place over five and half months, spanning at least four key locations in Scotland, England, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The UK is where most of the action is predicted to take place, with the idyllic Isle of Skye in Scotland serving as the main location.
Henry Cavill also recently took to social media to wish his fan a belated Happy New Year, along with telling them that The Witcher season 2 will go into production very soon.
He told us all:
“Hello everybody, I’m back. I have been enjoying my Christmas break, perhaps a little too much at some points, but now it is back to work.
“Pre-production will be starting very shortly on Witcher season two. I see that you’ve all enjoyed Witcher season one, thank you very much for that, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be giving you updates on here as time goes on.“
I can’t wait.