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Netflix’s The Witcher 2 Halts Filming Again After Multiple Positive Covid-19 Cases

Netflix has halted the production of the second season of The Witcher in the UK after multiple Covid-19 positive cases were reported.


Four positive cases were reported on November 7, according to Deadline. Netflix will carry out an isolated round of testing of everyone involved in the show. Those impacted have been isolated and are not among lead cast, says the report.

The filming was going on at Arborfield Studios, west of London, and will resume once the streaming platform is sure of the safety on the set.

This is the second time the filming of the second season has been stalled. In March, actor Kristofer Hivju revealed that he had tested positive, after which Netflix declared a two-week halt. Soon after, the world went into a lockdown spanning several months. Consequently, productions had to be shut in the US and Canada as well.

The first season premiered on Netflix in 2019. The story revolved around the Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, who journeys towards his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts, according to Netflix. It is based on the series of novels of the same name written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the cast features Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Freya Allan as Ciri and Jodhi May among others.

“England returns to Lockdown on Thursday so it is time for me to depart Yorkshire and The extraordinary North, and head back down South to continue shooting in the studio. Thank you for hosting all of us on season 2 of The Witcher. Hopefully I shall return to your hills, dales and fells soon. Stay strong and stay safe, my friends,” Cavill had written on Instagram five days ago.

Lauren Schmidt had posted pictures of the characters on Twitter last month.