The Witcher season 2 loses a key cast member due to a date issue during the pandemic, and this might mean a big loss for Geralt and Netflix.
It has been raining gossips, rumours, news and reports right from the moment Netflix and the creators resumed production of The Witcher season 2. Only a couple of days ago, we reported that The Witcher might see Game of Thrones and Aquaman star Jason Momoa as the first Witcher in the origin prequel series named Blood Origin. After that, an unimportant character from season 1 returned for something big. And now this.
- A key cast member exits from Netflix The Witcher season 2.
- Who’s Eskel in The Witcher?
- Netflix recasts for Eskel?
What the latest reports suggest from the sets of The Witcher might be painful news for fans. One of the key cast members, who was already filming as a major character in the second season, left the show for Covid-19 related reasons.
A key cast member exits
Thue Ersted Rasmussen played Eskel, a key character, in season 2 of the Netflix fantasy show. He recently shared some heartbreaking news via his Instagram.
The actor wrote:
“Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher. It’s heartbreaking, of course. But I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year. Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project and it was a truly inspiring experience.”
Rescheduling of shows amid pandemic delays has led many actors to cancel their contracts with various shows and movies. The Witcher is the latest to feel the blow.
He wished the cast and crew the best for season 2. He also wrote: “Now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of a Witcher.”
As per the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski, Eskel is one of the Witchers. He is a peer of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) in the stories. In the books, Geralt, aka The White Wolf, and Eskel grew up together like brothers. Eskel also trains Ciri in the later part of the story.
While Eskel is a key character in the books, we need to see how the creators write him into the show. With Thue Ersted Rasmussen exiting the cast, we have to see what showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Netflix do with the character.
Netflix recasting for the role?
While we are excited about Jason Momoa joining the show, Netflix is on a hunt again to cast Eskel. The previously filmed parts with Thue Ersted Rasmussen have to be reshot, and this might slow things down further.
The show came back on track in August. With established faces, we spotted many new ones, including Peaky Blinder star Paul Bullion. We can only expect The Witcher season 2 to be more exciting now.
What do you think? Who will Netflix cast for Eskel in The Witcher?