Henry Cavill Breaks Down Every Swing, Dodge, and Parry in The Witcher's Best Fight

Henry Cavill Breaks Down Every Swing, Dodge, and Parry in The Witcher's Best Fight

A Blaviken blow-by-blow, if you will.

If you look at it one way, Netflix is pushing its adaptation of The Witcher pretty hard. A new clip of series lead Henry Cavill breaking down Geralt's fight in Blaviken is, really, just a long ad for the show.

On the other hand, if tons of people really are into all things Witcher right now—as Netflix claims and recent Steam player counts for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt suggest—then why not indulge in six minutes of Cavill geeking out over fight choreography, storytelling, and camera moves?

Be warned that the video does break down the entire fight scene, from the extended one-take sequence near the start to its sudden, emotional finish. Whether you consider that a big spoiler or not (this is from the first episode, after all) should inform your decision to share the video with that one friend you've been trying to convince to watch the show.

If Cavill's breakdown whets your appetite for more unorthodox Witcher content, Netflix also has a similar shot-by-shot feature with Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and a video of Cavill showing off Geralt's steel sword.

Unfortunately, even though Cavill professed his love for The Witcher 3 before he was cast as Geralt, it seems quite unlikely that Netflix will give us what we all want: a Henry Cavill Let's Play. Netflix has renewed The Witcher for a second season and is also producing an animated film related to the series. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich and company are firmly committed to adapting from the books and letting CD Projekt Red's games be their own thing (all while CD Projekt focuses on its other big project, Cyberpunk 2077).

So, there hasn't been much formal acknowledgement from one side to the other—but that won't stop fans from creating their own crossovers between The Witcher games and the show.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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