Anya Chalotra, who played Geralt’s great love Yennefer von Wengerberg, and Joey Batey, the monster hunter’s best friend as the bard Delphinium, in an interview with our editors talk about the third season of The Witcher and farewell to
Joey Baty, what can we expect from the third season of The Witcher?
Joey Baty: In my opinion, the season is as close as ever to the original book. As the series progresses, the third season is the most ambitious. And while The Witcher is getting bigger and more epic, we’re putting a lot of emphasis on character development and the dynamics between characters. And that’s the best part for me: we have these huge sets and these epic moments, but we’re still falling in love with the characters more and more. We see how vulnerable they are. How they change.
Anya Chalotra, at the beginning of the third season, Yennefer, Geralt and Ciri come together and live together almost like a family. What awaits your character Yennefer von Wengerberg?
Anya Chalotra: Yennefer teaches Ciri magic. There is a special dynamic between Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer. Ciri and Geralt in particular are trying to figure out if they can trust Yennefer at all. Yennefer herself has been trying to figure out where her power comes from throughout the series. This season, she meets her equal Ciri. This changes everything for her. How she thinks about what her strength is and what her job is. These two learn a lot from each other.
“Amazing Devil”: New Songs from the Bard of Larkspur
Joey, you play the bard Dandelion, Geralt’s best friend. What awaits him in the third season?
Batey: Larkspur is in the process of finding his place on the continent and in his new chosen family. He takes on the role of an uncle, he is someone who wants to support others. He always tries his best to help. However, this doesn’t always work. Buttercup doesn’t always make the best decisions, but he goes out of his way to do everything for his family and his new niece Cirilla. He quickly realizes how special this young woman is.
In the first season you became a real hit with the song “Toss a coin to your witcher”, the song went viral and charted in several countries. How often do fans ask you to sing this song?
Batey: Fortunately, not so often. But many people sing this song to me. Often unintentionally. The other day I was sitting in a bar and somebody was humming a song. Then he recognized me and understood what he was doing. Then he apologized. It’s always very funny (laughs).
You are an actor and singer in the folk band “Amazing Devil”, in the new season you will again sing as Delphinium with “The Ride of the Witcher”, a song with catchy melodic potential. Do you think Delphinium’s new song could go viral too?
Batey: Anyway, the composer Joe Trapanese, myself and the Polish band “Percival”, who participated in the song, had no intention. It would also be unhealthy to write a song that goes viral. Our job is to write songs that help develop the characters. Songs that tell the story of the Witcher world and inspire people. The song is almost like part of a triptych. In the first season, Dandelion’s music was very pop, in the second season it became darker, a little more like folk. In the third season it will be very anthemic, very hopeful. For me, as an actor playing Delphinium, this is very pleasant.
Anya, The Witcher series is based on the books of the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, video games have made the monster hunter Geralt stories world-famous. Have you read books and played video games?
Chalotra: I must admit that I didn’t complete the whole game. When I got the part, the first thing I did was play a game with my roommate and watch him do it. I wasn’t good at it. But I have read all the books. I stopped reading the books when the scripts came out. They then became my main source of information. In the show, Yennefer’s character is a bit different, like giving her more time to find out who she really is.
Farewell to The Witcher: “We will miss Henry Cavill very much”
Henry Cavill will play Geralt for the last time in the third season. During the Netflix event in Brazil, the two of you and actress Ciri Freya Allen were on stage with him. Cavill said a very emotional goodbye to you and praised your work on the roles. What was it like saying goodbye to him?
Batey: Henry has been an integral part of the show for so long. Of course we will miss him. Personally, I will miss his great sense of humor. He has great black humor, on bad days he always had the first laugh. He was the first to joke in such difficult days. That’s exactly what defines his character for me. He will be terribly missed by the entire crew, the stunt crew, everyone.
Chalotra: Yes, sure. We will all miss him greatly, and we will all feel this loss. We’ve been working on the show for five years now, and it’s very important to the show. I wish Henry all the best! But to be honest, I’m also looking forward to everything that comes in the future.
Chalotra: Yes, we have already contacted. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to meet in person yet. But I’m looking forward to when the time comes.
Batey: We have already written several letters. He just devours the books and fights his way into the role. His training schedule is so intense that I don’t even want to think about it (laughs). He will give everything he has.