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The Biggest Onscreen Mistakes In The Witcher

Netflix's "The Witcher" continues to be one of the best fantasy series on the air. The show follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) traveling across The Continent to rid the land of monsters, going back and forth between different time periods showing the formation of Geralt as well as the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and crown princess Cirilla of Cintra (Freya Allan).

The series does an exceptional job of world-building, dropping audiences directly into a new land, bearing themes of destiny and justice, but that doesn't always mean every detail is spot-on. As those behind the scenes of "Game of Thrones" know all too well, sometimes certain details slip through the cracks. It may be as simple as a coffee cup being left in the scene, or it could be as significant as a character looking vastly different from one frame to the next. "The Witcher" isn't immune to these kinds of errors, as evidenced by several moments across the show's run.

A dance scene with some wrong steps

It appears the continuity errors started off rather quickly with "The Witcher." In the very first episode, "The End's Beginning," there's a dance sequence transpiring inside of the castle. While conversations of war and politics rage, it's easy to get sidetracked by the moves happening down the hall. But if you pay too close attention, you may realize some actions don't add up.

The dancers square up into two lines at one point in the scene. The two individuals at the front of each line then move into a position where they twirl toward the back of each line. However, you should pay close attention to the people who move to the back. In one moment, two people are twirling toward the back, and then in the next, they've reverted to the front of the line. It comes across as a minor editing error, one in which the movements don't quite add up to each other. Still, perhaps most audience members were too enraptured of war coming to the brinks of Nilfgaard to notice.

No horseplay

A similar continuity error occurs in Season 1, Episode 2, "Four Marks." Geralt travels through a barren land with Jaskier the bard (Joey Batey). It's a long journey, but fortunately, Geralt has his trusty steed by his side. After a ways, Geralt gets a feeling as if something isn't quite right and decides to investigate but not before tying up his horse to a nearby tree. 

It's another blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but in one shot, Geralt ties up the horse with its head lowered. When the camera angle changes, the horse's head is back up. It's a pretty substantial change, and it happens so quickly it's unlikely the horse would've had time to raise its head in the span of Geralt tying a knot. Unlike the infamous "Game of Thrones" coffee cup, this is a goof-up that's unlikely to break the reality of the show. It's just a fun slip-up only the most eagle-eyed of fans could catch.

Changing hairdos

We're not quite done with "Four Marks" just yet. There's another marginal error you might have noticed, or at least, one Redditor did. On a post discussing the Netflix's show's continuity, one user wrote, "When Ciri muddies her hair to make it darker, there's a scene following where it's back to being blonde/white again, before going back to being dark and muddied when she reaches the camp." 

When watching the episode, there's indeed a moment where Ciri has to dirty her hair. This far in the series, she had become known for her platinum blonde locks, but she needs to go incognito when she's on the run. She does this by coating her hair with mud, but something strange happens shortly thereafter. For one brief scene, her hair is blonde again before almost immediately going back to dirty. Seeing how it's unlikely Ciri had the chance to take a shower and get dirty all over again, it seems like an error for those paying attention to the finer details of characters' costumes.

Unexplained leaves

It appears things not quite being in the correct place is a common occurrence throughout the first few episodes of "The Witcher." One of the most riveting scenes to come out of Season 1, Episode 3, "Betrayer Moon," occurs when Geralt battles the Striga. It's an intense battle, and at one point, it appears the Striga has the upper hand with Geralt having his back against the floor. Running out of options, Geralt uses his magic to try to break the floor and disorient the monster. 

All of the leaves and debris are blown away for the first punch, but when he strikes the ground again, all of those leaves are back in place. There's no good reason for that foliage to be there, especially given the scene that goes to great lengths to showcase Geralt's power when he first slammed his hand against the ground. But to be fair, it's another one of those things where you'd have to be truly nitpicky to catch on. After all, who's paying attention to leaves when there's a Striga in the frame?