The world of Netflix's The Witcher is split into several different kingdoms, many of will be familiar to fans of the video game series. The most important of these are the Northern Kingdoms, Redania and the ever expanding Nilfgaardian Empire, the army of which is known for its black armor emblazoned with the golden sun. Fans got a look at what that might look like in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in which the Nilfgaardians were clad in shining black armor that looked reliable in battle.
The upcoming Netflix adaptation seems to have gone in a different direction. Photos and videos (many of which have since been removed) have leaked online, the images showing extras from the set of The Witcher wearing what looks to be wrinkled leather armor and armed with serrated blades. Fans have been far from impressed, and it didn't take long for various memes to start circulating, mocking the show's armor design.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has promised that the show itself will remain faithful to Andrzej Sapkowski's novels. However, the appearance of the Nilfgaardian armor fails to reflect that vow. Of course, as filming for The Witcher has only just wrapped, it's possible that these leaks don't accurately represent the final product.
In a now-deleted Reddit post, artist and animator Tomasz Bagiński expressed his dislike for the design and indicated that the armor seen in the leaked photos would not necessarily be seen in the show. Some fans are theorizing that this particular armor was given to background extras for various types of long distance shots. Now that filming has wrapped on Season 1, it won't be long until we see the truth.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. The series will be available to stream this fall.