'The Witcher' Season 2 Leaks Reveal Sigismund Dijkstra Casting, Who Is The Redanian Spymaster?

Sigismund Dijkstra is joining The Witcher Season 2, new leaks from the production's casting process suggest. The spymaster is one of the most popular Witcher characters, who hand't been introduced in the first season, which premiered on Netflix in December.

The Witcher news site Redanian Intelligence has been keeping a close eye on the production of Season 2, reporting on new directors for upcoming episodes, filming locations and the casting process, such as the recently deleted social media posts suggesting Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju—who played Tormund Giantsbane on the HBO series—will join the cast in Season 2. While his casting is so far unconfirmed, one possible role for Hivju would be Nivellen, a man cursed to be a beast. The character features prominently in "A Grain of Truth," a short story by The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski and a personal favorite of The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich.

But leaked video from the casting process points to a far more consequential character coming to The Witcher Season 2: Redanian spymaster Sigismund Dijkstra.

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Sigismund Dijkstra in 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.' CD Projekt Red

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On Friday, Redanian Intelligence got hold of a video and audition script used in the casting process for The Witcher Season 2. Originally shared by Graham McTavish (Outlander, The Hobbit) and since taken down, the audition video shows the Scottish actor reading for a character using the code name "David." While the context provided in the audition script already point to Dijkstra, Redanian Intelligence leaves no room for doubt, claiming that David "is, without question, our Redanian Spymaster."

The scripted scene which McTavish reads was likely created for an audition, rather than taken from a Season 2 episode, but it nonetheless gives a sense of Dijkstra's character. In the scene, Dijkstra speaks with King Vizimir of Redania, another character who has yet to appear in the Netflix series. In the scene, Vizimir laments having to work with the shady spy, as they discuss an escaped prisoner and the possibility of another war starting.

Vizimir and Dijkstra both hail from Redania, a large kingdom on the Continent—the name for the landmass where The Witcher is set. Since the first season dealt primarily with the conflict between Cintra and the Nilfgaardian Empire, Redania hardly figured into the first season of the Netflix fantasy series. It seems that will change in Season 2. While its capital is Tretogor, fans of the video game series, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be more familiar with the university town of Oxenfurt and the free city of Novigrad, which are both inside the borders of the Redanian kingdom.

Geralt of Rivia and Ciri find each other in the final episode of 'The Witcher's first season, "Much More." Netflix

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Dijkstra is head of Redanian Intelligence, who played elaborate spy games against Nilfgaardian Military Intelligence throughout the Northern War seen in The Witcher's first season. Dijkstra worked ruthlessly to purge spies from Redania and would later hire both Jaskier and Yennefer. After the events of the original novel series, Dijkstra also appears in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the proprietor of a bathhouse, who has found a new calling as a crime lord, rather than spymaster.

The character is known for embodying many contrasts. Dijkstra is a subtle, well-educated man who looks like a rough-and-tumble goon. He was born a commoner, but must camouflage himself as a dandy-dressed duke in the royal circles he inhabits. His relationship with Geralt of Rivia shifts frequently—they are enemies as often as allies.

Dijkstra's role in The Witcher Season 2 is still unannounced, as is whether or not the character will be played by McTavish or some other actor who auditioned for the role. Since new episodes of The Witcher aren't expect on Netflix until 2021, the casting of Dijkstra may remain mysterious for a while yet—just as the spymaster would have it.

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