The world of Netflix’s “The Witcher” is lush with a variety of different monsters and creatures, some of which haven’t even appeared in “The Witcher” books or games. The series even kicks off with Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia in the throes of a Kikimora, an insectoid-like monster based on Russian folklore. 

In an interview with The Wrap, Cavill revealed his favorite moments when fighting the many different creatures that occupy the new Netflix series. 

“I’m going to give a bit of a truly backwards answer here,” Cavill initially stated. “My favorite monster fights were probably the human monsters I got to fight in Episode 1.”

Though Cavill was only joking, “The Witcher” books themselves, by Andrzej Sapkowski, more often than not showcase the humans that occupy his stories as far more evil than the monstrous creatures themselves. 

The very first episode, aptly titled “The Lesser Evil" and where Geralt garners the nickname “Butcher of Blaviken,” is the perfect example of Sapkowski’s storytelling tropes. In the center of a dilemma involving a mage and a runaway princess, Geralt must literally choose the lesser evil in the situation, which in the end turns out to be one bloody, body-ridden mess. 

The Witcher Butcher Of Blaviken "The Witcher" will portray the events that led Henry Cavill's Geralt to be named The Butcher of Blaviken. Photo: Netflix/Katalina Vermes

However, Cavill later went on to discuss one fight, in particular, admitting it was one he looked at more fondly.

 “Ok. Ok. I would say the Striga fight would probably be my favorite monster fight out of the show,” he revealed.

A Striga is a woman cursed and born as a humanoid monster. In Episode 3 of “The Witcher,” audiences learn of King Foltest and his relations with his sister, Adda. One of the king’s knights, Ostrit, was in love with Adda and cursed Foltest for his incest, yet the curse rebounded upon the pair’s unborn child, which later escaped the womb following Adda’s death. 

The Netflix show’s more horror-leaning tropes were experienced in full during this episode, as Geralt nearly died trying to free the beast from its curse. Though he does, Geralt is left with a reminder in the form of a nasty neck wound, yet it’s nothing a Witcher can’t handle.