Multiverses, repressive theocratic rule, a steampunk milieu, and a perfect balance of natural science and mystical allure – ‘His Dark Materials‘ seemed to have it all, and then some.
In this BBC-HBO fantasy drama series, Jack Thorne creates a small-screen version of acclaimed child novelist Philip Pullman’s hugely popular trilogy of the same name.
The series recounts Lyra’s voyage through a world ruled by the Magisterium, a quasi-religious organisation that does not allow opposing viewpoints to be heard.
She joins forces with Will to discover the multiverse’s secrets. Dust, a mystery particle that resembles astrophysics’ “dark matter,” lies at the heart of the plot.
The fan-favourite series has created two seasons, covering the first two books in the trilogy, since its November 2019 premiere.
The series received critical acclaim for its outstanding performances and flawless production quality.
However, it’s been a while since the sophomore season’s end, and you must be itching to discover more about the show’s future. Let us tell you what we know in that scenario.
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“There is no one I would trust to go with you, except that boy. You are worthy of each other.”
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When will the 3rd season of His Dark Materials be Released?
Season 2 of ‘His Dark Materials’ started on HBO on November 16, 2020, with the season finale airing on December 28, 2020.
The second season was released eight days earlier in the United Kingdom than in the United States.
It aired on BBC One in the territory on November 8, 2020, and ran through December 20, 2020.
The second season contains seven episodes, each of which lasts between 45 and 55 minutes.
Let us now reveal all of the information we’ve gathered on the third season of the show.
BBC and HBO renewed the show for a third and final season just two days after the second season’s finale aired in the UK.
All good things must come to an end, and the creators and producers saw no reason to stretch the storey past its breaking point by sticking to the original material’s three-part format.
Pullman is currently working on the final book in the companion trilogy, ‘The Book of Dust,’ so fans may expect to see more of the magical cosmos.
Production for the next season was supposed to start in Cardiff in early 2021, however, the schedule was pushed back due to the pandemic’s unpredictability.
Filming did, however, begin on May 24, 2021, and is expected to wrap up soon, according to an Instagram storey shared by series co-star Jamie Ward.
Season 3 of ‘His Dark Materials’ is expected to release in the third quarter of 2022, as the series spends a lot of time on special effects and dubbing.
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‘His Dark Materials’ Season 3 Official Press Release
HIS DARK MATERIALS Begins Production On Third And Final Season
HBO and BBC One have begun production on season three of HIS DARK MATERIALS. The eight-episode third season is based on “The Amber Spyglass,” the final novel in Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy.
Production will take place at Wolf Studios Wales stages and on location throughout Wales and England.
Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, HIS DARK MATERIALS series follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world.
Logline: Season three will see “Will” (Amir Wilson), the bearer of The Subtle Knife, and “Lyra” (Dafne Keen), the prophesied child, travel through multiple worlds to find and protect each other.
Returning cast: Dafne Keen as “Lyra,” Amir Wilson as “Will,” Ruth Wilson as “Mrs. Coulter,” Simone Kirby as Mary Malone,” Will Keen as “Father President McPhail,” Jade Anouka as “Ruta Skadi,” Ruta Gedminstas as “Serafina Pekkala” and James McAvoy as “Lord Asriel.”
Newly added cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Suicide Squad,” “Lost,” “Oz”) as “Commander Ogunwe”; Jamie Ward (“Tyrant”) as “Father Gomez”; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Mary Poppins Returns”), Simon Harrison (“No Man’s Land,” “Everest”) and Chipo Chung (“Into the Badlands”) are the rebel angels “Balthamos,” “Baruch” and “Xaphania.” Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe as “Ama.”
Season 3 directors include: Amit Gupta, Charles Martin and Weronika Tofilska
Season 2 quotes: GQ called season two of HIS DARK MATERIALS “a towering success,” while Paste Magazine hailed it as “more epic than ever before.” Mashable praised the show’s “absorbing cast,” while Slashfilm called season two “essential viewing.”
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, quote: “It has been a joy watching audiences embrace this incredible journey of self-discovery, friendship and purpose with Lyra over the past two seasons. Jane, Dan and everyone on the Bad Wolf team have done such a tremendous job bringing Philip’s beloved world to life, and I cannot wait for the fans to get a front row seat to all that is in store in this gripping and poignant final chapter.”
Jane Tranter, Bad Wolf Founder and Executive Producer quote: “‘The Amber Spyglass’ is the most gloriously complex of Philip Pullman’s novels to adapt for TV but with our world class creative team in Cardiff no challenge is too daunting. This season is both an epic adventure and a story about love and truth. Jack, Francesca and Amelia’s scripts capture the brilliance of Philip’s worlds and we are joined by our much-loved existing cast and some exceptional talent new to the series.”
Dan McCulloch, Executive Producer quote: “The moment we started season one of HIS DARK MATERIALS, we had mapped out all three novels to know the direction in which where we were heading. Every detail and character within this incredible work of fiction has been analysed and discussed for four years now, and to finally arrive in the many worlds of ‘The Amber Spyglass’ is thrilling.”
Ben Irving, Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama quote: “Philip Pullman’s extraordinary trilogy of novels reaches new heights in ‘The Amber Spyglass,’ and this incredible creative team have risen to the challenge every step of the way. Audiences on BBC One and iPlayer will need to prepare for another thrilling visual and emotional journey with Lyra and Will.”
Credits: HIS DARK MATERIALS is produced by Bad Wolf in association with New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO. Executive producing the series are Jane Tranter, Dan McCulloch, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving for the BBC.
Who is in the cast of His Dark Materials Season 3?
For the third and final season, all of the key cast members will return, although there will be some changes.
Dafne Keen will reprise her role as Lyra Belacqua, with Ruth Wilson in the role of Marisa Coulter. Father Hugh MacPhail will be played by Will Keen once again.
Furthermore, James McAvoy has been reinstated as the main cast member, reprising his role as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Lyra’s father.
Ruta Gedmintas (Serafina Pekkala), Amir Wilson (Will Parry), Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), and Simone Kirby are among the important cast members (Dr. Mary Malone).
Given the outcome of Lee Scoresby and Colonel John Parry in the season 2 finale, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Scott may not reprise their roles as Lee Scoresby and Colonel John Parry.
Kit Connor (Pantalaimon, Lyra’s daemon), David Suchet (Kaisa), Joe Tandberg (Iorek Byrnison), Sope Dirisu (Sergi, Ruta Skadi’s daemon), and newcomer Chipo Chung provide the voices for the characters (Xaphania).
Unfortunately, Helen McCrory, who played Asriel’s demon Stelmaria, passed away in April 2021. As a result, it’s unclear whether the vocal role will be recast.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Commander Ogunwe), Jamie Ward (Father Gomez), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Balthamos), Simon Harrison (Baruch), and Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe are among the new cast members in the upcoming season (Ama).
Agent Salmakia and Commander Roke will be played by Sian Clifford and Jonathan Aris, respectively.
What is the Plot of His Dark Materials Season 3?
Lyra, Will, and the witches continue their quest, lead by Serafina, in the second season’s finale. Ruta Skadi learns about an impending battle between cliff-ghasts and humans.
Mrs. Coulter, meanwhile, is torturing herself to find Lyra’s position in Cittàgazze. We learn in the major reveal that Lyra will be the second Eve, ushering in the second Fall of Man.
While John Parry manages to flee the mob of Magisterium soldiers, Lee does not have the same luck.
As a final resort, he invokes Serafina, but it is too late when Serafina appears. Lee is killed on the spot, and John is not far behind.
But, before he dies, John Parry speaks to Will and tells him to accompany the angels to Asriel. There is a war brewing, and the angels want Lord Asriel to fight with them.
Mrs. Coulter kidnaps Lyra, who uses visions to connect with Roger.
The third season will be based on ‘The Amber Spyglass,’ the 3rd book in the series. The presentation mostly sticks to the original material’s framework.
As a result, the tale will pick up right after the cliffhanger finale of the 2nd season, with Lyra still in the custody of Magisterium agent Mrs. Coulter.
Will, on the other hand, must play a crucial role as the Subtle Knife’s bearer, especially because it was his father’s dying request.
Will will meet two angels on his quest, Balthamos and Baruch, who will encourage him to join Lord Asriel in the dreary earth.
Will, on the other hand, will put Lyra’s safety ahead of becoming the fabled knife bearer.
Mrs. Coulter, on the other hand, is hell-bent on destroying Lyra, whom she sees as a symbol of fatal sin and heresy, similar to the original Eve.
You’ll be happy to learn that Lyra will be rescued from her evil mother’s clutches by Will and his motley crew.
The season’s growing drama will reach a boiling point, and you should brace yourself for an epic series finale.