You’ll be overjoyed to learn that the BBC-HBO co-production His Dark Materials Season 3 has been approved. It’ll be the show’s final episode, as planned, but will it stay true to the source material or veer off into new territory? All you need to remember is right here.
When Will The Third Season Of His Dark Materials Air?
The BBC announced last year that filming would begin in Cardiff in 2021.
Seasons one and two (shot back-to-back) premiered in early November 2019 and 2020, respectively, but the remaining eight episodes are unlikely to air this year.
“I’m actually rewriting it,” Jack Thorne said in an interview with The Guardian in early December. We’re moving on with the scripts because we want to be able to shoot next summer,” which means a November premiere is out.
“I think next spring/summer will be simpler than it is now,” executive producer Jane Tranter previously told RadioTimes, referring to the pandemic’s constraints.
“We’re very fortunate to have Wolf Studios to film season three in,” she said. So I believe we’ll be able to do a combination of studio shooting and special effects work, as well as possibly filming on location but doing builds on location.
When Will The Third Season Of His Dark Materials Be Released?
Normally, new footage will debut at San Diego Comic-Con (or the virtual Comic-Con@Home) in July, but filming has been postponed, so that seems impossible.
Expect a lot more of the same in the future.
The Third Season Of His Dark Materials Stars: Who’s In It?
Lyra (Dafne Keen), Will (Amir Wilson), Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), Dr Mary Malone (Simone Kirby), Serafina Pekkala (Ruta Gedmintas), Ruta Skadi (Jade Anouka), and Lord Asriel will all appear, according to the BBC (James McAvoy).
“In season three, she embarks on a fantastic journey,” Wilson said of what’s to come (via RadioTimes). “I’m looking forward to slipping back into Mrs Coulter’s shoes.”
McAvoy previously told Radio Times that he wasn’t initially considered for the role of Lord Asriel. “It was actually really last minute – I happened to be talking with the casting director, who’s a friend of mine, waxing lyrical about how much I love the books, and then they got let down by whoever else was doing it originally,” he explained.
“‘Do you think you’ll be able to start on Monday?’ she asked. That happened on Friday. I believe they had been let down by a couple of people at the last minute.”
We’d also anticipate some new faces.
In season two, Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal), and Andrew Scott (Colonel John Parry) all met their demise, and although we wouldn’t bet the farm on them not returning, it seems possible.
What Will Happen In The Third Season Of His Dark Materials?
The Amber Spyglass, the third and final book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, will be the basis for the upcoming season. Asriel works to create a new Republic in Heaven, the uprising against the Authority becomes open warfare. But he’ll need the Subtle Knife, which is currently in Will’s possession, to accomplish his goals.
Mrs. Coulter has kidnapped Lyra in order to prevent her daughter from fulfilling the witches’ prophecy and becoming the second Eve, thereby saving mankind.
“I hope we walked the line where you can see Mrs Coulter in two respects,” Jack Thorne said of the character before the season two finale in an interview with The Beat. “You can see someone intent on pursuing control and someone intent on pursuing Lyra, and you can see that there is a contradiction inside her as to what she really desires, and she hasn’t answered that issue.”
He continued, ” “If you work with an actor as talented as Ruth Wilson, you’re essentially writing on two levels. You’re not only writing Mrs Coulter from the novel, but you’re also writing Ruth Wilson’s segment, and I think they work well together.”
We may also hope to learn more about the angels (or watchers), as well as be transported to new realms such as the Land of the Dead and the Mulefa, which are elephant-like creatures.
In season two, there was also a scene in the second episode involving a specific bench that alluded to a major plot point in the third novel, hinting at how the series would conclude.
Fill your boots, folks, because we’re going to dig into all of that and more right here.