With Season 2 looming closer, fans are writhing in anticipation for the next set of mysteries and challenges that lie in wait for Lyra Belacqua and her friends as she ventures into the mysterious 'Dust'.
Even before the premiere of the series, His Dark Materials had been renewed for season 2.
The first season, which consisted of eight episodes, premiered between November 3rd, 2019 and concluded on 22nd December 2019. With that in mind, we've got the latest news and rumors about what's to come in the next chapter for Lyra and her friends.
However, before we go on oh, we must warn you that this write-up will be riddled with monstrous spoilers if you haven't caught up with the show as of now. So read at your own risk.
If you're familiar with the Golden Compass which was released in 2007 (and ended up being a disappointment), you probably have some grasp of what's going on in the story. If not, then you should know that that film was actually based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials novel series.
The universe of His Dark Materials is placed in a multi-world reality in which humans are accompanied by animal companions known as daemons yeah, said to be manifestations of human souls. The story revolves around a young orphaned girl named Lyra Belacqua who lives with the scholars at Jordan College, Oxford. Like in the novel, Lyra will uncover a potentially dangerous secret that will involve her father Lord Asriel Belacqua and Marisa Coulter.
His Dark Materials' second season was confirmed in 2018, while the first season was still being filmed. This is a bit of a gamble considering the series didn't even premiere at that point. It just goes to show that HBO and BBC One were highly confident in the show being a success since then. It was also done in an effort to ensure that Dafne Keen doesn't age a lot in between the filming of these seasons to stay faithful to the source material.
On September 27th, 2019, Lin Manuel Miranda, one of the cast members of the show, announced on his official Twitter profile that the crew had finished the filming for the second season of His Dark Materials.
The announcement on Miranda's tweet read, “That's a season 2 rap on Lee Scoresby and Hester!. You'll see season 1 in November #HisDarkMaterials.”
BBC director-general Tony Hall announced that a second season was coming for His Dark Materials. He said, “We are making two series of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and the cost per episode is high, it’s ambitious.”
Since season 1 just premiered at the beginning of November, and the filming for season 2 wrapped up in late September, we won't be expecting the next chapter of His Dark Materials to drop probably until late 2020.
Before the premiere of season 1, Ruth Wilson, who plays the character of Mrs. Coulter, gave us an update on RadioTimes.com by saying, “They're still working on season 1 as we're shooting season 2, so it's an awful lot of work that everyone's doing.”
As for the number of episodes, executive producer Jane Tranter said, “BBC and HBO kindly said ‘let's make 16 episodes across the two books and go for it.’” This basically confirms that like season 1, season 2 will also have eight episodes.
Through this update, we can assume that season 2 is almost finishing up on its production. This means that we can surely expect the second season to premiere at the end of 2020 or at least give us the trailer and air at the start of 2021. It also means that Dafne Keen, who plays the main protagonist Lyra, will not be looking too old by the time season 2 comes around.
As for the possibility of filming season 3, Tranter said, “We’re probably giving her [Keen] a year off between season two and season three but season one and season two we had quite a fast turnaround and eight episodes felt about right."
In season 1, which was based on Philip Pullman's first novel in the series, we witnessed how the twelve-year-old Lyra Belacqua ventured off into the Frozen North in order to rescue her absconding friend Rodger (Lewin Lloyd) along with her friend Will Perry (Amir Wilson), and also learns about her father Lord Asriel as well as his investigations of ‘Dust'.
Season 2 is going to adapt The Subtle Knife, which is the second book in the His Dark Materials series. It will focus on Lyra facing even more dangers because of her father Lord Asriel and her mother Mrs. Coulter. We can also expect the world of HDM to expand given the existence of other dimensions.
In the meantime, Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) is on the trail of the enigmatic Grumman who went off in his balloon, venturing away from where Dafne is.
Some of the things that we'll get to see in the upcoming episodes will be Cittàgazze, a city within a parallel world that is infested by Spectres, a band of soul-eating creatures. The city has been amazingly built with great attention to detail at the Bad Wolf studios in Cardiff.
It's pretty much a given to expect the return of the following characters and their respective actors:
Dafne Keen (Lyra Belacqua)
Ruth Wilson (Marisa Coulter)
Clarke Peters (The Master)
James Cosmo (Farder Coram)
Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal)
James McAvoy (Lord Asriel)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby)
It's also been announced that Andrew Scott will be playing Colonel John Perry and will be joining the rest of the cast for the second season. This character is an explorer and a marine and also happens to be Will's father. This announcement was made on the official Twitter account of His Dark Materials where Andrew Scott is shown in the shop along with Lin-Manuel Miranda:
The Tweet reads, “When Lee Scoresby met John Perry."
Sorry guys, nothing on our end yet. But we’ll be sure to update you once we get something. But check out the trailer for season 1 below: