'His Dark Materials' Season 3 is in the works. Find all the updates here.
'His Dark Materials is an utterly spellbinding fantasy series on HBO and BBC One.
The series is set in a multi-world reality and follows a young orphan girl named Lyra and a teenage boy named Will as they try to travel between worlds to avoid deadly enemies and uncover the truth behind a mysterious substance called Dust.
Season 2 dropped on 8 November 2020, but we are already very eager to find out if Lyra's journey will continue.
Here's everything we know so far.
On December 22, HBO and BBC One officially announced the renewal for an eight-episode third and final season!
The fantasy series is based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman. Season 2 covered the second book of the trilogy called The Subtle Knife, and there is a third and final book in Pullman's novel series called The Amber Spyglass, which could be used as season 3's source material.
The showrunner is already working on possible season 3 ideas, which involve seeing Father MacPhail as the central character.
We will discuss this more below.
In the past seasons, the show drops on BBC One and HBO in November and runs through December. However, we know how much the pandemic has disrupted filming schedules worldwide over the last year, so a 2021 release is unlikely to happen.
It is also worth noting that season 2 started filming ahead of season one's release in 2019, which gave the show ample time to prepare for the second season.
Executive producer Jane Tranter told Deadline back in November 2020 that they were aiming to start filming season 3 by summer/ spring of 2021.
In June 2021, Deadline announced that filming for the new season finally had begun. Based on the recent developments, season 3 will likely release in 2022.
Season 3 will be based on 'The Amber Spyglass.' It is the most complex and ambitious book in Pullman’s 'His Dark Materials' trilogy of novels and will see Lyra and Will travel through different worlds to find each other.
"Fans of Phillip Pullman’s incredible books, and newcomers alike, have been enthralled by adventuring with Lyra and Will through multiple worlds," Ben Irving, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, Wales said in a statement.
"We are thrilled that they will be able to continue their journey in a third series of this beautifully realised drama. Our thanks to our partners at HBO and the dedicated creative team at Bad Wolf for making a landmark series that will continue to be watched and enjoyed on the BBC for years to come.”
New faces will be joining the series in season 3, including Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad) as Commander Ogunwe; Jamie Ward (Tyrant) as Father Gomez.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Simon Harrison (No Man’s Land), and Chipo Chung (Into the Badlands) will play rebel angels Balthamos, Baruch, and Xaphania. Xaphania was voiced by Sophie Okonedo in series 2.
Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe will star as Ama.
On 20 September 2021, it was announced that Sian Clifford and Jonathan Aris had been cast in the series 3.
For the returning cast, we have Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Simone Kirby (Mary Malone), Will Keen (Father McPhail), Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), Ruta Gedminstas (Serafina Pekkala), and James McAvoy (Lord Asriel).
There is no official trailer available as of this writing, so we will leave you with the season 2 trailer in the meantime.
Continue to keep an eye on this space for future updates.