'His Dark Materials' Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

'His Dark Materials' Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

Season 2 of the fantasy series dropped in November 2020, and the showrunners are already figuring out what to do with season 3.

This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of January 6, 2021.

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. 

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Will There Be 'His Dark Materials' Season 3? 

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. 

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When Will 'His Dark Materials' Season 3 Release? 

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.

Showrunner Jack Thorne revealed to the Guardian that they were aiming to start filming season 3 next summer, which may mean that new episodes won't be available until 2022.

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The Plot: What Will Happen in 'His Dark Materials' season 3?

Showrunner Thorne has suggested that Father MacPhail will be the central character for season 3.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: "It's hard to talk about because there's a thing that happens in series three, as we've got it in our heads, that sees Father MacPhail (Will Keen) do something quite extraordinary and quite desperate, and that question always intrigued us. It was something that we always wanted to itch at."

Season 3 could feature the fall of the Magisterium, as Thorne suggested that one of the organizations' most influential personalities will get punished.

The series has deviated away from the chronological order of the events in the books, so although we can aim to predict what will exactly happen based on the novels, there is an element of mystery left among us.

The show can also adapt scenes from Pullman's other novel series as Executive producer Jane Tranter said she is "very excited to reference some events from The Book of Dust, another of Pullman's series."

These books include La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth, which focus on Lyra's backstory.

On the whole, we are extremely excited of what there is to come as production designer Joel Collins puts to RadioTimes.com, “We obviously go to the land of the dead, and what an exciting thing to think about and journey through. It’s literally a huge, complicated and brilliantly fun puzzle. I’ve got loads of ideas.”

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Who Among The Cast Is Returning For 'His Dark Materials' season 3?

Nothing is confirmed yet, but based on showrunner Thorne's revelation, Will Keen is likely to reprise his role as Father Hugh MacPhail for season 3.

We are also rooting to see Dafne Keen (as Lyra Belacqua), together with Amir Wilson (as her new friend Will Parry), back in season 3.

Other cast members to look forward to are Ruth Wilson (as Marisa Coulter) and Simone Kirby (as Dr. Mary Malone), not to mention James McAvoy (as Lord Asriel) as he was missing in season 2, but his actions in the background suggest he has a big role to play in His Dark Materials season 3. 

'His Dark Materials' Season 3 Official Trailer: When Can We See It? 

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. 


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