Lyra’s enthralling fantasy saga will likely reach a stunning finale in season 3 of His Dark Materials. The third and final season of His Dark Materials is scheduled to broadcast on HBO later this year, and the cast and creators have already begun teasing viewers.
Based on Philip Pullman’s monumental book series of the same name, His Dark Materials is a world-hopping fantasy that follows precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua, her shape-shifting animal companion-who-is-really-her-soul) Pantalaimon, and their friend Will Parry as they navigate an interdimensional conflict in which free will itself is at stake.
Lord Asriel, portrayed by James McAvoy, was a notable figure who appeared infrequently throughout the second season of the show. Asriel is not actually in The Subtle Knife, the book on which season 2 is based, but following the cliffhanger ending of the first season, in which he sacrificed one of Lyra’s friends to open a portal to other realms, it was inevitable that the character would return.
The third and final season, based on Philip Pullman’s third novel The Amber Spyglass, should air by the end of 2022. Here is all you need to know about the third season of His Dark Materials.
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Speculation about the His Dark Materials season 3 release date:
In 2022, the third season of His Dark Materials will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK. Due to the massive VFX required by the story’s scope, the BBC has stated that the final season will air in late 2022 and that it is unlikely to come until the fall due to production delays.
This results in a significantly longer break than between seasons one and two, which aired concurrently between autumn 2019 and autumn 2020.
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Who will be returning for the third season of His Dark Materials?
Along with Ruth Wilson’s Mrs. Coulter, Simone Kirby’s Mary Malone, Ruta Gedmintas’ Serafina Pekkala, and Will Keen’s Father (or rather, Cardinal) MacPhail, series regulars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson are expected to reprise their roles as Lyra and Will.
James McAvoy is also returning as Lord Asriel from season one after being mainly missing from season two (with the exception of a surprise cameo in the final episode) since his character plays a greater role in the novel on which the next season is based.
The confirmed cast for His Dark Materials seasons 3 is as follows.
- Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
- Amir Wilson as Will Parry
- Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter
- Will Keen as Cardinal Hugh MacPhail
- James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua
- Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala
- Jade Anouka as Ruta Skadi
- Simone Kirby as Dr. Mary Malone
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Commander Ogunwe
- Jamie Ward as Father Gomez
- Lewin Lloyd as Roger
- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Balthamos
- Simon Harrison as Baruch
- Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe as Ama
- Chipo Chung as Xaphania
- Sian Clifford as Agent Salmakia
- Jonathan Aris as Commander Roke
- Kit Connor as the voice of Pantalaimon
- David Suchet as the voice of Kaisa
- Joe Tandberg as Iorek Byrnison (voice and motion capture)
- Sope Dirisu as the voice of Sergi
- Lindsay Duncan as the voice of Octavia
The plot of His Dark Materials season 3:
The third season of His Dark Materials is based on the third and final novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Amber Spyglass. The Magisterium pursues Lyra because the theocracy has decreed that she must die to prevent the fall of humanity and the repetition of Adam and Eve’s original sin.
All of this transpires against the backdrop of the epic war between Asriel’s army and the forces of heaven, so there is much at risk. This is all without saying that Lyra and Will Parry journey to the World of the Dead in search of Roger, which is presumably what the Season 2 post-credits sequence was alluding to.
The book also covers the history of angels, explaining how they initially got so powerful. Obviously, we will not reveal the conclusion, despite the fact that the book has been on the stores for twenty years… However, it is safe to assume that there will be some tears shed towards the conclusion of the series.
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In a conversation with the One Show regarding the last season, James McAvoy hinted at an impending battle. “What am I able to say? It is war, McAvoy declared on The One Show. “At the end of the second season, we declare war on the Kingdom of Heaven, so there will be a lot of fistfights, explosions, and all that sort of thing.
But at its core, it is about a young girl and a young boy… nor the adults with inflated egos.” Although Phillip Pullman has created a prequel trilogy titled The Book of Dust, it would be simple for BBC and HBO to adapt it into a sequel series. The series expands the universe, and the second novel begins with Lyra at age 20. Who knows whether Dafne Keen will return for more?
How and where to watch His Dark Materials season 3?
Based on prior seasons, you should expect to be able to watch the next season of His Dark Materials on the BBC, either through broadcast channels or the iPlayer, if you reside in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it will be available only through HBO, whether you acquire it via cable or HBO Max.
Is there any His Dark Materials season 3 footage out there yet?
Even though filming has now wrapped, we’re still waiting for the first trailer for His Dark Materials season three. If it’s not airing until late 2022, we might still be waiting a while too. We will let you know as soon as we know more though, promise! His Dark Materials series 1 and 2 are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer. let’s have a look at the trailer for Season 2.