His Dark Materials season three is looking highly likely following the release of season two, which will air in the UK on BBC One on November 8. The second season will air on HBO in the US a week later, and fans already are keen to find out more about the next season. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the prospect of season three.
Will there be another series of His Dark Materials?
The second season of the series is based on the book called The Subtle Knife, which is the second of Pullman’s His Dark Materials book series.
Season two is due to be released in the UK on November 8, so although it is perhaps too early to suggest season three will get the go-ahead, it is likely considering there is another book to follow.
The third and final book is called The Amber Spyglass, so fans are hoping a third season would cover the events of this book.
Showrunner Jack Thorne also told Express.co.uk some ideas already in the pipeline for season three, regarding the evolution of the Magisterium.
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.
“So we brought it forward into series one and established him as a very solid member of the Magisterium, someone who can be relied on in the Magisterium, in series two we see him transform into a leader and we see him making decisions which pollute him as a person, and we are all building towards that moment in series three where he steps over the edge into something quite dark.”
When will His Dark Materials season 3 be released?
The third season of His Dark Materials is looking likely, however it is too early to say when it will be released due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of season two was filmed ahead of the season one release, back in the summer of 2019, so the second season was not too badly hit by the pandemic.
However the creators did say a standalone episode focussing on Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) had to be cut from the second season due to production ending.
As the cast and crew have not been able to travel to film a third season, the prospect of a November 2021 release date may seem impossible.
Due to the impacts the pandemic has had on production, fans may have to wait until early 2022 before they see any sign of season three.
HBO and the BBC will, of course, have to review the viewing figures for season two before making a renewal decision, but from what has already been said, fans do not need to worry.
Who will be in the cast of His Dark Materials season 3?
As showrunner Thorne has already suggested, Father MacPhail may become a central character in the third season as his actions get him into deep trouble.
Dafne Keen is also expected to return as the main character Lyra Belacqua, with Amir Wilson back as her new friend Will Parry.
Season two introduces Fleabag star Andrew Scott as Will’s dad, John Parry, so fans will hopefully see more of him in season three.
There is little hope of Lord Asriel appearing much in season three, as his appearances in season two will be minimal.
Fans will also be interested to find out what happens to Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson) who has been in pursuit of Lyra since she escaped in the first season.
The second season introduces Dr Mary Malone (Simone Kirby), a professor from Will’s world who knows all about dark matter, or ‘Dust’, as Lyra calls it. There is a chance she could also become a valuable asset in season three.
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What will happen in His Dark Materials season 3?
Season three could easily feature the fall of the Magisterium, with Thorne suggesting one of the organisations most powerful figures will get his comeuppance.
With the series deviating away from the books in terms of the chronology of events, it is difficult to say what else may happen in the third season.
Executive producer Jane Tranter said she was also “very excited to reference some events from The Book of Dust, another of Pullman’s series.
The books include La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth, and they focus on Lyra’s backstory.
Tranter said: “What could be better, La Belle Sauvage has got Lyra as a baby and tells some of Asriel’s backstory and Lyra’s origin story.
“The Secret Commonwealth is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it’s an extraordinary piece. If anyone ever gave us the opportunity to do it we would be there.”
In the meantime fans can keep up to date with the various official His Dark Materials Twitter accounts, managed by HBO, BBC, and the production team Bad Wolf.
Here fans can get plenty of behind the scenes insight, as the cast and crew discuss how the daemons and other mythical elements were created.
The official HBO account for the series shared an inspiring message which suggests the prospect of another season, saying: “Sometimes great adventures do not end in ‘happily ever after,’ but they just might lead to something grand.”
His Dark Materials season 2 airs on BBC One on November 8