According to a recent tweet from HBO, the third season of His Dark Materials will premiere on December 5, 2022.
Based on the trilogy of books of the same name, His Dark Materials focuses on the adventures of Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) as she tries to unravel the mysteries of a magical property called Dust.
The first two seasons were very close to the books, something that is a far cry from the 2007 movie. “The Golden Compass”. The film received an average of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics noting that it failed to embrace the controversial elements of its source material.
So the third season of His Dark Materials will adapt the final book of the original trilogy, “The Amber Spyglass”.
Arguably the most complex and darkest entry in the franchise, the series will go to great lengths to faithfully bring the book to the screen and tie the plot together.
Given its accuracy so far, however, fans will likely expect more of the same in Season 3. However, the final season of His Dark Materials it will be really different from the books to a large extent.
His Dark Materials Season 3 Will Show More of Asriel and Coulter
During a recent interview with the Entertainment Weeklythe stars of His Dark Materials James McAvoy and Amir Wilson teased the events to come in the show’s third and final season.
Among the snippets of information provided, McAvoy offered an intriguing detail about the ways in which the series will differ from the books. And it all comes down to how your characters Asriel Belacqua and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson) will be considered in the story.
“We had to fulfill all the promises of Season 1 and 2 and show the things Coulter and Asriel do.,” McAvoy said. “In the books, you don’t really see it. You’re told about it a little bit or in hindsight ‘hey there’s other things going on over there in the Republic of Heaven with Asriel’. And we had to show a lot more of that.”
McAvoy admitted that this aspect of the series was challenging. In part, because expanding on this particular part meant altering the book, and they wanted to stay true to author Philip Pullman’s vision.
As far as narrative decisions for adaptations go, this is one that absolutely makes sense.
The books mainly centered around Lyra and Will Parry (Wilson) and their perspective on events. But the series has already included many different perspectives throughout its run. Giving more context to the events in the final book is just an evolution of that. Still, book fans can be hard to please, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to these changes when the series airs.
His Dark Materials trailer reveals the return
Like a phoenix, Lee Scoresby of His Dark Materials resurfaced.
The trailer for the final season of the fantasy series, which HBO released this Friday, ended with an image of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Lee, who was quite dead in the final moments of the season two finale.
According to the official logline, “Lyra (played by Dafne Keen), the prophesied child, and Will (Amir Wilson), the wielder of The Subtle Knife, must travel to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As their father’s great war against the Authority looms, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price.”
In addition to Keen and Wilson, the final season’s cast will include Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Simone Kirby as Mary Malone, Will Keen as Father President McPhail, Jade Anouka as Ruta Skadi. Also, Ruta Gedminstas as Serafina Pekkala, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Commander Ogunwe, Jamie Ward as Father Gomez, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simon Harrison and Chipo Chung as the rebel angels Balthamos, Baruch and Xaphania, and Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe as Ama .
The 3rd season of His Dark Materials will feature eight episodes, premiering on December 5th. Each week, two episodes will premiere, with the finale scheduled to air on December 26.