His Dark Materials is a fantasy drama television series based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman. It is produced by Bad Wolf and Newline Productions, for BBC One and HBO, with the latter handling international distribution
There isn’t a release date for His Dark Materials season two, but don’t expect too long a wait as filming had mostly finished before the first season even premiered.
“They’re still working on season one as we’re shooting season two, so it’s an awful lot of work that everyone’s doing,” Ruth Wilson, who plays Mrs. Coulter, told us.
What will happen?
His Dark Materials is set in a pre-industrial parallel world where everyone has ‘daemons’: physical representations of a person’s soul usually as an animal. Season one saw 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua set out to the frozen North to save her kidnapped friend Roger, where she learns some revelations about her uncle Lord Asriel and his investigations into ‘Dust’.
All the main cast returns, including Logan’s Dafne Keen as feisty heroine Lyra Belacqua, X-Men star James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Luther’s Ruth Wilson as the terrifying Mrs. Coulter, Lin Manuel-Miranda as aeronaut Lee Scoresby and newcomer Amir Wilson as Lyra’s new BFF Will Parry.
One original cast member who probably won’t be returning is Lewin Lloyd because Roger Parslow dies at the end of Northern Lights. However, BBC’s TV adaptation has already strayed from the source material somewhat and, as readers know, there’s still a chance he could return in a season three adaptation of The Amber Spyglass anyway…
Some more spoilers here:
Season two will adapt The Subtle Knife, Pullman’s second book in the original trilogy. While it’s safe to assume that most of the story beats will be picked up again on screen, season one has already played around with the story a bit, so season two still has the potential to surprise fans.
Still, we’re almost certain that Will Parry will join Lyra in Cittàgazze at some point, the two moving between their own worlds and other, newly discovered universes as we begin to see the cosmic – not to say apocalyptic – consequences of Asriel’s discoveries about the nature of Dust.