And, even better, this is the latest series
to feature the daemonically brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Here’s everything
we know so far.
His Dark Materials follows the multi-dimensional adventures of Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen). Photo: BBC/Bad Wolf
the story of His Dark Materials, season 2?
Dark Materials takes place in a multiverse: populated with parallel universes. In one of them, humans are tied to talking animals called 'daemons'. The story follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, a 12-year-old girl with
a weight of destiny on her shoulders, guided by her future-telling alethiometer.
After travelling to the icy north to find
her explorer uncle, Lord Asriel, she finds out a devastating truth. She follows
Asriel through a portal into another universe, into the unknown. Season two reveals what she finds.
Lyra is guided by her future-telling alethiometer. Photo: BBC/Bad Wolf
Jack Thorne played with the structure of the original books in season one. He introduced Will Parry (who doesn’t appear until the second book) early on, his story running in parallel to Lyra’s. In season two, we explore Will’s story in greater
detail. He meets with Lyra and her daemon Pan in the surreal city of Cittágazze,
where they find the fabled ‘subtle knife’ that cuts into reality and allows
passage between alternative dimensions.
Where Lyra continues to search for Asriel,
Will also searches for his mysterious and adventurous father, John, while a war
is building around them. And we can’t forget about Mrs Coulter, the vivid
villain of the piece, who continues to hunt Lyra down.
Lyra finally crosses paths with Will Parry (Amir Wilson), who comes from a different universe. Photo: BBC/Bad Wolf
in the His Dark Materials, season 2 cast?
main cast are returning for season two: including Dafne Keen as Lyra, Amir Wilson
as Will Parry, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter,
and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel. And Andrew Scott, previously restricted to appearing only in photographs, will be fully realised in season two as Will’s
Ruth Wilson returns as the villainous Mrs Coulter. Photo: BBC/Bad Wolf
most inspired casting news is the addition of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, reuniting
with Scott for the first time since Fleabag finished last year. Very
appropriately, she’s voicing John Parry’s daemon.
joining the cast are Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up) as witch queen Ruta Skadi, and Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders) as
the dark matter physicist Mary Malone.
Simone Kirby has been cast as the dark matter physicist Mary Malone. Photo: BBC/Bad Wolf
the His Dark Materials, season 2 release date?
BBC and HBO have revealed that the new season will air in November. We’ll have
to cope with our own reality in the meantime. Until then, watch the new trailer below
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