HBO has announced that Season 2 of His Dark Materials will debut on November 16. The show is based on the Philip Pullman trilogy of fantasy novels comprising Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. You can check out the recently released trailer for the upcoming season down below.
According to a release, the second season “begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown.” Further along in their journeys “in a strange and mysterious city [they] meet Will, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.”
Season 2 series regulars include Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby.
Like Season 1, this upcoming season was written by Jack Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He also was attached to rewrite Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker before being replaced.
If you missed the first season on HBO last year and are wondering whether to start by reading the books or watching the adaptation first, you can read our rundown of how the two differ here. His Dark Materials was also adapted previously in 2007 for the Daniel Craig movie The Golden Compass, and also a video game of the same name.
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