'His Dark Materials' Will Return to HBO for a Third Season

Kayla Keegan
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Photo credit: HBO

From Good Housekeeping

His Dark Materials fans want more — and more they shall receive.

As announced on December 22, HBO and BBC One have officially renewed His Dark Materials for an eight-episode third and final season. Following the narrative arc of Philip Pullman's award-winning book trilogy of the same name, fans of the fantastical TV series will once again join Lyra (Dafne Keen) on her dangerous and exciting journey discovering new worlds alongside her friend Will (Amir Wilson) from another world.

Get the full scoop on His Dark Materials season 3 below:

When does season 3 of His Dark Materials come out?

Even though seasons 1 and 2 came out in November of 2019 and 2020 respectively, it's unlikely that season 3 will follow a similar timeline, since the first two seasons were shot back-to-back. When speaking with The Guardian in December, showrunner Jack Thorne revealed that they were aiming to start filming season 3 next summer, which may mean that new episodes won't be available until 2022.

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Photo credit: HBO

That said, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, anything can change. We'll be sure to update this post as time gets closer and we learn more info.

Are there any season 3 spoilers out there?

While we can't say we know exactly what show writers have in store, we can make an educated guess based on what happens in Philip's third novel of the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Amber Spyglass. Assuming the script follows the book, angels Baruch (Oliver Monaghan) and Balthamos (Ikay Agu) will offer to assist Will to deliver the Subtle Knife to Lord Asriel (James McAvoy). But ultimately, Will will decide that rescuing Lyra from Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) is more important. Meanwhile, Asriel will continue to raise an army in his quest to fight the Authority while hoping to get his hands on the knife.

Per Digital Spy, fans can expect to also see new worlds emerge in season 3, such as the land of the dead, where Lyra and Roger (Lewin Lloyd) reunite, and the world of the mulefa, where the animals can identify other sentient and intelligent creatures. What's more, fans will also likely witness Will and Lyra's affection for one another grow stronger in the episodes ahead.

Who will be in the His Dark Materials season 3 cast?

Since the plot of His Dark Materials revolves around a cast of main characters, the show's leads — Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy — are all expected to return for season 3.

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Photo credit: HBO Max

That said, some cast members may not be front and center in season 3 after the heartbreaking season 2 finale where Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Hester (Cristela Alonzo), John Parry (Andrew Scott), and Sayan (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) all die. But given that the show deals with the world of the dead, it is possible for some of these characters to return.

On another note, according to ScreenRant.com, fans should also expect to see more actors come on to play new characters, such as Gallivespian spy Lord Roke and the angel Metatron.

If/when additional casting announcements are made, we'll be sure to add them to this post.

How can I watch and stream His Dark Material episodes?

All season 1 and 2 episodes of His Dark Material are currently available to stream on HBO Max, which is compatible with select Amazon, Android, Apple, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and Xbox devices. It's important to note that subscribers to HBO may already have access to HBO Max. For more details and ways to access HBO Max, subscribers should check out HBOMax.com/I-Already-Have-Access.

Meanwhile, season 1 episodes will be available to HBO subscribers on demand starting Monday, January 4, 2020. Season 2 episodes are being shown at various times on several HBO channels (check the TV episode listings here).

If you don't have HBO Max access, you can still stream His Dark Materials episodes on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Youtube TV. Otherwise, individual episodes are available for purchase on YouTube and Google Play for $1.99 each.

Lastly, U.K. viewers can enjoy seasons 1 and 2 (called series 1 and 2) via the BBC iPlayer on BBC.com. Additionally, U.K. viewers should check out the show's BBC One page for more episode information.

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