Sound the alarms — His Dark Materials will be returning to HBO and BBC One for a third season, Deadline reports! However, it’ll be the show’s last. The plan is to adapt the final book in Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy entitled The Amber Spyglass. Pullman’s previous novels in said trilogy are Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife.
The news comes as the popular fantasy series wraps up its second outing with the season finale on December 28. Season Two of His Dark Materials only consists of seven episodes due to COVID-19. Production on Season Three is slated to begin next year in Cardiff, Wales.
Season Two follows Lyra (Dafne Keen) as she’s reeling from the death of her best friend. She embarks on a strange journey through an abandoned city, wherein she meets Will (Amir Wilson). The pair soon discover that their destinies are intertwined, but they must reunite Will with his father. However, a war between worlds is brewing, and their efforts are constantly thwarted along the way. Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) continues her search for Lyra and is determined to bring her home.
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, had this to say regarding the show’s third season renewal:
Bringing Phillip Pullman’s epic, intricate and culturally resonant body of work to television has been a tremendous privilege. We thank our incredible partners at the BBC and the entire Bad Wolf team, led by the indefatigable Jane Tranter, for their exceptional work on the first two seasons. We look forward to completing the trilogy with this final chapter in Lyra’s journey.
I have a lot of respect for shows that are able to go out on their own terms. Shows that know when it’s time for the curtain call. It would be ludicrous to go beyond Pullman’s trilogy, as that would feel like discrediting the author’s original ending.
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