After an almost two-year absence owing to the epidemic, the BBC fantasy series His Dark Materials is poised to return this year.
The third series, based on a trilogy of novels by Philip Pullman set at Oxford, will be the last instalment.
Season three started filming in June 2021 and ended in November 2021.
Season three will premiere on 17 August 2022, according to the BBC, although the specific date has yet to be determined.
During a BBC Breakfast interview, star James McAvoy, on the other hand, looked upbeat, implying that season three may premiere as soon as this month.
However, it seems that McAvoy, who portrays Lord Asriel, was mistaken this time, and the series will premiere at a later date.
The second season features a lot of filming in Oxford, with the two main protagonists, Will and Lyra, alternating between two alternate versions of the city.
The third season’s cast
Lyra (Dafne Keen), Will (Amir Wilson), Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), Mary Malone (Simone Kirby), Father MacPhail (Will Keen), Serafina Pekkala (Ruta Gedmintas), and Lord Asriel (Ruta Gedmintas) are among the recognisable characters from seasons one and two (James McAvoy).
The big issue is whether Lyra’s lover Roger (Lewin Lloyd) will make an appearance this season.
If you saw the season two end credit sequence, you may have seen Roger in a weird realm.
Many fans are asking whether Lin-Manuel Miranda’s character, Lee Scoresby, would return, despite the fact that this seems improbable given the events of season two.
Iorek Byrninson, played by Joe Tandberg, was mostly missing in season two, but he is expected to return in the final season with a greater part.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who starred in Game of Thrones, will portray Commander Ogunwe, while Jamie Ward, who starred in The Durrells, will play Father Gomez.
Season two ended on a cliffhanger, with angels entering the growing fight.
The rebel angels Balthamos, Baruch, and Xaphania will be played by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith from Mary Poppins Returns, Simon Harrison from ITV’s Endeavour (also set in Oxford), and Chipo Chung from Into the Badlands in season three.
The narrative of the last season will be based on the final instalment of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.
If you’ve read the book, you’ll know what to anticipate, but be prepared for some spectacular fight scenes as the cast declares war on the sinister Authority.
The His Dark Materials Twitter account teased us with a few shots from season three’s production, captioned: “The end is approaching. #theamberspyglass #hisdarkmaterials “…
— His Dark Materials (@darkmaterials) December 22, 2021
In season three, we may anticipate seeing a number of diverse realms, including a possible Land of the Dead starring our little Roger.
Hopefully, an official trailer will be released soon.