Is there anything better than Comic-Con trailer drops? I don’t think so. After falling in love with the HBO and BBC adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s series, the shows kicks off their panel with a season two His Dark Materials trailer reveal! And boy, is it a trailer!
And obviously, the trailer and details below contain major spoilers for season one!
Holy cow! I am way too excited to see The Subtle Knife finally get an adaptation. We already saw elements of it with Will’s story in season one, but the trailer also shows scenes set in Cittàgaze and shots of Dr. Mary Malone (Simone Kirby) and also shots of The Subtle Knife.
From the synopsis for season two, it seems like the second season might offer fewer twists in narrative telling but I’m sure executive producer Jack Thorne has a couple surprises up his sleeve. Notably, in their Comic-Con panel, Thorne and EP Jane Tranter mentioned that there will be a standalone episode in the bunch that shows Lord Asriel’s journey during the events of season two, since he is notably absent from The Subtle Knife.
In the second season of HIS DARK MATERIALS, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will (Amir Wilson), 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 (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.
The season seems to once again be split between multiple points of view. We see Lyra and Will finally meet, they will be entangled with Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and Mary Malone. We also see Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) sailing in his hot air balloon with John Parry (Andrew Scott) along with scenes of the witches and the magisterium, and of course Mrs. Coulter on her own journey to try and find Lyra.
His Dark Materials is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
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