His Dark Materials will return this Fall with its second season.
The pandemic has been wreaking havoc on the comic convention world, but the San Diego Comic Con has put together a virtual experience that still gives geeks a taste of the real thing.
Among the numerous panels during the event was the His Dark Materials cast and crew session where the trailer for the second season was unveiled.
Aside from a few key story arcs, the trailer also confirmed that the second season would be released in Fall of 2020.
His Dark Materials is based on the popular Phillip Pullman series of the same name—each season will be adapting a book from the series, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
What Does the His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer Reveal?
The atmospheric and eerie season two trailer for His Dark Materials takes off some time after the end of the first season finale. Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen) is in another world, along with Will Parry (Amir Wilson), who also doesn’t belong to that world. Both characters had entered a rift during the finale of season one and have subsequently been transported somewhere else entirely.
During the trailer, Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), Lyra’s mother and one of the first season’s antagonists, mentions a multitude of parallel worlds, and how people on these worlds will be searching for Lyra, many for nefarious purposes.
The trailer also reveals Andrew Scott’s John Parry, who was only seen in pictures and videos in the first season—he is set to play a larger role in the second instalment.
Fans can also expect to see more magic and possibly more violence, if the snippets in the trailer are anything to go by.
His Dark Materials Season 2 Secrets
During the SDCC@Home His Dark Materials panel, the cast and crew shared a few secrets about their time working on the second season of the show.
Jane Tranter, Executive Producer on the show, revealed that principal photography on the season had been completed by December 2019. The only scenes remaining were for a stand-alone episode featuring James McAvoy’s Lord Asriel, which was slated to shoot during March 2020.
With the pandemic putting a stop to all outdoor activities, the stand-alone episode was scrapped and will be revisited later. However, what had been filmed was enough to build the second season around.
Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson shared that they spent a great deal of time together and bonded over their experiences of living away from home and their shared dislike of school. They also spoke about how their characters are learning how to trust again after the events of season one made them suspicious of everyone around them.
Ariyon Bakare, who plays Carlo Boreal, talked about being recognised on the street and asked to do birthday messages as Boreal. Bakare had never played a villain before His Dark Materials but was advised by a director that by showing no emotion, he would be able to embody a villain.
Apparently, on set, Bakare is nothing like his character, and even had the cast say, “Boreal: Because you’re worth it” (a parody of the L’Oreal tagline) in their mother-tongues, which will be a fun tidbit for fans.
Ruth Wilson said that her character will be spending a great deal of time on her own, and with her monkey Daemon—she even had a stuffed monkey seated behind her during the video call, which did not go unnoticed. She also described Mrs Coulter as a character who challenges and confuses her, which makes her particularly interesting to play.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dafne Keen spent a great deal of time together in season one and bonded over their shared language—Spanish—and love of showtunes. However, in season two, the two have few scenes together because Lyra is in another world.
Miranda’s Lee Scoresby will spend the season in search of Lyra who he has become protective of. And he will be doing so with Andrew Scott’s John Parry. The bulk of their scenes were shot together on a balloon, revealed Miranda.
There was a sweet moment during the panel that fans will cherish, courtesy Miranda. It turns out he and his wife, Vanessa, were huge fans of the books and read them together.
Scott also shared a fun bit of news—his Daemon on the show will be voiced by none other than Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator, and lead actor of Fleabag, which co-starred Scott as the Hot Priest. The cast were as overjoyed at the news as fans will certainly be.
Where Can You Watch His Dark Materials Season 2?
Jane Tranter confirmed that the second season of His Dark Materials will be airing this Fall on BBC iPlayer and on the new HBO streaming service, HBO Max.
What are you most excited for in the second season of His Dark Materials? Let us know in the comments.