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

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Photo credit: HBO


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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. According to Deadline, filming is now underway for the final season, which may mean that new episodes won't be available until 2022.

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Photo credit: HBO

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?

Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Simone Kirby (Mary Malone), Will Keen (Father McPhail), Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), Ruta Gedminstas (Serafina Pekkala) and James McAvoy (Lord Asriel) are all expected to return, per Deadline.

Photo credit: HBO Max
Photo credit: HBO Max

What's more, the outlet confirmed some new cast members coming on board for season 3: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Commander Ogunwe Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe as Ama, and Jamie Ward as Father Gomez. What's more, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simon Harrison and Chipo Chung will portray the rebel angels Balthamos, Baruch and Xaphania.

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 are available to HBO subscribers on demand. 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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