BBC Releases Trailer For ‘His Dark Materials’ Season 2

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23 Jul 20

As part of the [email protected] panel today, the BBC dropped a trailer for His Dark Materials‘ Season 2 which returns to our screens later this year.

Based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, ‘His Dark Materials’ follows Lyra (Dafne Keen – ‘Logan’, ‘The Refugees’), a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organisation, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.

The panel, which you can see in full below, features Dafne Keen alongside Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal), Amir Wilson (Will Parry), Andrew Scott (John Parry), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby). They were joined by executive producer Jane Tranter who revealed this season will actually be seven episodes rather than the planned eight due to the global pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean it will be missing an ending.

The episode, which followed what Lord Asriel had been doing between going through the anomaly at the end of season one and when we see him at the beginning of book three (The Amber Spyglass), was a standalone story. Whilst the majority of Season 2 is based on ‘The Subtle Knife’ novel, this story was original, penned by writer Jack Thorne with the blessing of original author Philip Pullman. Sadly, it had to be dropped when filming was shut down, although it may be added back in at some point in the future.

“It meant that we could continue post-production on the seven episodes that make up The Subtle Knife and just put the Asriel standalone episode to one side and maybe in the future we can revisit it as a standalone. But essentially our adaptation of The Subtle Knife had been completed,” commented Tranter.

It was also revealed at the panel that there will be a little ‘Fleabag’ reunion in Season 2, as Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a small voice role on the drama as his osprey dæmon Sayan Kötör. “What’s beautiful to me about the books is the relationship with the dæmons,” he commented. “The relationship is all about companionship, friendship, and loyalty and that’s what I feel about Phoebe in my real life so it’s wonderful that this is happening.” You can watch the full panel below.

His Dark Materials‘ Season 2 premieres later in 2020 on BBC One.