'His Dark Materials' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about fantasy adventure series

Season 3 will be based on 'The Amber Spyglass', the last part of Philip Pullman’s original trilogy of novels. Also the show's last season, it will show Lyra reunite with Roger in the world of the dead and meet Angels

                            'His Dark Materials' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about fantasy adventure series

HBO and BBC One announced on December 22 that the internationally successful co-production 'His Dark Materials' has been renewed for a third season. Showrunner Jane Tranter speaking about the renewal said: “'His Dark Materials' has been a truly global TV experience and a personal career highlight. The creative team at Bad Wolf in Cardiff made the impossible possible and brought Philip Pullman’s worlds into vivid life." The show had returned for its seven-episode second season on November 16, 2020. It will conclude its second season Monday, December 28 at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO. Season 1 and season 2 episodes to date are currently available to stream on HBO Max.

Release Date

The third season will commence production in Cardiff in 2021 and will air in November 2021, if it follows the schedule of previous seasons. However, no concrete airing dates have been released as of now.


The third season will be based on 'The Amber Spyglass', the third part of Philip Pullman’s original trilogy of novels. The third book features some of the most exciting concepts of the trilogy. Season 3 will show Lyra reunite with Roger in the world of the dead and meet Angels. Dr Mary Malone will have her encounter with the "mulefas" -- sapient, elephantine creatures -- in a world that is utterly unlike ours. It is in this world that Mary will truly understand the mystery of Dust and construct the "Amber spyglass" from which the third book of the series gets its name. It will also show the end of Will and Lyra's strange adventure that sees them battle for the survival of the multiverse. 


James McAvoy

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Reprising his role as Lord Asriel is James McAvoy, Lyra's father. Lord Asriel sacrifices Lyra's friend, Roger, to create the breach between worlds and fights against the Church's dogmas in his world. McAvoy is best known for playing the faun Mr. Tumnus in 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'. For his performance in 'The Last King of Scotland', he won several award nominations, including the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. For his work on the critically acclaimed romantic drama war film 'Atonement', he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and his second BAFTA nomination. He is best known for his work as the younger Professor Charles Xavier in the the 'X-Men' franchise

Dafne Keen

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Dafne Keen is best known for playing the mutant Laura Kinney/ X-23 in 'Logan' opposite Hugh Jackman. The British and Spanish actress plays the main lead of the show, Lyra Belacqua, who is the daughter of Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter. Lyra has grown by leaps and bounds this season as a war brews around her because she is the "child from the prophecy". She finds a caring and loyal partner and collaborator in Will Parry played by Amir Wilson in season 2 and will continue to rely on him next season too. 

Amir Wilson

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Amir Wilson plays Will Parry, Adam to Lyra's Eve. He is a mature teenager who meets his absent father Colonel John Parry (aka Jopari) played by Andrew Scott in Season 2 and has been taking care of his mentally-ill mother since his father's disappearance from his Earth's Oxford. Wilson has starred in the Netflix series 'The Letter for the King' and 'I Am Not Okay With This'. Most recently, he starred as Dickon in the 2020 film adaptation of 'The Secret Garden'.

Ruth Wilson


The mysterious and cruel Mrs Coulter is played by Ruth Wilson. Before the show, she unceremoniously left the hit show 'The Affair' as rumors circulated of a hostile work environment. She is also known for her role as Alice Morgan in the BBC psychological crime drama 'Luther'.

Simone Kirby

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Simone Kirby plays Dr Mary Malone, who meets Lyra and introduces her to her work on dark matter that corresponds to Dust in her world. She plays the 'good' serpent in Book three in the proverbial Garden of Eden and constructs the Amber spyglass. Simone Kirby is an Irish actress. She is probably best known for playing Oonagh in Ken Loach's film 'Jimmy's Hall'. Other credits include 'Peaky Blinders', 'Notes on Blindness', and 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'.


The show is produced by Bad Wolf in association with New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO. The series will once again be helmed by executive producers Jane Tranter and Dan McCulloch for Bad Wolf. Lead screenwriter Jack Thorne will be joined as executive producer by season 2 writer Francesca Gardner, with Amelia Spencer as a new addition to the scriptwriting team. Joel Collins will continue as production designer and executive producer on the third installment. 


Watch this space for the Season 3 trailer.

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