His Dark Materials renewed for third and final season

His Dark Materials S2His Dark Materials will conclude with a final season, effectively adapting Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy.

His Dark Materials follows the adventures of Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen), her daemon Pan, and Will Parry (Amir Wilson) as they travel between multiple worlds and figure out a grander destiny. They are pursued by Lyra’s ruthless mother, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) while aeronaut Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) joins forces with a mysterious shaman named Jopari (Andrew Scott), who is tied to Will.

Season two also starred Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas, Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby.

While the first season adapted the first novel, The Golden Compass, and the recently concluded (in the UK) second season was an adaptation of The Subtle Knife, the third season will be adapting the final novel in the series, The Amber Spyglass.

According to Variety, the third season will be comprised of eight episodes and production will begin in 2021.

Executive vice president of HBO Programming Francesca Orsi said this about the renewal:

“Bringing Phillip Pullman’s epic, intricate and culturally resonant body of work to television has been a tremendous privilege…We thank our incredible partners at the BBC and the entire Bad Wolf team, led by the indefatigable Jane Tranter, for their exceptional work on the first two seasons.  We look forward to completing the trilogy with this final chapter in Lyra’s journey.”

BBC Drama commissioning editor, Ben Irving, added:

“It’s been a joy to see how ‘His Dark Materials’ has brought British TV audiences of all ages together on BBC One and BBC iPlayer…

Fans of Phillip Pullman’s incredible books, and newcomers alike, have been enthralled by adventuring with Lyra and Will through multiple worlds. We are thrilled that they will be able to continue their journey in a third series of this beautifully realized drama. Our thanks to our partners at HBO and the dedicated creative team at Bad Wolf for making a landmark series that will continue to be watched and enjoyed on the BBC for years to come.”

Finally, His Dark Materials executive producer Jane Tranter expressed her appreciation of the team behind the series, saying:

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.  To see that hard work and dedication applauded and embraced by fans around the world has made all the hard work worthwhile. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful commitment and conviction of the BBC and HBO. I am excited, thrilled and honored to be making the third part of Philip Pullman’s trilogy with their support and encouragement. Diolch.”

His Dark Materials season two will conclude on December 28 on HBO.

Read our reviews of the series HERE.