His Dark Materials Gets Renewed For Season 3

The HBO show's final season will close out the trilogy sometime in 2021.


HBO and BBC One have renewed the drama series His Dark Materials for a third season. The show is based on the Philip Pullman trilogy of fantasy novels comprising Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. As there have been three novels, it sounds like the TV adaptation will only have the three seasons--the upcoming one will close out the televised trilogy. Production is expected to begin sometime in 2021.

"Bringing Phillip Pullman's epic, intricate, and culturally resonant body of work to television has been a tremendous privilege," said HBO programming executive vice president Francesca Orsi. "We look forward to completing the trilogy with this final chapter in Lyra’s journey."

His Dark Materials returned for its seven-episode Season 2 on November 16. The second season will conclude on December 28 at 9 PM on HBO. Season 2 series regulars have included Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby.

If you missed the first season on HBO last year and are wondering whether to start by reading the books or watching the adaptation first, you can read our rundown of how the two differ here. His Dark Materials was also adapted previously in 2007 for the Daniel Craig movie The Golden Compass, and also a video game of the same name.

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