His Dark Materials Season 2 Release Date and Trailer Revealed by HBO

“The Great War” is imminent, we hear in His Dark Materials trailer, and season 2 brings it to HBO in November.

Dafne Keen as Lyra in His Dark Materials Season 2
Photo: BBC/HBO

“The world is aware of a threat over our heads,” we learn in the new His Dark Materials season 2 trailer. “But have no fear. We will do whatever is necessary.”

HBO has announced His Dark Materials season 2 will premiere in November. Based on The Subtle Knife, the second book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novel trilogy, season 2 begins after Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world and, as the trailer warns, the “Great War.” Check out a new trailer below:

In the His Dark Materials season 1 finale, Lyra (Dafne Keen) still reeling over a friend’s death, follows Asriel into the unknown where she runs into Will (Amir Wilson), a boy who also crossed into an alternate universe and is running from trouble from our world. Lyra and Will will spend most of their time in the city of Cittàgazze in season 2. Meanwhile, the malevolent Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) is determined to bring Lyra home no matter what it takes. The trailer also shows Father MacPhail (Will Keen) rousing the Magisterium to war against the witches.

“Witches have always known more than they should,” the trailer explains, and here’s what audiences should catch up on. The trailer also gives us our first, long look at the Spectres, otherworldly creatures who feast on the souls of adults. It also introduces us to Terence Stamp’s new character, Giacomo Paradisi, the bearer of the Subtle Knife, which can cut gaps between worlds.

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Also joining His Dark Materials for season 2, are Jade Anouka (Turn Up Charlie), Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Andrew Scott, who plays Jopari, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, and Ruta Gedmintas are all returning.

His Dark Materials season 1 followed Lyra, an ordinary young woman from another world who is searching for her best friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd) and other local children who’ve been kidnapped. In her search, she uncovers a conspiracy of child abductions and sets out to learn about a phenomenon called Dust.

The young adult fiction source material for the HBO series has always had a problematic relationship with the church, especially when it comes to original sin. The Catholic Herald called Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novel trilogy “the stuff of nightmares” and more “worthy of the bonfire” than Harry Potter. Pullman made his publisher include the quote on the book sleeve as an endorsement.