Cutting through all the Subtle Knife rumors.

Join us as we reveal everything you need to know about His Dark Materials season two.

His Dark Materials season 2 cast: Who’s in it?

Just like the books, it’s safe to assume that season two of His Dark Materials will directly pick up where the first one left off, so expect to see most of the original cast return in a second outing:

  • Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
  • Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter
  • Clarke Peters as The Master
  • James Cosmo as Farder Coram
  • Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal
  • James McAvoy as Lord Asriel
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby

Fleabag star Andrew Scott will cast off his heavenly robes and join the show in season two as well. He’ll be playing Colonel John Parry, the globe-trotting father of Will Parry, a boy who will play an increasingly integral role in future episodes alongside Lyra. How exciting!

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Season 2 plot, what is it all about?

Season two will adapt The Subtle Knife, Pullman’s second book in the original trilogy. While it’s safe to assume that most of the story beats will be picked up again on screen, season one has already played around with the story a bit, so season two still has the potential to surprise fans.

Still, we’re almost certain that Will Parry will join Lyra in Cittàgazze at some point, the two moving between their worlds and other, newly discovered universes as we begin to see the cosmic – not to say apocalyptic – consequences of Asriel’s discoveries about the nature of Dust.

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Release date.

The show was met with lots of praise, and it’s little surprise it’s coming back for a second season.

Unlike other shows, which have had to halt filming due to social distancing restrictions, His Dark Materials series two had been shot in late 2019 and early 2020, back-to-back with season one filming. This means the show is on course to air in 2020.

Executive producer Jane Tranter tweeted in April: “Rest assured, season 2 is coming and will be on air before the end of the year!”

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