Why His Dark Materials should have lasted more than 3 series

The upcoming third season of His Dark Materials is set to be the show’s last, adapting the final novel in author Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy.

The BBC/HBO television series has adapted a book per season, but many would have liked more episodes.

Realisticly it could have gone to betwwen 8 and 10 seasons to cover mire stories that we weren’t included in the 3 seasons.”

“In the book there’s this amazing sequence [with those characters] and there just isn’t time to do it.”

Unfortunately the “realism of television” often means tv series adaptations run slowly and expand on the source material.

“I would have slowed this [His Dark Materials] down even more,” she said. “But unfortunately that’s probably the wrong thing for an audience – some would have liked it, but it’s expensive and it’s a season-a-book and that’s that and now it’s finishing.”

Starring Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy, His Dark Materials follows Lyra (Keen), as she goes in search of a missing friend, uncovering a series of kidnappings and their link to a mysterious substance called Dust, all of which leads her on an epic quest.

His Dark Materials season three is definitely on the way to bring a thrilling conclusion to Lyra’s fantasy tale.

Based on Philip Pullman‘s third book The Amber Spyglass, the third and final season should be on our screens by the end of 2022. However, the BBC has yet to confirm an official release date.

As you can imagine, it was a heartbreaking goodbye for the cast, not least for leading lady Dafne Keen. “I’m trying not to think about it because I think a lot and I’m really, really looking forward to getting back,”

The previous two seasons have been given prime placement in the winter schedule for both the BBC and HBO, launching in November and playing out through to the end of December, coming to its conclusion just before Christmas day.

At one point, the final book’s story was going to be split in two seasons rather than one, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to make it work.

“I wanted to split it in two, but we’re doing it in one. You can’t always have what you want,”.

Given the amount of post-production work, including the CGI needed to create every character’s daemons, we’d hedge our bets that they’re aiming for a similar release time in 2022.

BBC has confirmed to MarkMeets.com that the following characters will all feature: Lyra (Dafne Keen), Will (Amir Wilson), Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), Mary Malone (Simone Kirby), Serafina Pekkala (Ruta Gedmintas), Father MacPhail (Will Keen), and Lord Asriel (James McAvoy).

The series is expected to return to BBC One and HBO later this year.

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