His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer Sets Up the ‘Great War’

And a prophecy that claims a “child” will end it.

His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer Sets Up the ‘Great War’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda in His Dark Materials season 2

  • His Dark Materials season 2 release date is November 17
  • New trailer talks about the “Great War” and a prophecy
  • Jade Anouka, Simone Kirby new to His Dark Materials season 2 cast

We have a new trailer for His Dark Materials season 2. HBO has unveiled a full-length trailer for the sophomore run of His Dark Materials that is based on the second book in Philip Pullman's eponymous trilogy: “The Subtle Knife”. The new His Dark Materials season 2 trailer declares a changing world and talks about a prophecy. Said prophecy involves its young leads Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson), who find themselves in a new world — the city of Cittàgazze — and must figure out what connects them to it while being chased by adults.

That includes Lyra's mother Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson) under instructions from the Magisterium, the Church-like theological organisation that is the primary villain on His Dark Materials. But Marisa and the Magisterium aren't the only ones looking for Lyra in His Dark Materials season 2. There's also Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who consults John Parry / Stanislaus Grumman (Andrew Scott). Parry reveals he will need the titular knife, “one that can slice between worlds.”

On the opposite side, the witches are trying to unite to protect Lyra, because they believe a child — presumably Lyra given all the hints — will end the Great War that is coming. The Magisterium recognises the threat and seemingly fires the first shot at the witches' island homeland. Meanwhile, Lyra and Will have threats of their own to deal with, thanks to spectres — they look as if they've been borrowed straight from Fantastic Beasts — that plague the new world.

In addition to Keen, Amir, Ruth, Miranda, and Scott, His Dark Materials season 2 also stars Ariyon Bakare as Carlo Boreal / Charles Latrom, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, and Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala. New additions on season 2 include Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders) as Dr. Mary Malone who researches dark matter at Oxford University, Jade Anouka (Turn Up Charlie) as witch queen Ruta Skadi, and Terence Stamp as knife owner Giacomo Paradisi who lives in Cittàgazze's Torre de Angeli (Tower of the Angels).

Here's the official synopsis for His Dark Materials from HBO:

“Adapting Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”

His Dark Materials season 2 will premiere November 15 (expectedly) on BBC One in the UK, November 16 on HBO and HBO Max in the US, and November 17 on Disney+ Hotstar in India.


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Akhil Arora
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