His Dark Materials: Season 2 (2020)

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Season 2
His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials' chilly emotional core and imposing complexity is unlikely to win over the unconverted, but its sophomore season rewards the faithful with impeccable production values and cerebral thrills.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 195

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 16, 2020

Lyra and Will find themselves in a strange new place. The Magisterium take action as Mrs Coulter interrogates a suspected heretic witch, and Lee Scoresby embarks on a mission.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson) head to Oxford for answers. The Magisterium is faced with a choice.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2020

Lyra (Dafne Keen) ignores the alethiometer's advice leading to dangerous consequences.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2020

Will (Amir Wilson) and Lyra (Dafne Keen) make a plan, unaware of the dangers or the cost involved.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2020

Will (Amir Wilson) and Lyra (Dafne Keen) set out to retrieve what's been lost. Mary (Simone Kirby) takes a leap of faith.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2020

Lyra and Will find allies who can help them in their search for Will's father. The Magisterium learn something shocking, and Mrs Coulter meets a formidable foe.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2020

As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, Lee is determined to fulfil his quest, whatever the cost. Mrs Coulter's question is answered, and Will takes on his father's mantle.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2020

As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, Lee is determined to fulfil his quest, whatever the cost. Mrs Coulter's question is answered, and Will takes on his father's mantle.

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His Dark Materials: Season 2 Videos

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Season two of HIS DARK MATERIALS begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

Cast & Crew

Dafne Keen
Lyra Belacqua
Ruth Wilson
Marisa Coulter
James McAvoy
Lord Asriel
James Cosmo
Farder Coram
Clarke Peters
The Master of Jordan College
Kate Rutter
Sister Betty
Tyler Howitt
Billy Costa
Ian Peck
Cardinal Sturrock
Nabil Elouahabi
Bright Eyed Man
Will Keen
Father MacPhail
Ariyon Bakare
Lord Boreal
Ruta Gedmintas
Serafina Pekkala
Simone Kirby
Dr Mary Malone
Leanne Holder
Serafina Clan Witch #1
Sean Gilder
Father Graves
Kit Connor
Pantalaimon
Andrew Scott
Colonel John Parry
Amir Wilson
Will Parry
Jack Thorne
Executive Producer
Piers Wenger
Executive Producer
Philip Pullman
Executive Producer
Ben Irving
Executive Producer
Joel Collins
Executive Producer
Julie Gardner
Executive Producer
Otto Bathurst
Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich
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Carolyn Blackwood
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Tom Hooper
Executive Producer
Dan McCulloch
Executive Producer
Jane Tranter
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Deborah Forte
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Stephen Haren
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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials Season 2

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

"The City Of Magpies" is at its best when it's focused on Lyra.

Nov 18, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Jack Thorne's scriptwriting remains tack-sharp, and there was none of that B-standard stage-school acting you often get from middle-class English kids.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The season 2 premiere of His Dark Materials sets up the rest of the season nicely, gently introducing viewers to new worlds, characters and concepts.

Nov 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Pits [Dafne Keen] against one of the best child actors in the prestige TV landscape.

Mar 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Season Two may lack the spectacle of Season One's frozen north and armoured bears, but it deepens the worlds and characters of His Dark Materials.

Dec 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This oozes quality and beats the first series.

Dec 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The improvements are everywhere, beginning with Lyra... Taking her out of her comfort zone and allowing her to view things with awe helps restore the wonder and magic the first season lacked.

Nov 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Thematically darkness and light are perfectly balanced as Jack Thorne shares conversations, shapes character dynamics and tees up emotional pay offs.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

As much as I wish Season 2 found a way to narratively pull through, it's still as dark, mystical, and philosophically intriguing as Season 1 - so if you're a returning viewer, you'll probably like it. You just won't be wowed by it.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

His Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before - finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

[The premiere] is a fun start, and the way both Lyra and Will bounce off each other, personality-wise, is an exciting thing to see so soon.

Nov 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter who ramped up the terror, using only ordinary household items. Icy and understated, a vision of evil in scarlet body-con.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 2

  • Feb 09, 2021
    Season 3 cannot come fast enough.
  • Feb 08, 2021
    This show is great for anyone in the mood for a fantastical tale. I believe this season does "The Subtle Knife" justice and builds upon the book by giving certain characters more depth (e.g. Mrs Coulter and Boreal). The show aims for a dark tone and hits its mark. Besides the rushed ending, an enjoyable experience that I highly recommend.
  • Jan 27, 2021
    Rating: B+ "All in all, His Dark Materials returns with a much more captivating and entertaining second season. Boasting impressive visuals, wonderful cinematography, and an exceptional score, Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson carry the main narrative through non-stop, surprisingly vicious action and shocking story developments as the charming protagonists, Lyra and Will, respectively. Their relationship is steadily and cleverly developed, also working as a STOP sign to the occasionally rushed pacing. Ruth Wilson continues to deliver the most outstanding performance of all, but Dr. Mary Malone steals the spotlight, becoming one of the most interesting characters in the show due to her crucial storyline, which delivers some jaw-dropping revelations. Except for a subplot involving the witches and the Magisterium, every episode moves surprisingly well through impactful narrative decisions and eventful sequences. Hugely acclaimed actors like James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Andrew Scott rarely show up during these first five episodes (or don't show up at all), but the last two still share an exciting story. I'm struggling between considering the season finale disappointing or reasonably decent, having in mind the series status. A final praise to the production's (brilliant) decisions of adding four more writers besides Jack Thorne, and choosing only two directors to command the entire season. If season one didn't fully convince you, season two will most definitely do the job."
  • Jan 20, 2021
    The story is amazing, grabs you and involve you, the development of the characters is sensational and this series has a lot of unexpected twists, great series.
  • Jan 18, 2021
    Brilliant Story, great creation of scenes. It's a must-see
  • Jan 17, 2021
    His Dark Materials: Season 2 on HBO MAX continues where the first season left off where Lyra and Will find each other and escape from each other's universe to a land unknown to them. They cut thru time and space to the Land of Magpies where they must endure find the knife that cuts thru anything. The story was slow at first, trying to make heads over heels of where the story leads but by the end it gets interesting. This series reminded me too much of Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings. The cast remained the same but the series is just as typical and routine. We have seen the same type of story over and over again. I am hopeful the finally of the trilogy will bring the story to a better conclusion.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    It's interesting, it's getting better.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    RATING: A Directors: Jamie Childs, Leanne Welham His Dark Materials Season 2 makes a wonderful adaptation of the second book in the series which is The Subtle Knife. The Performances ( especially Dafne Keen's and Ruth Wilson's ) are as amazing as they were in the first season. Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson have a great chemistry. The Production Values and Cinematography and all that just really are impeccable and beautiful to look at. The Writing and the Direction were good throughout the season and especially the last episode really was emotional. Great Season.
  • Jan 08, 2021
    Totally engrossing. Can't wait for more!
  • Jan 08, 2021
    I did not read the books, but I give it 5 stars. Excellent show, especially for TV.

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