How His Dark Materials Planned Ahead For A More ‘Adult’ Final Season For Dafne Keen And Amir Wilson As Lyra And Will

His Dark Materials will return to HBO for the third and final season nearly two years to the date since the Season 2 finale aired back in 2020. Like many other shows that year, production was affected due to the COVID pandemic, which resulted in the planned Asriel standalone episode for James McAvoy being cut from the second season. Now, two years later, executive producer Dan McCulloch opened up to CinemaBlend about how the show always planned to start Season 3 after a longer break so that young stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson would be more adult.

The cliffhanger of Season 2 for the two teens saw Lyra hidden in a trunk after being kidnapped by her mother and Will with a new mission based on his father’s dying wish. When CinemaBlend recently spoke with Dan McCulloch for the His Dark Materials press day, I asked if there is any kind of time jump in Season 3 due to the long break from filming. The executive producer shared: 

We always intended for the show to go out in 2022. It was always a kind of planned hiatus, and that was because the third book had a more adult feel, and we wanted Dafne and Amir just to grow up that little bit more, so we could really tackle those quite more difficult, darker themes that are in the adaptation. I think COVID has made it feel like a much longer time for everyone. I think that it feels like twice the amount of time, and there is a small passage of time between the end of [Season] 2 and the start of 3.

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