His Dark Materials season 2 will be broadcast this fall on HBO and HBO Max, but some viewers have already seen the first episode of the new season. The second season of the Phillip Pullman adaptation was broadcast in the UK on BBC One on November 8th. US viewers, however, will have to wait a few more days before they can see the latest adventures of Lyra (played by Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson).
When does His Dark Materials season 2 start in the USA?
The release date for the premiere of His Dark Materials Season 2 is Monday, November 16, when the episode will air on HBO at 9 pm.
The first episode is entitled “The City of Magpies”. The summary of the episode is: “Lyra and Will explore a new world. The magistrate takes action based on past events. Lee Scoresby [Lin-Manuel Miranda] goes on a mission.
Season 2 of the series will have seven episodes – one less than in the previous season, as the series was unable to complete a planned episode of Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) before production was halted due to the coronavirus.
These seven episodes have the following US release dates:
Episode 1, “The City of Magpies”: Monday, November 16
Episode 2, “The Cave”: Monday, November 23
Episode 3, “Theft”: Monday, November 30
Episode 4, “Tower of Angels”: Monday, December 7
Episode 5, “The Scholar”: Monday, December 14
Episode 6, “Malice”: Monday, December 21
Episode 7, “Æsahættr”: Monday, December 28
How to look at His dark materials season 2 online
Although the first episode of His Dark Materials Season 2 is now being broadcast on the BBC iPlayer, this is a purely British service, which means that American viewers cannot watch it at the moment.
The first episode of the new season will be online on Monday 16 November, the same day that “The City of Magpies” is broadcast on HBO. The episode will be broadcast on HBO Max shortly after the broadcast.
This means that some viewers will be able to watch His Dark Materials Season 2 online for free. HBO Max offers new subscribers a free seven-day trial period, so viewers can watch not only the BBC drama, but also the other 10,000 hours of premium content on the streamer – including the first season of His Dark Materials.
After this one-week free trial period, the service will cost $14.99 per month – although a cheaper ad-financed stage is scheduled to be introduced in early 2021.
What you can expect from His Dark Materials Season 2
The official HBO synopsis for the show reads: “Season 2 of his dark materials begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and Lyra, dismayed by the death of her best friend, follows Asriel into the unknown.
“In a strange and mysterious abandoned city, she meets Will, a boy from our world who is also fleeing from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn that their destiny is tied to Will’s reunion with his father, but that their path is constantly thwarted as a war brews around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to “bring her home by any means necessary.
His Dark Materials Season 2 will be broadcast on Sundays at 20:10 GMT on BBC One and at 21:00 ET on HBO from November 16th.