Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott will reunite for season 2 of His Dark Materials!
HBO had its Comic-Con at Home panel yesterday and started things off with a trailer for season 2 of His Dark Materials!
Besides the trailer dropping, the biggest news to come out of the panel is that we will have a Fleabag reunion of sorts: It was announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will voice the osprey dæmon Sayan Kötör for Andrew Scott’s character Colonel John Parry.
Scott was lucky enough to be the one to make the announcement and teased viewers by saying that his dæmon would be played by “someone who is very close to me in my real life: a young performer and writer called… Phoebe Waller-Bridge.”
In the trailer we even see Scott’s character for the first time. It shows him wielding the subtle knife, which the second book in the series gets its namesake from. It’s a knife that is capable of cutting the “fabric” between worlds in order to make a portal of sorts to travel through.
At the panel for the show, HBO said season 2, which is based on book 2 of the series, will see Lyra (Dafne Keen) arrive in a strange and mysterious abandoned city called Cittàgazze, where she encounters Will (Amir Wilson), the boy viewers have seen from another world in season 1, who is also running from a troubled past.
Executive producer Jane Tranter revealed during the panel: “We are currently, touch wood, completely on course for transmitting (season 2) when we would have transmitted. We were filming when the pandemic hit and we did have to stop filming…We had one standalone episode that we were filming in March, and it was separate from the other seven episodes because it was a standalone episode which Jack had written, with the blessing and with input from Philip Pullman, which looked at what Asriel had been doing between going through the anomaly at the end of season 1, and when we see Lord Asriel at the beginning of book three.”
Notably this addition would be fantastic to see because in The Subtle Knife, Lord Asriel isn’t featured at all. Tranter went on to say:
“For us, it meant that we could continue post-production on the seven episodes that make up The Subtle Knife, and just put the Asriel standalone to one side, and maybe at some point in the future we can revisit it.”
Season 2 of His Dark Materials is still set to premiere in Fall 2020.