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Season two of HBO’s His Dark Materials, based on the book series by Philip Pullman, sees Dafne Keen’s Lyra and Amir Wilson’s Will “traverse the multiverse” and explore brand new worlds.
The two young stars, as well as other cast members including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott and Ariyon Bakare, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the season premiere about what fans can expect from the second installment.
“I can say we dabble in weird creatures that are also dangerous,” said Keen. “I can say we dabble in weird creatures that are also dangerous … It’s more raw. It’s a more raw season.”
“They’ll find out innocence is broken,” said Bakare, who plays Carlo Boreal, of what Lyra and Will encounter in season two. “They’ll find distrust, even more. And they’ll go on a journey that will change their lives forever.”
“It’s kind of what other options are out there, what other characters are out there,” Wilson, who plays Mrs. Coulter, said of the new season. “And for Mrs. Coulter, she follows [Lyra] through that portal and she herself goes through her own journey of discovery in pursuit of her child. So, it’s really exciting. The whole world blows a part and you see all these different worlds that can exist.”
“The big word for this is just more,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda, who portrays Lee Scoresby. “There are more witches, there are more adventures and the quest just gets bigger, because we start to traverse the multiverse.”
Miranda is one of the actors who sees their season one role expanded in the new season. He revealed how his character steps up for Lyra in season two.
“It’s really just Lee Scorsby going all in for Lyra,” said Miranda. “She’s a good kid, she’s been dealt the worst hand when it comes to parents, maybe ever. And so he just goes to incredible lengths to have her back and keep her safe.”
Andrew Scott, who plays Will’s father, Colonel John Parry, also sees his role expanded in season two, as viewers will soon learn about the “struggle” he’s been facing.
“It’s a terrible struggle,” said Scott of his character. “He’s trapped. The doors have been closed from his previous world. He can’t get back to his family, which would be I know an agonizing thing for any of us. So, that’s really the challenge of the part, is to try and capture that awful situation where you’re completely on your own and you can’t get back to your family.”
Even though fans met Wilson’s Will Parry in season one, this season allows viewers to really get to know him.
“I think in season two, when [Will] meets Lyra, we kind of learn more about his journey, what he’s trying to do and what he’s trying to achieve,” said Wilson. “When he meets Lyra, he realizes she can help him and also he can help her.”
Watch the video above for more. Season two of His Dark Materials premieres Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.
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