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What we know about His Dark Materials Season 2: cast, trailer, more

Published: 15/Oct/2020 1:01

by Tanner Pierce

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HBO has recently announced that the second season of His Dark Materials, which is based on the second book in the Philip Pullman-authored series titled The Subtle Knife, will be hitting the network in just over a month. Here’s what we know about the second season.

It’s safe to say that His Dark Materials is a huge show for both HBO and the BBC. The series’ second season had a notably unusual time schedule, with the season getting a renewal and production starting before the first one was even released, which is usually a sign that the studio is extremely confident in the project. Now, a year after the first season hit TV screens, the new season is almost upon fans.

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But who’s in the new season, what could it possibly be about, and when is the first episode actually dropping on HBO and HBO Max? Here’s what you need to know.

Cast and plot

According to HBO, Season 2 of His Dark Materials picks up right where Season 1 left off. The bridge between the multiverse has been made and Lyra has stepped through it and into a “bright new world”. As previously mentioned, it’s going to be based on the second book in the series, The Subtle Knife.

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Most of the cast from the first season is returning, including stars Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson, Will Keen, and more. There is, however, one notable exception. James McAvoy, who played Lord Asriel in the first season, may not be appearing in the season due to the state of the world.

While almost all of the first season was filmed before everything shut down, it was already confirmed by Deadline back in July 2020, that an episode based entirely around his character, which was planned for Season 2, won’t be released.

While it’s unclear if this means he won’t be appearing in any capacity, don’t expect him to show up too much.

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His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Release Date

Given everything going on in the world, it’s almost an unspoken assumption that everything in the entertainment world would be delayed. That being said, given the fact that filming for the series wrapped in December 2019, the production team were more than likely able to work on the visual effects at home, which allowed the series to stay on schedule.

On October 12, 2020, HBO announced that His Dark Materials Season 2 will be making its debut on November 16, 2020, almost a year exactly after the release of the first season.

We’ll be updating this article as more info comes out, however, given the fact we’re so close to the premiere, there may not be any new info for a while.

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Homelander is finally going to be “let off the leash” in The Boys Season 3

Published: 16/Oct/2020 5:48

by Isaac McIntyre

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Homelander is finally going to be “let off the leash” in The Boys Season 3, after Anthony Starr’s twisted Superman stand-in was left defeated and hungry for revenge in the Amazon show’s shocking Season 2 finale.

Buckle up The Boys fans; the show’s third season is going to be “wild.” 

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Homelander has done some pretty awful things in Amazon’s latest hit superhero show ⁠— crashing a few planes, drinking mother’s milk, creating ‘superterrorists’… you know, the whole shebang ⁠— but apparently we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Anthony Starr’s supremely watchable, totally evil Superman analogy had a rollercoaster arc in The Boys’ sophomore season. He tried to be a dad, started dating a real Nazi superhero, and lost the only thing he still cared about: his son.

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Homelander was run through the ringer in the closing episodes of The Boys Season 2.
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Homelander was run through the ringer in the closing episodes of The Boys Season 2.

The last we saw him, Homelander was watching over New York, pants off. The Vought hero was mumbling “I can do whatever I want” right before one last twist scene, and, according to Starr, that’s exactly what we’re going to see him do next.

“There are two words Eric [Kripke, The Boys showrunner] told me about Season 3,” Starr told Collider soon after Season 2’s finale. “His description for Homelander: two words, homicidal maniac. That’s all I know.” Certainly seems chilling.

There’s a few other ways Starr described next season’s arc too: “off the leash,” “unhinged,” and “exacting revenge,” all came up. Homelander will have his eyes set on one thing; revenge on the people that took his son and defeated Stormfront.

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“If you look at the end of Season 2, some should be more scared than others,” he continued. “William Butcher [Karl Urban] should always have alarm bells ringing in his head. I think some people have firmly put themselves in the line of fire.”

Homelander's arch-nemesis Billy Butcher could be in a spot of bother next season.
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Homelander’s arch-nemesis Billy Butcher could be in a spot of bother next season.

How it may look when Homelander is finally “let off the leash” remains to be seen. We did get a glimpse into one possible future already though when Homelander imagined himself killing [slaughtering] a group of protesters in the show’s thirteenth episode.

It was terrifying, visceral, but it was all in his imagination.

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In Season 3, that might not be the case. We’re going to have to sit on our hands for a while, but when it does arrive ⁠— likely 2022 ⁠— it should be worth the wait.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Starr said. “It’ll be really fun… seeing him go unhinged.”

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The unhinged hero imagined himself mowing down civilians in Season 2. Will we see him go even further next time around?
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The unhinged hero imagined himself mowing down civilians in Season 2. Will we see him go even further next time around?

Whatever road Homelander takes, showrunner Eric Kripke is totally on board. He has already promised “some of the wildest sh*t ever” in the third season of his Amazon superhero show.

Then there’s also a new spinoff, an unnamed teen school series, set to arrive on Amazon in the near future. It’s been described as “part college show, part Hunger Games.” The series is expected to premiere after The Boys Season 3.

Season 3 begins filming early 2021. The first episode will be called “Payback.”