The trailer for season two of His Dark Materials is out. Based on author Phillip Pullman’s bestselling trilogy of the same name, the fantasy series features everything from truth-telling compasses to talking polar bears. If you’re new to the His Dark Materials universe, here’s a quick summary. The show is set between multiple universes. In one, humans have daemons or animal companions who are manifestations of their souls. Young Lyra lives with scholars in a college in Oxford. Upon discovering some dangerous secrets, she sets off on a search for a missing friend and in the process, arrives close to the truth about a mysterious substance called Dust.

The much-awaited trailer for season two is loosely based on the second book of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife. In this season, Lyra meets Will Parry from the other dimension. The two visit a new city in a new universe and discover the powers of the ‘subtle knife’, a knife that can cut through worlds. There’s also mention of a “great war” in the trailer.

Season two will feature most of the characters from season one, including Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare), Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) and Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda). New characters include Dr Mary Malone (Simone Kirby), Ruta Skadi (Jade Anouka) and John Parry (Andrew Scott). Read episode recaps of season one here.

His Dark Materials season two will premiere this November on Disney+ Hotstar.

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