Renewed Or Cancelled?
His Dark Materials is the latest fantasy series adaptation, adapting Philip Pullman’s novels across the three seasons. After finishing all 8 episodes of this third season, you may be wondering if this has been renewed or cancelled. Here’s what we know:
What is His Dark Materials Season 3 about?
For those unaware of the books, the tale here sees Lyra and Will thrust right into the thick of the drama, as Asriel intends to call out the Angelic Authority figure, Metatron. He intends to wage war on this ethereal being and bring as many races to his side as possible.
While this is going on, Lyra unwittingly finds herself thrust into fulfilling her destiny, heading off on a perilous quest after being in the company of Mrs Coulter, who really grows into becoming a much more intriguing and rounded character this year.
The story builds up to a dramatic final few chapters that bow this one out on a high, rounding out all plot points and doing a decent job of ending Lyra and Will’s stories on a somber note.
We have extensive coverage of His Dark Materials across the site, including a full season review and recaps for every episode. You can find those HERE!
Has His Dark Materials been renewed for season 4?
At the time of writing, His Dark Materials has not been renewed for a fourth season. Given the nature of the show’s content, that’s perhaps not surprising.
Generally HBO and other streamers gauge numerous metrics before renewing a show, including how many people initially watch it and then looking at the drop-off rate. With some shows, cancellations or renewals happen quickly (ala. Squid Game, Bridgerton & Irregulars) Other times, it can take months before Netflix make a decision over a show’s future. However, that’s not so much the case with His Dark Materials.
Ahead of release, this fantasy series had been billed as a third and final season, with the source material all but run out by the time the credits roll on the finale. Of course, the expository text at the end seems to hint that there could be a potential way for the characters to return, with another adventure for Lyra and Pan to go on.
Despite that though, the low viewing figures and the conclusive ending lead us to believe that this will not be renewed for season 4. The producers have all but confirmed this too, with a particularly telling article over at Deadline going in more detail about this.
Executive producer Jane Tranter originally planned to extend the show much further than just three seasons. “I wanted to split [The Amber Spyglass] in two, but we’re doing it in one,” she explains. “You can’t always have what you want. The Amber Spyglass is quite right adapted into eight episodes and I will fully and humbly admit I was completely wrong.”
Unfortunately it would seem that it’s the end of the road for Lyra and the other characters!
What we know about season 4 so far:
Barely anything is known about season 4 at this point, given the show isn’t likely to return. However, we could see another studio pick it up and adapt further adventures, although that does seem very unlikely.
As mentioned above, we predict that this will not be renewed but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. We’ll be sure to update this page in the future when more information is known though!
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