His Dark Materials season 3 review: a wondrous but inconsistent end to the fantasy HBO Max show


Key information

- Launching on Monday, December 5 on HBO (no UK release date set yet)
- Third and final season in the HBO-BBC adaptation
- Comprises eight episodes
- Two-episode weekly releases until December 26's series finale
- Based on Philip Pullman's iconic fantasy novel series
- Written by Jack Thorne
- Stars Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy

Two years is a long time in the TV industry. Popular shows can find themselves replaced by others if the gap between seasons is big enough, thus undoing all their good work at building an established fanbase.

His Dark Materials season 3 falls into that category. The HBO Max show’s second season ended in December 2020 and, while the pandemic played a large role in season 3’s delayed release, viewers have had to wait a long time to find out how Lyra and Will’s story ends.


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