The plan had always been that. The saga of Dark Matter developed by Phillip Pullman between 1995 and 2000 consisted of three installments: Northern Lights, The Dagger and The Lacquered Spyglass , and the idea of HBO and BBC was that they would lead to three seasons, neither more nor less. The first two novels have already reached television, and shortly after the end of the second season, HBO has already announced the renewal of Dark Matter for a third and final installment, which will lead the journey of Lyra Belaqua ( Dafne Keen ) to her expected conclusion.
“Bringing the epic, intricate and culturally relevant work of Phillip Pullman to television has been a tremendous privilege We are looking forward to completing the trilogy with the final chapter in Lyra’s journey,” said Francesca Orsi , vice president of programming for HBO, in statements collected by Variety . The last chapters of the series developed by Jack Thorne will adapt, in this way, the events described in The Lacquered Spyglass , throughout eight episodes compared to the seven that this second has lasted.
Now, a premiere date for the return of Dark Matter is unknown, and due to the pandemic it is likely that we will take a little longer to enjoy this final season. The idea is for Dark Matter to resume filming at some point in 2021, returning to have the participation of the cast composed of the aforementioned Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda or Andrew Scott .