His Dark Materials season 3 will be the final season of the show. Here’s how many episodes there will be and when they’ll release on HBO and HBO Max.
His Dark Materials season 3 is premiering after a two-year hiatus. His Dark Materials season 3 will be the show’s final season based on author Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy of the same name. His Dark Materials season 1 covered The Golden Compass, season 2 told the story of The Subtle Knife, and season 3 will complete the original trilogy’s storytelling by adapting the events from The Amber Spyglass. After the events of His Dark Materials season 2, there’s still a lot of narrative ground to cover and only a limited number of episodes.
His Dark Materials season 3 will cover Lord Asriel’s (James McAvoy) return, expand on the prophecy about Lyra (Dafne Keen) being Eve, and continue the storyline of Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) kidnapping her daughter. It will also deal with the fallout from several characters’ deaths and mysterious reappearances from His Dark Materials season 2, as well as Will Parry (Amir Wilson) now being the wielder of the Subtle Knife. His Dark Materials season 3 will have eight episodes to complete the story of Philip Pullman’s fantasy opus, all of which will release this December on HBO and HBO Max.
His Dark Materials Season 3 Full Release Schedule: When The Finale Airs
His Dark Materials season 1 also consisted of eight episodes, but season 2 only had seven. HBO and HBO Max will release two weekly episodes starting Monday, December 5. This means the entirety of His Dark Materials season 3 will release in the final month of 2022, with the two-episode finale airing just after Christmas on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26. Here is His Dark Materials season 3’s full release schedule:
- Episodes 1 and 2: Monday, December 5
- Episodes 3 and 4: Monday, December 12
- Episodes 5 and 6: Monday, December 19
- Episodes 7 and 8: Monday, December 26
His Dark Materials is a co-production between HBO and the BBC. However, the BBC has a significantly different release schedule in mind for His Dark Materials season 3. In the UK, the third and final season of His Dark Materials will release on BBC iPlayer all at once on Sunday, December 18, and individual episodes will air on BBC One every Sunday from that same date.
What Time Is His Dark Materials Season 3 Releases New Episodes
Unlike new Netflix and Disney+ releases, which usually air early in the morning or around midnight, His Dark Materials on HBO and HBO Max will air at the same time each Monday in December in the evening. His Dark Materials season 3 episodes will air at 9 pm ET/PT. The two weekly episodes will release back-to-back each week.
How Long Are His Dark Materials Season 3’s Episodes Are
Season 3’s episodes will be the same length as seasons 1 and 2 of His Dark Materials. This means that each episode of the final season of His Dark Materials will be approximately an hour long, or 50 minutes without ads. Hopefully, a nearly seven-hour runtime will be enough to complete the story of His Dark Materials satisfyingly – but in any case, it will no doubt be a wild and emotional ride to the finish line.
New episodes of His Dark Materials air Mondays on HBO and HBO Max.