TV & Movies

Why ‘His Dark Materials’ Is Your Next Binge-Worthy Fantasy Series

By Beau Johns
18th Dec 2019

Cancel your plans from here on out because you’ve got a date with His Dark Materials, the newest fantasy series to hit NEON.

Armoured polar bears, witches, Dust, alethiometers and The Northern Lights are just a few essential words to remember as you embark on an epic journey which will take you from one alternate universe to the next.

Lovers of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy were wary of this recent adaptation especially considering the 2007 film The Golden Compass had high hopes to dazzle audiences but was quickly labelled a flop. So, skipping ahead to 2019, HBO (the folks behind Game of Thrones) have teamed up with the BBC to breathe fresh air into the chronicles that have entertained generations of readers since 1995. 

As for the imaginative story, the first eight-part season will cover the narrative of Northern Light’s, which is the first book in the trilogy. It follows an ordinary orphaned girl named Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) with a rather extraordinary destiny. She exists in a unique parallel universe where all humans have an animal companion called a daemon, which is actually a reflection of your true soul. 

When Lyra’s best mate goes missing, she sets out on a journey across multiple universes to find him, uncovering a vicious plot involving a sinister organisation, kidnapped children and a plethora of dangerous secrets all linked to an elusive phenomenon called Dust. This mystery has all the high-up officials on edge, and rightly so, as it will determine the fate of both the living and the dead, no matter what world you’re living in.

Of course, to do any book and it's very vocal stans justice, you need the right cast to get the job done. 

Having already played a feisty chick in Marvel’s last Wolverine film Logan, 14-year-old Dafne Keene takes Lyra Belacqua off the page and onto the screen alongside a celeb-studded cast including James McAvoy (X-Men), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) and Hot Priest Andrew Scott (Fleabag).

Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and True Blood lovers, rejoice because the reviews are in and regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the books or you’ve never even read a page, one thing’s for sure: His Dark Materials is going to be your next fantasy obsession. 


Catch His Dark Materials, plus other favourites like Supernatural and Watchmen, on NEON with their 14-day free trial. After that, it's just $13.95 a month on their new TV and Movie package—winning.  

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by NEON and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

Image Credit: HBO

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