Warning: spoilers ahead for the season two finale of His Dark Materials.
The surprise return of a character in His Dark Materials has left fans ‘screaming’ with excitement as they praise the season two finale as ‘amazing’.
While the latest series of the BBC fantasy show has delighted viewers with its constant twists and turns, numerous fans were left disappointed when they learnt that a standalone episode featuring Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) had to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s likely that many who watch the programme weren’t expecting James to make an appearance this series in light of his episode’s axe… which is why his shock return at the very end has left fans thrilled.
After Will Parry (Amir Wilson) watches his father John Parry (Andrew Scott) die before his eyes, an unnamed person can be heard speaking in a voiceover.
It is quickly revealed that this individual is none other than the imposing Lord Asriel, who is asking the Angels to join in his war against the Authority.
‘Nah I full on screamed when I heard James McAvoy and screamed even louder when he showed up on screen,’ one fan tweeted.
‘ASRIEL IS BACK I REPEAT MY MAN IS HERE,’ someone else said, while another added: ‘That was a lovely James McAvoy-shaped surprise at the end.’
One fan kept their thoughts succinct, simply tweeting: ‘JUST SCREAMED. ASRIEL.’
Meanwhile, another viewer wrote: ‘So glad they included Asriel asking the Angels to be on side.’
After the finale aired, His Dark Materials writer Jack Thorne revealed in a Twitter Q&A that the scene featuring Lord Asriel and the angels was the end of the axed standalone episode.
When asked whether he thinks the episode could fit in series three, Jack responded: ‘We’ve used the end of it now in series 2. And it only really would have worked where it fitted.
‘Honestly, it’s such a heartbreak, the hardest script I ever had to write but I’m proud of what we achieved in the Covid circumstances.’
While watching the season two finale, His Dark Materials viewers were devastated to witness fan-favourite character Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) die after being pursued by Magisterium troops.
Several people noted that the scene was even more ‘heartbreaking’ than they remembered from The Subtle Knife book, the second novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
‘Nope I am not ok. I knew I wouldn’t be,’ one person said, while another wrote: ‘Well, that was worse than I imagined it would be.’
His Dark Materials is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.