Warning: spoilers ahead for season two finale of His Dark Materials.
His Dark Materials star Lin-Manuel Miranda has discussed the prospect of the possible return of his character Lee Scoresby in season three of the hit fantasy show, which will be its final outing.
Earlier this month, it was announced that a third and final series of the BBC programme had been confirmed, adapting the third novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials book series.
In the season two finale, viewers were overwhelmed with sadness as they watched aeronaut Lee tragically die following a shootout with Magisterium troops, holding them off so John Parry (Andrew Scott) could continue searching for the bearer of the Subtle Knife.
Despite Lee’s death, which saw his hare daemon Hester (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) fade into dust by his side, there is potential he could make some sort of a comeback in follow-up episodes.
During a recent interview, Lee emphasised the ‘significance’ of the final novel in Philip’s book trilogy, titled The Amber Spyglass.
‘I’m really excited that they get to finish telling the story. I’m a huge fan of these books,’ he told Variety, admitting that he was ‘so bummed’ when no sequel was made for the 2007 film The Golden Compass.
‘The fact that they get their chance to finish telling Philip Pullman’s story is really exciting. That third book is so ambitious, I can’t wait to see what they do with it,’ he stated.
As for whether Lee could pop up in some form in the third season, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel certainly sounds keen about the idea.
‘Nothing has been written in stone or finalised, but I’ve always told them this is enormous fun for me and I serve at the pleasure of Bad Wolf Productions,’ he said.
‘If they see fit for Lee and Hester to return in corporeal or non-corporeal form, I’ll answer the call. But they just got the green light, so I don’t even know how much exists and is written yet.’
Given Lin-Manuel’s authentic and captivating portrayal of the explorer, we would definitely be delighted to see him return.
The third season of His Dark Materials will follow an eight-episode arc.
The second series was one episode short, as the standalone episode about the exploits of Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) had to be cut as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nonetheless, the father of Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen) made a surprise appearance at the very end of the finale, leaving fans absolutely agog with excitement.
His Dark Materials seasons one and two are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.