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‘His Dark Materials’ release date: Is the series a worthy successor to ‘Game of Thrones?’

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A new trailer for HBO’s “His Dark Materials” adaptation has been released, and it highlights several key moments. From Lyra (Dafne Keen) receiving the althiometer and meeting Iorek Byrnison to Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) wrapping her nefarious schemes around the young protagonist.

It’s widely thought that “His Dark Materials” will be the successor of “Game of Thrones.” Both feature heavy political intrigue, epic battle scenes, compelling characters, and world-ending events brought by evil forces.

With “Thrones” ending on a rather messy note, “His Dark Materials” is in a position to not only snatch the former’s crown but to surpass it on several levels. This is especially true since the new series is boasting talents that are expected to deliver hard.

The presence of James McAvoy alone has already attracted a lot of attention on the web, further bolstered by Keen’s popularity following the massive success of “Logan.” “His Dark Materials” also has the advantage of reviewing the “Golden Compass” movie and eliminate the factors that made the film flopped.

Indeed, it appears that HBO has done its research well as the new trailer is more than promising. The CGI on the Daemons and Byrnison is enough to hammer this point home. So what is “His Dark Materials” about?

The series tells the story of Lyra, an orphan girl who grew up on the grounds of Oxford University. She quickly becomes entangled with Mrs. Coulter’s schemes after her uncle, Lord Asriel (McAvoy), decides to investigate a mysterious phenomenon that’s happening in the north. Throughout her journey in the first season of “His Dark Materials,” Lyra will soon learn that the charming Mrs. Coulter isn’t what she appears to be.

In fact, audiences should ready their stomach since Coulter is as devious, calculating, and ruthless as Cersei (Lena Headey). Regarding when the show will air, HBO has yet to provide an exact date for “His Dark Materials.” What we know is it’ll arrive sometime in the fall, perhaps in November or December. Whatever the case, the series is expected to draw in millions of viewers since the book already has an established fan base who had been begging for something like this to happen.

By J Russ Isberto
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