'His Dark Materials' Season 2 Release Date: When The Show Airs in the U.S.

His Dark Materials Season 2 is set to air this fall on HBO and HBO Max, but some viewers have already got to see the first episode of the new season. The second season of the Phillip Pullman adaptation began airing in the United Kingdom on November 8 on BBC One. However, U.S. viewers still have a few more days to wait before they get to see the latest adventures of Lyra (played by Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson).

When does His Dark Materials Season 2 start in the U.S.?

The release date for the premiere of His Dark Materials Season 2 is Monday, November 16, when the episode will air on HBO at 9 p.m.

That first episode is titled "The City of Magpies." The synopsis for the episode reads: "Lyra and Will explore a new world. The Magisterium take action on past events. Lee Scoresby [Lin-Manuel Miranda] embarks on a mission."

Season 2 of the show will have seven episodes—one less than the previous season as the show was unable to finish a planned Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) episode before the coronavirus-related production shutdown.

Those seven episodes have the following U.S. release dates:

  • Episode 1, "The City of Magpies": Monday, November 16
  • Episode 2, "The Cave": Monday, November 23
  • Episode 3, "Theft": Monday, November 30
  • Episode 4, "Tower of the Angels": Monday, December 7
  • Episode 5, "The Scholar": Monday, December 14
  • Episode 6, "Malice": Monday, December 21
  • Episode 7, "Æsahættr": Monday, December 28
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'His Dark Materials' Season 2 is coming to HBO this fall. HBO

How to watch His Dark Materials Season 2 online

Though the first episode of His Dark Materials Season 2 is streaming now on BBC iPlayer, this is a U.K.-only service, meaning that American viewers are unable to watch it right now.

The first episode of the new season will be available to watch online on the same day "The City of Magpies" airs on HBO, Monday, November 16. Shortly after it airs, the episode will drop onto HBO Max.

This means that some viewers will be able to watch His Dark Materials Season 2 online for free. HBO Max offers new subscribers a free trial for seven days, which give viewers plenty of time to not only watch the BBC drama but also the other 10,000 hours of premium content on the streamer—including the first season of His Dark Materials.

After that week-long free trial, the service costs $14.99 a month—though a cheaper ad-supported tier is said to be launching in early 2021.

What to expect from His Dark Materials Season 2

The official HBO synopsis for the show reads: "Season 2 of His Dark Materials begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown.

"In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary."

His Dark Materials Season 2 airs Sundays at 8:10 p.m. GMT on BBC One and Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO from November 16.