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His Dark Materials: 5 questions we have as Lyra’s adventure reveals sinister plans in episode 2


His Dark Materials is upping the ante when it comes to Lyra (Dafne Keen) – who’s realised far too quickly that she’s trapped somewhere she shouldn’t be.

Our young heroine isn’t someone to give up though, and now she’s free on the streets of London, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her destiny.

But then being snatched isn’t exactly the promise of the best start – and is there more to life in Oxford than she realised?

There’s a lot of things that need to be cleared up and we can’t wait to see what the hell is going on. Here are just some of the new questions we have as the story continues to unfold…

Why is Mrs Coulter able to leave her daemon?

One of the biggest laws of the Dark Materials world is that all humans cannot be separated from their daemons. After all, they’re the embodiment of a human’s soul, essentially.

So how comes Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) is able to walk away and even sleep a fair distance from her monkey? Lyra is obviously shaken by the discovery, as she knows it physically hurts people to be too far away from their animal.

What exactly is Coulter hiding and just how sinister is it? We already know she’s connected to the Gobblers (or General Oblation Board) and even runs it, but why?

Also, just how connected is the Magisterium to her work as the leader of the Gobblers?

Why did Asriel hide his true connection to Lyra?

Mrs Coulter dropped one hell of a clanger in the middle of this episode by revealing to Lyra that Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) is not her uncle – but her father.

The news devastated Lyra who had always believed her parents were killed in a balloon accident when she was just a child.

Why would Asriel disconnect her in such a way?

He’s never exactly been the most kind-hearted and selfless man as this adaptation tells us, but to essentially disown your daughter?

There must be a reason, but what remains to be seen.

Who snatched Lyra?

The final moments of the episode saw Lyra heading out on her own into London town, trying to find Roger.

Except she doesn’t get very far, seemingly snatched by a mystery figure just as the episode ends.

Who exactly has taken her and what do they want with her? Plus how will she escape them this time.

When will the alethiometer start working?

We know the alethiometer is a severely important piece of kit – but it’s seriously complicated to understand and quite rightly, despite her best efforts, Lyra can’t seem to crack it.

It’s going to need to start kicking into gear soon if it’s going to be any help to our heroine and her daemon.

(And honestly, guys, instruction manuals…look them up they’re important!)

What’s Lord Boreal up to?

So, we’ve finally found our first time jumper in Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and he doesn’t seem like someone to be messed with.

I mean…who trusts someone whose daemon is a snake?

On the lookout for Asriel and with ties to Coulter as well, his murder of a journalist at the end of the episode seals him as one of the bad guys.

But what is he up to and how does Lyra tie into it all?

His Dark Materials continues Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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