Æsahættr

Wow – who saw all that coming? What a heart-breaking ending to Season 2! So many battles, and sadly so many people who do not survive the hour. It’s His Dark Materials S02E07 “Æsahættr”, which aired on HBO on December 28, 2020. It was written by Jack Thorne and directed by Jamie Childs.

This is Episode 29 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our feedback and Bridge to the Stars spoilers segments, stay tuned for Episode 30. 

Three great interviews are in the news! First up Variety brings us Lin-Manuel Miranda breaking down the Season 2 finale! Next up Deadline chats with EP Jane Tranter in a Q&A on a surprise character return and the battles & prophecy for the final season! We close the news up with Collider in a talk with Dafne Keene on her Season 3 hopes and a look back at ‘Logan’!

We begin back in the world of Cittàgazze, with Serafina Pekkala examining a recovering Reina, who was just attacked by a Spectre. In another world, Ruta Skadi overhears cliff-ghasts talking about Lord Asriel’s plans to attack the Authority and his need for the Æsahættr to achieve victory. She flies back to Serafina and describes this encounter and meeting Asriel, and she says that they should join his battle. Serafina replies she must stay with Lyra and Will and commends Ruta to go join the fight.

Mary Malone escorts Angelica and Paola to the mountain camp of their town, and she leaves them. She climbs up into the mountains and consults the I Ching. She then enters a place of calm beauty.

Magisterium soldiers follow Lee Scoresby and John Parry. Trapped, Lee convinces John to go find the bearer of the Subtle Knife, while Lee will do his best to hold off the troops. He and Hester fight heroically, and yet meet with a tragic end. Serafina Pekkala finds him too late.

Mrs. Coulter discovers that Lyra is up in the mountains, and she and a Spectre go to the child. The Spectre devours Lena, who was guarding Lyra. Mrs. Coulter then surprises the sleeping girl!

Will keeps having dreams about his father, and he leaves Lyra to find John Parry looking for him. After reuniting briefly, John admonishes Will to take the Subtle Knife to Lord Asriel and join the great war to come. They are surprised by a Magisterium trooper, who shoots John, wounding him mortally. Will takes his father’s overcoat and sets out to find Asriel.

On a barren, rocky world, Lord Asriel entreats angels to join his fight against the Authority. They reveal themselves and agree to join his war!

On a boat, Mrs. Coulter opens a trunk, and we see Lyra is inside with Pan, seemingly asleep! Mrs. Coulter tells Lyra that she is taking her somewhere she will be safe. Lyra then hears the voice of a boy, and it’s Roger! He asks for her help, and she asks where they are!

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