Could there be any more action, suspense and heart in a show? We don’t think so! It’s Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter versus Metatron and the hosts of The Authority in the penultimate episode of His Dark Materials, S03E07 “The Clouded Mountain”. It aired on HBO on December 26, 2022. It was written by Francesca Gardiner and directed by Amit Gupta.
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This week begins again where we left off. Lord Asriel and his army prepare for war with Metatron and The Authority, and Metatron brings it to them via the Clouded Mountain and a host of angels, Spectres, and cliff-ghasts! Asriel realizes that his role is not to win this war, but rather to keep Lyra and Will alive long enough to shield them from Metatron. He then attacks with his host of people, witches and angels! Mrs. Coulter shields their soldiers from the Spectres, and then she calls upon Metatron to face her. Asriel sees her enter the cathedral of the Clouded Mountain, and he flies to join her. Separately, Asriel and Mrs. C engage Metatron, and they ultimately combine forces to take him into the Abyss, where they all perish! The Clouded Mountain dissipates, and the war is over.
Lyra and Will leave the land of the dead, and reunite briefly with Pan and Will’s daemon. Will cuts a hole to another world and the daemons step into it, removing them from harm’s way. After the deaths of Asriel and Mrs. C, Lyra and Will discover the crystal box that Metatron was protecting. Will cuts into it and frees an ancient robed being who immediately dissipates. Then Will cuts back into the world where the daemons went – it’s the world of Atal! And they enter!
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