Dafne Keen Discusses Her Favorite Dynamics in His Dark Materials Season 3; Expresses Admiration for Ruth Wilson

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His Dark Materials, which debuted its first two episodes of the third and final season on December 5, continues to be one of the most underrated shows on HBO. HDM becomes one of the best fantasy shows of our time thanks to its reverie narrative and effective characters.

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Sitting down with W Magazine, Dafne Keen shared her favorite dynamics in Season 3, highlighting relationship with her mother, Mrs. Coulter, played by the remarkable Ruth Wilson.

“I love Lyra and Mrs. Coulter’s relationship this season—it’s interesting to investigate as an actress. She has this craving for a mother and a family that any child would have, but [there’s] also that duality of “[Mrs. Coulter] is a horrible person, and I hadn’t known her until a year ago. Do I love her, or am I just searching for family?” she narrated.

Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
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Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua

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Keen plays Lyra Belacqua in the series, a young girl who is meant to fulfill the prophecy to bring about the end of destiny and save the world, but given her complicated parents, who aspire for the opposite, Lyra struggles while also having to deal with other barriers.

During a different interview, the X-Men star also expressed her admiration for Wilson as they played mother-daughter, one of the show’s important elements. The complex dynamic between Keen and Wilson's characters seems to dazzle the fans.

“Acting alongside Ruth, who also is one of those people who snaps in and out of character incredibly well; getting to act with her was just such an honor, and I think I've learned so much from her along the years.” expressed Keen.

Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter
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Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter

She continued, “I don't think I've ever met anyone as hardworking and as dedicated and as talented as she is. She's just utterly brilliant, and just being in her presence is kind of like... you want to become a sponge and absorb all of her knowledge.”

The Star Wars newcomer also mentioned her anticipation for the reunion of Lyra and her childhood best friend, Roger, in the third season.

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“I’m looking forward to people seeing Lyra and Roger (Lewin Lloyd) reunited. Time passes, and even though you don’t want to, you do end up being forgotten, and that’s quite sad. But at the same time, it gives him peace to know that she’s okay. And Lyra is still grieving him.”

Lyra and Roger
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Lyra and Roger

His Dark Materials Season 3 is set to explore the third book of Phillip Pullman's classic book trilogy. It will feature the journey of Lyra and Will as they navigate through different worlds to fulfill their destiny.

The first two episodes of HDM 3 are currently streaming on HBO.

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