Miranda discusses the tragedies that hit His Dark Materials and what it means for Season 3
Warning: spoilers from His Dark Materials Season 2, Episode 7 are covered in this article
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been preparing for this moment since reading the works of author Philip Pullman And yet, like anyone else who knows what’s going on in The Subtle Knife, the second part of His Dark Materials was Book trilogy, seeing the events in the HBO and BBC fantasy drama on screen, a very different experience
The season two finale, which aired on HBO Monday a week after UK Airwaves on the BBC saw the deaths of two characters Well, four if you count their demons. The Seventh Episode – a short installment of the original sequence of eight episodes due to complications with pandemic movies – adapted “Alamo Gulch,” a location from The Subtle Knife and one of the most tragic chapters of the novel Lee Scoresby (Miranda) carried John Parry (Andrew Scott) in his balloon to find the bearer of a mystical, reality-cutting blade when attacked by the Magisterium forces crash landing in the forest, they are forced Then Lee makes the ultimate sacrifice so that John can accomplish his mission He takes a bullet Then another And soon the Texan and his rabbit demon Hester (Cristela Alonzo) take their last breaths John and his demon Sayan (Phoebe Waller-Bridge ) followed shortly afterwards when he took a bullet to protect his son Will (Amir Wilson)
What follows isn’t exactly what you’d call an exit interview. Its dark materials were recently renewed for a third season that will adapt the events in The Amber Spyglass, the final installment of the book trilogy, and Everyone Who has read this novel (spoiler alert) knows that it deals with the world of the dead and the residents that Lyra and Will discover there while Miranda discusses his journey as Lee with EW, which will mark his final moments in the material world leads, the actor is addressing a possible return for season three
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How did you react when you found out Lee was going out in this glory of glory? Then what was it like to play it?
Well, my first reaction was in 2005 when I was reading the books I had in the back of my mind when I said yes to the gig I’m going to kill one of the most heartbreaking deaths in literature, or at least literature, that I have read must I think part of me has been preparing since I signed up to perform. One of the things that affects this and the genius of Philip Pullman so much is that every death in this story is two deaths We don’t have Lee just met, we met Hester and their relationship I think that’s that extra twist you never see coming It’s heartbreaking in the book and I hope we did a little justice to it
I also found something really beautiful about this moment. Everyone in Lyra’s world who has a demon comes with the blessing that they are not alone in their last moments on earth. I was curious if you had any thoughts for Lee about this
Pullman wrote a book called Daemon Voices in which he wrote a number of essays on his thinking around the series, and the idea of a daemon was a solution to storytelling [people] can monologue about what they do and how they feel when they have someone to talk to. Why don’t I put their souls outside of their bodies? And it’s so simple and so elegant, but you’re right, it brings that incredible moment of consolation to the last moment I haven’t read The Subtle Knife in many years I didn’t want to read it again and get too locked into anything In case our version is lost. But the line that has always stayed with me is Lee saying to Hester, “Don’t go before I do” That’s a lovely, heartbreaking line
Did you notice the social media reaction to Lee’s death in the US?? [The last episode aired overseas on Sunday the previous December 20)
Yes I felt it psychologically on a Sunday afternoon here in New York that things were sad. And one other thing I’m grateful for and that’s a technical thing, but I think it makes a difference is like this often when you’re shooting a series, especially a VFX controlled series like this one, that you’re filming out of order, you’re at the whims of the schedules and locations available, but with this sequence we filmed with Alamo Gulch in a row we’re on Monday ended up in golf and I died on Friday and every scene happened in the order we created this sequence in this room I think this has helped the storytelling tremendously, and also from a performance standpoint, because we’re just struggling to stay alive over the course of a week. You see it in an hour, but there was a week of filming
Isn’t it? My last scenes were in the balloon, but we had the luxury of filming them one by one. It was Monday when we got there and we see that we are being followed [by the teaching profession], Wednesday I had to leave Andrew Say goodbye to Scott and for the last two days I was there alone with the brilliant puppeteer who played Hester
Was there a camaraderie with Andrew that both characters died out in this episode?
Yes, but the thing that hurt my stomach when the UK The reaction started when I forgot that [John Parry] had died. In my view, I’m fighting it off so he can keep going “Oh sh–! He’s dying too!” That’s a lot for the audience.We had a great time filming this sequence. Something we talked about a lot was the Band of Brothers Andrew worked on it when he was a very young actor years ago about that we got in the context of the mayhem the war and the logistics of filming such a firefight, much talked about The joy of working on this show is that the backlot is all of Wales It’s just a beautiful country I posted a picture of us in a trailer together Napping on camp beds because we were so far in this wooded area filming the Alamo Gulch that it wasn’t your typical base camp where everyone has their own trailer with their own television.We stayed in a Winnebago rented by a Welsh person who did this hill We had lunch there and dried ourselves off. We were in the mud and rain all day, but it also protects work in a very real way, since you don’t unplug when you are on a break you just walk to a corner of the muddy canyon
One of the lines you as Lee say that stick with me is after his balloon crashes and he turns to Hester and says, “I’m not an aeronaut anymore, we’re insects now” if you get into this sequence what defines Lee’s last leg of this journey for you?
What’s moving is Lee giving himself permission to do the impossible and make the ultimate sacrifices because he continues to remember what he is fighting for, and that is Lyra I don’t have the best hand of cards in regards to it got on parents, neither did Lyra, but she’s got a better shot than me. And if it is necessary to lose the balloon, if it is necessary to hold these people off and possibly lose my life for Parry to go forward and Lyra that can get what she needs, I can accept all of this: death, mortality, pain He really makes Lyra a higher thing I find this tremendously moving. It’s an instinct that kicks in when you become a parent in a very real way, but it is a different thing to see and implement
Is there still an option for Lee to return for season three as The Amber Spyglass deals with the world of the dead?
Yes there weren’t any – we just found out that Season 3 is happening today and that’s really exciting news and I’m glad you can finish the story in the final scenes; No, I’m not going to say that because it’s a spoiler.But yes, my answer is that I am serving for Bad Wolf Productions’ pleasure. If there is a call for Lee in physical or non-physical form, I would be my family would love to return to Wales
I know that Philip Pullman’s books are very important to you. What did this role of Lee mean to you, and being able to give the character your own spin?
When Lee first appears in the books, it will be the first really big indication that Philip Pullman’s universe is bigger than anything we imagined.A Texan aeronaut is on no bingo card when he read this story read, and suddenly you’re pointing to a much bigger world than Oxford and the trip north we’re used to It was a larger than life character and the DNA he shares with our main character Lyra who is the hero of the entire series, is the thought of doing the right thing Jack Thorne speaks of greatness versus kindness being an issue. There are many people trying to do “great things” in this story that required horrific and immoral acts, while Lyra is always motivated To do the good, the right is not the same as doing “great things”, and I think Lee shares that
The week at Alamo Gulch was an absolute highlight, and the other one that comes to mind is the scene with Mrs. Coulter [Season 2, Episode 3], who is not in the books, but I’m incredibly grateful for that because we know a lot about Mrs. Coulter, we learn a lot about Lee, it’s a really unexpected twist on a scene and it was just fun playing it from start to finish, every layer of it, and I’m really grateful that fans of the books embraced this scene because of it is a detour, but I think it’s a detour that honors the characters in the book
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