Two characters come face to face in the latest episode who never meet in the books (Picture: BBC/Bad Wolf)
Warning: spoilers ahead for His Dark Materials season 2.
The latest episode of His Dark Materials season 2 saw two characters come face to face who never meet in Philip Pullman’s original book trilogy, exciting numerous fans.
During Sunday night’s instalment of the BBC fantasy show, the terrifyingly intimidating Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) makes the acquaintance of aeronaut Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), a charming and fiercely loyal ally of Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen).
After making enquiries in search of a man called Stanislaus Grumman, Lee finds himself apprehended, locked up and beaten, which is when Mrs Coulter pays him a visit.
Aware of his connection to Lyra, Mrs Coulter attempts to violently find out the whereabouts of her daughter through Lee.
But Lee, his face bloodied and swollen, refuses to give her up, revealing just how much he cares about the young child.
Mrs Coulter eventually decides to let Lee go so that he can be there for Lyra, after she and the aeronaut appear to connect over shared experiences of abuse in their childhoods.
Lee Scoresby proves himself a loyal ally of Lyra’s (Picture: BBC/© Bad Wolf/HBO)
Before tonight’s episode aired, His Dark Materials writer Jack Thorne tweeted about how much he was looking forward to seeing Mrs Coulter and Lee’s meeting play out on screen.
‘You lose so much in the transition from page to screen,’ he wrote.
‘The biggest thing you gain are the faces of the actors. As revealed by the trailer, in ep 3 of #HisDarkMaterials (co-written with the mighty Sarah Quintrell) two faces meet that don’t in the books.’
Jack continued, writing: ‘We wanted Lee and Mrs Coulter together for two reasons (1) to get two astonishing actors together (2) we thought there was something interesting to dive into about their shared past.’
The writer added that their meeting was a ‘delight to write’ and a ‘true joy to see on screen’, stating that his co-writer Sarah penned the ‘best bits’.
Fans of the BBC show felt the same way after seeing the characters’ scenes play out, with several praising Ruth and Lin-Manuel’s stellar performances.
‘Lin-Manuel and Ruth Wilson as Lee and Mrs Coulter scene was insane. INSANE. The amount of talent!’ one person wrote.
‘Mrs Coulter vs Lee Scoresby in the prison cell is pure fire. Terrific stuff from Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel,’ someone else said.
Another viewer commented: ‘Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson are absolutely knocking it out of the park.’
With Lee now free to search for Gruman and Lyra alongside his daemon Hester, we can no doubt expect even more exciting meet-ups to take place in the series.
His Dark Materials returns next Sunday at 8.10pm on BBC One.
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