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This Epic HBO Fantasy Series Premiering In Malaysia Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Stream it at the same time as the US from 5 November!

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There's a brand new series that we think definitely deserves your attention, especially if you're a sci-fi and fantasy nut

Based on the global bestselling trilogy by author Philip Pullman, brand new HBO Original Series 'His Dark Materials' follows the journey of Lyra (Dafne Keen) as she searches for her missing friend, only to uncover a sinister plot involving lost children.

Watch the epic trailer below:

In this series adaptation, 'His Dark Materials' is a complex fantasy genre with darker undertones, making it prime viewing for adults as well as kids

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If you saw the trailer above, you'd know what we mean.

The show is filled with deep and intense moments, guaranteeing a thrilling viewing experience like no other.

Starring the likes of James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Dafne Keen, the show is definitely set to thrill viewers with a powerful serving of jam-packed action, mystery, and mind-bending fantasy

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Staying true to the book trilogy, the HBO series promises to take audiences on a whirlwind journey through a world which none of us could ever imagine living in. Fantasy meets philosophy in this thought-provoking series.

Other series regulars include: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Award winner for 'Hamilton') as Lee Scoresby, Clarke Peters (HBO’s 'The Wire' and 'Treme') as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram, and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.

The series revolves around an alternate world in which humans are governed by the 'Magisterium'

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Lyra, an orphan who grows up in Oxford, soon sets off on a quest to find her missing best friend. Along the way, she uncovers a sinister conspiracy involving stolen children and comes to know about a mysterious phenomenon called 'Dust'.

Based on the trailer, it seems that there's a war brewing between the 'Magisterium' itself and its opponents. Amongst the resistance is Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel, played by James McAvoy.

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It soon becomes clear that Lyra has an important role to play in the wars to come. Over time, she becomes deeply entangled in the quest to find the missing children and is forced to choose a side.

Lyra embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery that will take her North in search of answers and change her life forever.

But of course, we're not gonna spoil it all for you. ;)

In this alternate world, all humans have animal counterparts; manifestations of their souls. They're called Daemons.

During childhood, they can change form at will, but once they reach a certain age, they settle into their final form - reflecting the personality of their human counterparts.

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Lord Asriel's Daemon is Stelmaria, a snow leopard voiced by Helen McCrory ('Harry Potter'). Personally, we think something as majestic and graceful as a snow leopard (yet also very dangerous and deadly) seems very fitting for a character such as Lord Asriel’s.

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Miss Coulter's Daemon is The Golden Monkey. It doesn't speak, nor does it have a name, but it's the one carrying out the misdeeds that Ms. Coulter doesn't want anybody to see.

Daemons are basically the humans themselves, but unfiltered.

What do you think your Daemon would be? ;)

Starting today, you can stream the show on HBO GO, same time as the US. New episodes every Tuesday at 10am.

All you need to do is download the HBO GO app*, available on both iOS and Android, and you're good to go!

*HBO GO is exclusive to Astro subscribers.

HBO Original Series 'His Dark Materials' premieres the same time as the US on HBO GO on 5 November 2019 at 10am

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New episodes premiere every Tuesday morning at 10am, with a same day encore at 10pm. Watch it on HBO GO or HBO (Astro Channel 411/431). You're gonna be waiting eagerly to catch the latest episode.

Totalling up to eight episodes in the first season, the season finale will fall on 24 December to make for an early Christmas treat!

For more information, visit HBOGOASIA.COM

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