His Dark Materials ending explained: What happened at the end?

This evening (Sunday, December 22) saw things come to a head between Lyra Silvertongue (played by Dafne Keen), Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) and Lord Asriel (James McAvoy). The last episode of the BBC and HBO show was filled to the brim with drama and developments, leaving audiences with lots of questions and wanting more. Express.co.uk breaks down the finale of His Dark Materials titled Betrayal.

What happened at the end of His Dark Materials?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from the His Dark Materials finale

Lord Asriel kills Roger

As suggested last week, Lord Asriel seemed a little too happy to see Roger Parslow after Lyra and her friend came knocking at his door.

He’d initially tried to shoo his daughter away but when he realised Roger was with her, Asriel welcomed them both in with open arms.

Sadly, it was a death sentence for Roger. Asriel kidnapped the sleeping child and carried out intercision on him.

The process of separating a child from their daemon proved disastrous as evidenced at Bolvangar.

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Roger was killed during the procedure, which Asriel knew would happen but went ahead with anyway.

The intercision released energy and tore a hole in fabric between worlds and allowed Asriel to travel to a new dimension.

He disappeared through the window and into another world as he continued his campaign to take down the Magisterium.

Lyra was left bereft by the death of her friend and blamed herself.

The Magisterium is thwarted by Asriel

Shortly before Asriel stepping through the window, he met with former lover Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson).

There was still electric chemistry between the couple and the parents of Lyra as they locked lips passionately.

Asriel revealed his plans to take down the Magisterium to Mrs Coulter and asked her to come with him.

He wanted to create the new Republic of Heaven and tried to persuade her to help him do so.

But Mrs Coulter said wouldn’t switch sides and admitted they could never be together again.

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Lyra travels through the window

With her mother and father gone, Lyra made the decision to travel between worlds and entered the window.

She followed in the footsteps of her father but it was unclear whether she would end up in the same world as him.

Lyra was hoping to save Roger by going to another world after there was nothing left for her.

Season two, which is being filmed right now, will explore what happened to Lyra after she went through the window.

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Will travels through a window 

Will Parry (Amir Wilson) was forced to flee his own world after Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) was after him and the police were on the lookout.

He started to realise his mother’s increasing fears about the men coming for them was actually happening.

Will also discovered his father Colonel John Parry (Andrew Scott) could be alive and was eager to find out more about him.

Much like Lyra, Will also stepped through to another world tentatively as he stumbled across a window.

His Dark Materials is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now

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