HBO’s His Dark Materials isn’t the first adaptation of the beloved Philip Pullman book trilogy, but with the premiere of the first episode this week, it’s looking like it might be the best. It’s not just the stellar cast, which includes Dafne Keen (the girl from Logan) as Lyra, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, and Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter; it’s also the fact that those responsible for the joint BBC and HBO production seem to be dedicated to staying faithful to the source material, unlike the filmmakers behind the mediocre 2007 movie version.
That isn’t to say there are no changes being made. As we saw in the premiere episode alone, “Lyra’s Jordan,” the show is taking some liberties with the way the story plays out. And those differences will likely only increase in scope as the season continues.
That’s probably fine, as long as the show stays true to the spirit and overall story of Pullman’s original trilogy. But sometimes, it’s still fun to point out all the changes. Here are some that we noticed, along with some general Easter eggs and references for fans.