“The Lost Boy”

A close reading of HBO’s His Dark Materials Season 1, Episode 5.

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Go deeper inside the world of HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Join Slate’s scholars of experimental theology, Laura Miller and Dan Kois, as they discuss Dust, daemons, the Magisterium, and more—and, of course, break down the events of each episode.

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Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 5, “The Lost Boy,” which cuts back and forth between Lyra’s adventures with the Gyptians and the introduction of the character of Will Parry. Plus: a closer look at the alethiometer.

Recommended reading: His Dark Materials Illuminated
You can also read Laura’s Slate piece on Frances Yates here.

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Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson.