Does His Dark Materials Title Sequence Rival Game Of Thrones?

The excitement surrounding HBO’s big-budget adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s beloved novel series has been growing steadily for a while now. His Dark Materials was one of the most buzzed-about projects not coming from Marvel at this past summer’s Comic-Con, and the early reviews have been very, very positive. With the show premiering tonight at 9 pm EST, we’ve got a look at the title sequence, and it’s fantastic. One can’t watch this beauty and not think of that other big-budget HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, who had a now-iconic title sequence of its own. The question we pose to you is; does His Dark Materials title sequence rival GoT‘s?

Have a watch here. The sequence was designed by Elastic, with music from Loren Balfe.

For the uninitiated, His Dark Materials centers on Lyra (Logan‘s pint-size breakout star Dafne Keen) and her search for her kidnapped friend that results in her epic adventures involving sinister adults, twisted plots and all manner of extraordinary creatures. The cast also includes James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson. There’s an armored polar bear and lots more animals, which are the daemons of the human characters in this richly realized fantasy world.

Here’s the full synopsis from HBO:

His Dark Materials stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living—and the dead—in their hands.

Featured image: ‘His Dark Materials.’ Courtesy HBO


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