It turns out Mrs Coulter suppressed what makes her human in order to control the spectres. But what exactly does this mean? Mrs Coulter convinces a group of Spectres that following her command would give them more access to prey and is thus able to control them, and is able to make them "forget that they were earthbound" (so that they can fly). By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. Check out our full TV Guide. The end of season two brings in a shocking twist, with Mrs. Coulter being able to control the Spectres — despite the fact that they typically suck the life out of any adults in their path. It could also do us damage, High Ground review – Simon Baker narrowly escapes white saviour tropes in colonial Australia, Sent to Coventry: the city of culture’s brutalist architecture – in pictures, Children’s social care is in crisis. Control the Specters and teach them how to fly or know exactly where the invisible Lena Feldt was standing? The many storylines almost intersecting, but not quite, makes for an incredibly tense hour. As for Mrs. Coulter, I believe it’s safe to say that she recalls what it’s like to have the Magisterium looking for you. His Dark Materials season 2 ended with Mrs. Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson) using deadly Spectres to get to Lyra (Dafne Keen). In His Dark Materials, the soul-sucking Spectres are among the most terrifying threats faced by Lyra, Will and our other heroes, with the shapeless monsters (who only attack adults and remain invisible to children) feasting on the Dust of their victims and leaving them hollowed-out shells of human beings. Even Lee and Parry head for the city, though they meet an obstacle in Magisterium ships. A long-time associate of The Churchand a high ranking official in the Magisterium, Mrs. Coulter was head of the General Oblation Board, an association that performed harmful experiments on children in The Church’s interest of eliminating Dust. Immediate Media Company Limited (publishers of radiotimes.com) would love to send you our sci-fi and fantasy newsletters. r/HisDarkMaterialsHBO is a spoiler-free sub for people who have not read Pullman's novels. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Marisa married politician Edward Coulter, but had an affair with Lord Asriel that resulted in a daughter, Lyra. Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) suppressed her humanity in a confrontation with the deadly Spectres in His Dark Materials – and fans of the … Is the latter something she might have picked up during her travels around the world? Mrs. Coulter, however, was convinced that she could master the spectres and, in this week’s episode, Boreal nervously takes her to the city. Is Mrs Coulter a witch? An angry Mrs Coulter convinces Boreal they must go through to Cittàgazze, despite the risk of Spectres. That was the purpose of Mrs Coulter’s barbaric experiments to separate children from their form-shifting Daemons before they settle into a single form and attract Dust. “Strength is salvation.”. Locked in a barracks with Covid running rampant. But we’ve also seen the incredible emotional toll life has taken on her this season. This is actually a bit different from how the show treats Spectres. If Mary is the serpent, what does that make Coulter? Mrs. Coulter immediately falls to the ground in pain and for the first time since they met, she is at Lyra’s mercy. “I suppress myself.”. 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And before she meets the Spectres, they are unable to fly. You're now subscribed to our newsletter. Of course, another question that presents itself is how Mrs Coulter knew that this technique would work, or why she’d even risk it – but there’s another clue to this in the episode. Though Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel battle for control of their daughter, Lyra’s existence suggests that a powerful attraction once existed between them. If you would like to post spoilers, do so using spoiler tags: >!spoiler!< and it will display as spoiler. Clearly, she did. With the Spectres now under her control, she’s more dangerous than ever. Lyra must save the world from certain doom. You can unsubscribe at any time. The power to Specters To control was very useful, because she easily eliminated the other witches in her path. And interestingly these details are new for the TV series, with the books offering a rather different explanation for the Coulter/Spectre match-up. Great Depth for Mrs. Coulter. 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