Don’t be surprised if, in His Dark Materials‘ upcoming Season 2, John Parry’s daemon turns to the camera, breaks the fourth wall and gives the audience a pointed look.
OK, we’re kidding — but Phoebe Waller-Bridge is going to lend her voice to a character quite close to one played by her Fleabag co-star Andrew Scott.
A quick primer on daemons: In both Philip Pullman’s fantasy books and the HBO series based on them, daemons are offshoots of a person’s soul that take animal form and serve as an extension of that person. In The Subtle Knife, Book 2 of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, John Parry’s daemon is an osprey named Sayan Kotor.
“It’s all about companionship and friendship and loyalty and that’s what I feel about Phoebe in my real life,” Scott said after announcing the cameo casting during the show’s Comic-Con @ Home panel Thursday. “So, it’s wonderful that that’s happening.”
Scott, of course, played Hot Priest opposite Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag in Season 2 of the Amazon Prime comedy.
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As part of the panel, HBO also released a roughly 90-second teaser trailer giving audiences a taste of His Dark Materials‘ sophomore season, which will toggle between worlds and will take place — in part — in a place called Cittagazze.