WARNING: This story could contain potential spoilers for the future of His Dark Materials.
Lyra (played by Dafne Keen) managed to escape Mrs Coutler’s (Ruth Wilson) grasp in last week’s edition of His Dark Materials as the vindictive character showed her true colours. Now in the care of Gyptians, it seems the youngster is safe for the time being, but her nemesis doesn’t seem to be letting up her campaign to get her back. As the BBC drama continues, could the young girl be killed as her mother tries to finish the job her late husband started?
After almost being caught by members of the Oblation Board on one of the Gyptian boats, Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff) believed it was time Lyra knew the truth about her heritage.
Having nursed her from birth, the mother-of-two went on to tell the scared youngster she was the child of Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Mrs Coulter.
At the time of her birth however, the villain was already married to her husband Edward Coulter, meaning she was conceived through means of an affair.
Believing his wife’s daughter would be a detriment to them, the now deceased character decided it was best if he killed Lyra.
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His Dark Materials: Lyra Belacqua killed as Mrs Coulter's past exposed in tragic twist? (Image: BBC)
His Dark Materials: Lyra Belacqua learnt about the extent of her heritage by Ma Costa (Image: BBC)
Ma Costa detailed how the youngster’s stepfather made it his mission to track her down and carry out his deadly deed.
“He ransacked the place. The Gyptain his you feel but he'd have found you eventually,” she said as she tried to disguise the fact she was the nurse who cared for Lyra.
“Asriel fought him there and then and Edward Coulter was killed - the law didn’t know how to respond. Asriel killed defending his home.
“But the law also allows a man to avenge the violation of his wife. Your ma was broken with the shame of it all - it’s why she’s like she is,” the Gyptian woman explained.
His Dark Materials: Lord Asriel killed Mrs Coulter''s husband after Lyra was born (Image: BBC)
His Dark Materials: Lyra Belacqua could be in mortal peril from her mother Mrs Coulter (Image: BBC)
She was a