This submit incorporates spoilers for the primary episode of His Darkish Supplies and the novel The Golden Compass.
His Dark Materials, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy sequence, has lastly began airing on HBO, and after the season premiere followers have already got questions, like what the heck are Gobblers?
In episode one, “Lyra’s Jordan,” viewers are launched to the alternate model of Oxford, the place orphaned protagonist Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Eager) will get into every kind of scrapes along with her greatest pal, kitchen boy Roger (Lewin Lloyd). Whereas Lyra is daring and considerably reckless of their adventures throughout the rooftops and down by means of the tombs of Jordan School, Roger is extra cautious; partly as a result of he’s a servant and beholden to extra guidelines, but in addition as a result of he’s scared of the boogeyman-like figures often known as Gobblers.
Who’re the Gobblers?
Gobblers are talked about plenty of occasions in connection to the disappearances of native kids. And whereas most individuals dismiss them as an city delusion or story designed to scare kids, the Gobblers are very actual — and because the first episode reveals, they’ve been kidnapping kids from the Gyptian group.
As of but, the Gobblers have but to be clearly proven on display screen; they function from the shadows, though one among their daemons (a sinister-looking fox) has been glimpsed previous to the kidnappings of Billy Costa (Tyler Howitt) and Roger.
Within the The Golden Compass, the primary ebook of the sequence His Darkish Supplies is predicated on, the Gobblers are revealed to be a corporation often known as the Basic Oblation Board (G.O.B.), paid for and sanctioned by the Magisterium, an omnipotent theocratic authorities, and overseen by Lyra’s mysterious new guardian Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson). With the primary season of His Darkish Supplies anticipated to comply with the plot of the primary ebook comparatively intently, the origins and intentions of the on-screen Gobblers are prone to be comparable.
What do the Gobblers need?
They prey on youngsters who’re much less prone to be missed, which is why they focused Roger, an orphan, and Gyptian kids like Billy, who come from marginalized communities. We’re getting deep into spoiler territory now, so let’s simply say the Gobblers have been tasked with rounding up kids for a secret venture within the distant North. His Darkish Supplies seems to be set to have a number of antagonists and characters with shady motivations (taking a look at you, Asriel), however for now, the Gobblers are the largest, creepiest menace.