His Dark Materials fans left 'shocked and vomiting' as Will has fingers slashed off in gory pre-watershed scenes

HIS Dark Materials aired its goriest scene to date as Will Parry had his hand mutilated in bloody scenes.

The BBC fantasy drama is normally prime family viewing and airs at 8pm every Sunday, but the latest episode didn't hold back when it came to gore.

Last night's instalment saw Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson) hunt down the Subtle Knife, having been sent on a mission to retrieve it in exchange for the alethiometer.

The pair returned to Cittagazze's Tower of the Angels to find the relic, only to be confronted by a young man clutching the weapon.

The duo tried to reason with the teen but he was in a frenzy and a fight ensued.

Lyra was sent flying across the room after her daemon Pan was kicked in the stomach, leaving Will to fend for himself.

Relying on his boxing training, he managed to land a string of blows, only for his opponent to slash his fist, chopping off two of his fingers.

With blood seeping through his bound fists, Will looked horrified, but still managed to defeat the lad before collapsing in agony.

Unsurpsingly fans were left shocked by the graphic scenes and took to Twitter with their thoughts.

"Holf f*** that's a bit much for an 8pm on a Sunday night?! Feel like I'm gonna vom[it]. RIP Will's fingers," one fan wrote.

"I forgot about the fingers somehow," a second wrote, alongside a string of vomiting emojis.

"My son Will losing his wee fingers for the Subtle Knife always breaks my wee heart," a third chimed in.

While a fourth exclaimed: "Ouch, poor Will! Loses his fingers to a powerful knife and ends up becoming its bearer."

After the fight, Will learned to master the Subtle Knife's powers – namely its ability to open gateways between worlds.

He vowed to retrieve Lyra's alethiometer without giving up the artefact towards the end of the episode, which no doubt will be the focus of next week.

Elsewhere in the episode, the witches launched an attack on The Magisterium's airships after their brutal bombings.

Meanwhile Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) crossed paths with Will's father – but the meeting wasn't exactly straightforward.

The furore comes after fans reacted to Lyra and Will finally meeting earlier this month.

Elsewhere, Game of Thrones fans were quick to point out that Angelica was being played by Bella Ramsey, who starred as the formidable Lady Mormont in the HBO epic.

Meanwhile  Lord Boreal actor Ariyon Bakare lifted the lid on his "emotionless, power-hungry, megalomaniac" character in the coming episodes.

His Dark Materials airs Sunday on BBC One at 8pm and is available to stream on iPlayer.

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