‘House of the Dragon’: Everything We Already Know About Season 2

‘House of the Dragon’: Everything We Already Know About Season 2

Game of Thrones followers are used to lengthy waits: The hiatus between the final two seasons of that HBO collection lasted practically 20 months, and George R. R. Martin’s readers have now waited greater than 11 years for the following ebook in his A Song of Ice and Fire collection.

House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, appears to be persevering with the custom, with the second season nonetheless months or perhaps a 12 months or extra away.

But Season 2 is coming, a minimum of. HBO renewed House of the Dragon in August 2022, simply days after the collection premiere’s rankings broke information for the premium cable channel. “We are past pleased with what your entire House of the Dragon crew has completed with Season 1,” Francesca Orsi, HBO’s EVP of programming, mentioned on the time. “Our phenomenal forged and crew undertook an enormous problem and exceeded all expectations, delivering a present that has already established itself as must-see-TV. … We couldn’t be extra excited to proceed bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with Season 2.”

And within the months since, followers have gotten ravens from the House of the Dragon crew about what to anticipate in that sophomore season. (Many extra dragons, for starters.) Here’s what we find out about Season 2 up to now — with a warning of potential spoilers forward!

The present doubtless gained’t premiere till 2024 — possibly even summer season of 2024

In February, HBO, and HBO Max chief content material officer Casey Bloys instructed Variety that it’s a “good guess” that House of the Dragon’s second season wouldn’t arrive till 2024 and would most likely miss that 12 months’s May 31 deadline for the 2024 Emmy Awards.

Bloys spoke along similar lines last October, saying to Vulture that Season 2 would come someday in 2024. “We’re simply beginning to put the plan collectively, and identical to final time, there are such a lot of unknowns,” he mentioned. “It’s to not be coy or secretive, however you don’t wish to say it’s going to be prepared on this date, after which it’s important to transfer it.”

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Ryan Condal is the only showrunner for Season 2 after Miguel Sapochnik’s exit, although Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor is pitching in

In August 2022, Miguel Sapochnik introduced that he would stay govt producer of House of the Dragon however was stepping down as the show’s co-showrunner, leaving Ryan Condal to supervise the collection solo. “It was extremely powerful to determine to maneuver on, however I do know that it’s the proper alternative for me, personally and professionally,” he mentioned in an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, veteran Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor joined the manufacturing to function govt producer and to helm episodes of Season 2. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to be again at HBO, immersing myself on the earth of the Targaryens,” Taylor mentioned in his assertion. “Returning to Westeros shall be an enormous enterprise, and I’m trying ahead to the problem.”

Season 2 was within the works earlier than it was formally introduced

“Because of the extremely demanding manufacturing schedule of the present, aspects of the present should overlap with each other, which implies that we have been writing Season 2 lengthy earlier than they ever introduced it, whereas we have been in [post-production] in Season 1,” Ryan Condal instructed Variety in October. “So we actually should storm proper into the making of Season 2 now so as to hold tempo with our followers’ wholesome appetites for materials and HBO’s want and need to launch the present in an inexpensive timeframe from season to season.”

House of the Dragon - Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon


The narrative tempo is accelerating within the second season

After the occasions of House of the Dragon’s first-season finale, the Targaryen civil battle often known as the “Dance of the Dragons” has begun in earnest, and Condal instructed The Sunday Times that followers may count on extra motion and fewer character-building in Season 2. “We will get to the spectacle,” he mentioned (per IndieWire). “But it’s important to perceive these individuals’s complexities earlier than they’re thrown into battle.”

He added that Season 2 “will hit the rhythms individuals got here to count on from the center run of Game of Thrones, however it’s going to have been earned, and viewers will really feel the tragedies as a result of we put the work in.”

The present will “broaden its scope” to new lands — together with never-before-seen places

“The present undoubtedly has to broaden its scope within the second season,” Condal added in his Variety interview. “We’ve lived a superb bit in three totally different worlds by this present: King’s Landing, Dragonstone, and Driftmark. I feel these will proceed to be the house bases for the present. But a battle is coming that requires allegiances from totally different kingdoms and armies all around the map of Westeros. I don’t assume we’re going to get fairly as huge as the unique Game of Thrones did in its remaining evaluation. But there are undoubtedly many extra new worlds to come back, and new worlds that you simply haven’t essentially seen within the unique present, both.”

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The second season might function the “Blood and Cheese” plotline

In November 2022, House of the Dragon author Sara Hess indicated to Variety that the ebook’s notorious “Blood and Cheese” plot line — a revenge scheme towards Alicent (Olivia Cooke) for the dying of Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys (Elliot Grihault) — would play out on display screen. “We are at the moment writing the finale of Season 2,” Hess mentioned. “I don’t assume you’ll be dissatisfied.”

Cregan Stark and Daeron Targaryen may pop up, too

In the season finale, Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) sends her son Jacaerys (Harry Collett) away on dragon again to ask Cregan Stark, head of House Stark and Lord of Winterfell, to affix her facet within the battle to come back. “We will forged Cregan Stark sooner or later, however no remark in any other case,” Condal instructed Variety.

The showrunner was additionally cagey about whether or not and after we’ll see Daeron Targaryen, Alicent’s fourth baby. “He does exist,” Condal mentioned. “No worries, all people. … It’s not our modern-day, the place if you happen to had a 6-year-old, you’d FaceTime them day-after-day and see how they’re doing and write letters. He’s there. That’s the actual fact. When he’s related to be talked about — and he shall be — he shall be talked about.”



Five new dragons will dissipate the display screen

Condal gave a small spoiler for Season 2 at a For Your Consideration occasion in Los Angeles this month. “You’re going to satisfy 5 new dragons,” he mentioned, per The Hollywood Reporter.

It doubtless gained’t be the final season

With rankings for House of the Dragon akin to they’re, HBO can be extra silly than Vaemond Velaryon to not renew the present for Season 3. And that’s a superb factor, contemplating Martin says there’s far more story to cowl. “It goes to take 4 full seasons of 10 episodes every to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from begin to end,” he wrote on his blog in October.



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