You may now express your gratitude to the old gods and the new gods, for House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season. We have seen all of the first season, and we can now rest easy knowing that there will be at least one more season of Easter eggs, moments of pure shock and theories. This renewal was somewhat expected, given the amount of money HBO is investing in the show and its number of viewers (the premiere episode holds the record for most HBO viewers at 10 million). Nevertheless, this is excellent news.
HBO's quick renewal of the series was a reminder that they are still fully committed to Game of Thrones. They are also currently developing several other spin-off shows, including a sequel to Thrones that would follow Jon Snow's story up north. (HBO may also be reckoning Steve Toussaint's fame as Coryls “the Sea Snake” Velaryon— which is also the head of Westeros's most influential navy, and the issue of a great voyage around the world that was reportedly launched around the same time as House of the Dragon.)
House Of The Dragon takes place nearly two centuries before the events in the Game of Thrones, telling us the story of a Targaryen civil war. In the well-known fantasy series, Princess Rhaenyra's claim to the Iron Throne has been stolen by her half-brother, Aegon II, after their father, King Viserys' death. As one family takes charge of the kingdom, Rhaenyra and her husband, Prince Daemon, who also happens to be her uncle, start to plan their revenge. As is typical in Thrones, no one is safe from jeopardy.
So, When will the Season 2 of House Of the Dragon Be released?
Thank you for inquiring. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the first season took 10 months to film, with extra months spent on VFX and other post-production work. Consequently, it seems improbable that they would be able to shoot and complete another season in the span of a year. In a recent interview with Variety, co-creator and executive producer Condal stated that they are hoping to commence filming the show in early 2023. Whether season 2 will premiere in 2023 is still undecided. To be on the safe side, you can assume it will premiere in 2024.
What will Season Two of House of the Dragon Be about?
The series espoused Rhaenyra and her uncle, Daemon, in a controversial marriage after half of Season One has passed—however many fans don't appear to care about it.
Sara Hess, a writer for House of the Dragon told The Hollywood Reporter; “He’s evolved into an Internet Boyfriend in a way that confuses me,”. “Not that Matt [Smith] isn’t particularly charismatic and fantastic, and he’s great in the role. But Daemon being Daemon is … I don’t want him as my boyfriend! I’m a little confused about how they’re all, ‘Oh, daddy!' And I’m just like: ‘Really?'” She also taunted about what's to come in Season two for the couple. “And right now, we’re composing season two and trying to figure out, what is the nature of Daemon’s relationship with Rhaenyra?”
Sara Hess continued. “There are multiple meanings [in the book Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin] to that relationship.” Sara Hess also said there might be Crisis coming for this uncle-husband-niece-wife utopia.
Now that season 1 has come to an end, we have a better idea of what to expect from season 2. Keep in mind that this show is based on a book, so we know the general direction the series is headed. **Spoiler alert for the season 1 finale!** The season 1 finale gave us a glimpse of the war to come between the Green Council (Alicent and company) and the Black Council (Rhaenyra and company). We also witnessed the first big death of the war.
The couple will challenge the newly instated Aegon II, Rhaenyra's half-brother, in a Targaryen civil war. House Velaryon—owners of the grandest navy in Westeros—are aligned with Rhaenyra and Daemon, alongside more than a dozen dragons. They gain the nickname “Blacks” from their House colors. In contrast, the “Greens” are comprised of the group at King Landing, which includes King Aegon II, Alicent, Otto Hightower, Ser Criston Cole, Aemond, and the mightiest dragon in the world, Vhagar. tragedy strikes in the Season Finale when Aemond and Vhagar kill Rhaenyra's son, Luke, amounting to the first casualty in the civil war following Aegon II's rise to power.
“Rhaenyra's attempt at mediation crumbles the moment she hears about Luke's death,” Emma D'Arcy told Entertainment Weekly about Rhaenyra's change in Season Two. “I don't think she has the self-control to suppress her true nature anymore… I'm excited to see what happens when Rhaenyra starts following her instincts and desires instead of trying to control them. She has very good reasons for being restrained in Season One, but I have a feeling things will be different in Season Two.” Steal Rhaenyra's crown and kill her son? War couldn't be any more imminent.
Who will Be Returning To the House of The Dragon Season 2?
Possibly anyone in HOTD season 1 who survives! Although we are aware that both Emily Carey and Milly Alcock, playing the younger versions of Alicent and Rhaenyra, will be substituted in the middle of the season with actors cast as the older versions of their characters (Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, respectively). It is unclear if Emily and Milly will still appear in the show through flashbacks.
The young actors playing the child characters were also replaced (Aegon, Aemond, etc.), and it is probable that the older actors will return as well. But Paddy Considine, who acted as King Viserys Targaryen, is officially deceased, so he is unlikely to make a return. Matt Smith, who acted as Prince Daemon Targaryen, is probably going to return.
Moreover, Miguel Sapochnik will not be the head showrunner for future seasons of House of the Dragon, he will still be credited as an executive producer. Sapochnik announced that he would be stepping down from his position to work on developing new projects with HBO following the show's debut season. He directed several popular Game of Thrones episodes, such as “Hardhome” and “The Battle of the Bastards” The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
How many seasons of HOTD is out already?
As of the time of writing this article, only one season of House of the Dragon is out.