‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Is Ready to Take Flight. Here’s When to Watch.

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‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Takes FlightTheo Whiteman - HBO
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It’s been too long since I’ve seen a dragon on television. Remember all those crazy names we committed to memory: Rhaenyra Targaryen, Corlys Velaryon, and so on? Well, it’s time to become Westeros scholars once again. After a nearly two-year hiatus, House of the Dragon is finally returning for season 2.

Before we dive in, let’s start with a quick refresher. When we last left the Game of Thrones prequel series, two embittered childhood friends vied for the throne. On one side, Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and her son, King Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney), usurped power in King’s Landing. They led a military coup to oust Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) before she could ascend to the Iron Throne. Now the two sides prepare for war.

As Glynn-Carney told Esquire, season 2 will see King Aegon II “[come] into his own as an unpredictable live wire.” The young royal is unprepared to accept the responsibility of the throne so early, but Aegon remains “intensely ambitious and incapable of pursuing the things he sets for himself.” Meanwhile, his more strategically minded brother, Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), is ready to strike. “In the last three episodes of season 1, I presented a character that was entirely black,” Mitchell teased. “In season 2, I can’t wait to turn him gray.”

Glynn-Carney also revealed that season 2 will deviate slightly from George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel to explore new territory that is of the show’s own making. “The books are the foundation of where we’re going narratively, but things are tweaked,” he explained. “It’s the bible, but it’s also not. The writers of our show are brilliant and should be given credit for their creation. George R.R. Martin should be given credit for his creation. But they’re not the same thing.”

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Tom Glynn-Carney stars as King Aegon II Targaryen, the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros.HBO

Who Else Returns for Season 2?

More characters than I can possibly count! Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) returns as Rhaenyra’s volatile uncle-husband, as does the fan-favorite scorned knight Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel). Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) will once again attempt to steer the kingdom in his family’s favor, while the weaselly Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) seeks to take Hightower’s place as Hand of the King.

Fans will also see the reappearance of Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and his wife, Rhaenys (Eve Best); Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), the “White Worm,” and her network of spies; the young dragon-riding prince Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett); and many, many more characters with increasingly difficult names. Looking at you, twin brothers Ser Arryk Cargyll and Ser Erryk Cargyll!

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Rhaenyra and her son Jacaerys seek revenge for Lucerys’s death in the season 1 finale.Theo Whiteman - HBO

Where Can I Watch House of the Dragon Season 2?

HBO will air the second-season premiere on Sunday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For cord-cutters, the season is also available to stream on Max. New episodes will air weekly throughout the summer, ending with episode 8 on August 4. Check out all release dates for House of the Dragon season 2 below.

Episode 1: “A Son for a Son” — June 16

Episode 2: “TBA” — June 23

Episode 3: “TBA” — June 30

Episode 4: “TBA” — July 7

Episode 5: “TBA” — July 14

Episode 6: “TBA” — July 21

Episode 7: “TBA” — July 28

Episode 8: “TBA” (season finale) — August 4

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