HBO didn't wait long to renew House of the Dragon. Soon after the first episode dropped—with the largest audience for any new original series in HBO history—the company announced the Game of Thrones prequel would be returning for a second season.
"We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with season one. Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV," Francesca Orsi, the Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, said in a statement. "We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two."
Here's everything we know so far about House of the Dragon season two.
It will still be based on Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin.
House of the Dragon is set two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, and follows House Targaryen as they descend into a civil war over who should inherit the throne after King Viserys I (Paddy Considine). While we don't know how far into the book season one will get, expect season two to pick off right where the plot left off in season one.
The key cast is expected to return.
The younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, played by Milly Alcock and Emily Carney, respectively, are not expected to return. However, creator Ryan Condal didn't rule out their return. "I mean, look, I don't know," he explained. Younger Rhaenyra and Alicent "are not a part of the story that we're telling, yet." The key here is "yet"—Condal leaves the door open for the future.
Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik will not return for season two.
House of Dragon's co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik is stepping down. According to the Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, "Sources say Sapochnik is exiting the show after pouring an exhausting three years of effort into the Game of Thrones prequel." Ryan Condal will now be House of Dragon's sole showrunner and will work closely with co-creator George R.R. Martin.
"Working within the Thrones universe for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon," Sapochnik said in a statement. "I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers. It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally. As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He’s someone I’ve known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I am so glad to remain a part of the HBO and House of the Dragon family and, of course, I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best with season two and beyond."
No premiere date has been set yet.
Hopefully, House of the Dragon season two will return in 2023, but HBO has not confirmed anything about release dates yet.
We'll update this story as soon as we learn more.
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