Every thing 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 almost 20 months, and George R. R. Martin’s readers have now waited greater than 11 years for the following e-book in his A Music of Ice and Fireplace collection.
House of the Dragon, HBO’s Sport of Thrones prequel, appears to be persevering with the custom, with the second season nonetheless months or perhaps a yr or extra away.
However Season 2 is coming, not less than. HBO renewed Home of the Dragon in August 2022, simply days after the collection premiere’s rankings broke information for the premium cable channel. “We’re past happy with what your complete Home of the Dragon crew has achieved 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 Home Targaryen with Season 2.”
And within the months since, followers have gotten ravens from the Home of the Dragon crew about what to anticipate in that sophomore season. (Many extra dragons, for starters.) Right here’s what we find out about Season 2 to date — with a warning of potential spoilers forward!
The present probably gained’t premiere till 2024 — possibly even summer time of 2024
In February, HBO, and HBO Max chief content material officer Casey Bloys instructed Variety that it’s a “good guess” that Home of the Dragon’s second season wouldn’t arrive till 2024 and would most likely miss that yr’s Might 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 similar to final time, there are such a lot of unknowns,” he mentioned. “It’s to not be coy or secretive, however you don’t need to say it’s going to be prepared on this date, after which it’s important to transfer it.”
Ryan Condal is the only showrunner for Season 2 after Miguel Sapochnik’s exit, although Sport of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor is pitching in
In August 2022, Miguel Sapochnik introduced that he would stay government producer of Home 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.
In the meantime, veteran Sport of Thrones director Alan Taylor joined the manufacturing to function government producer and to helm episodes of Season 2. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to be again at HBO, immersing myself on the planet 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
“Due to the extremely demanding manufacturing schedule of the present, aspects of the present must overlap with each other, which implies that we had been writing Season 2 lengthy earlier than they ever introduced it, whereas we had been in [post-production] in Season 1,” Ryan Condal instructed Variety in October. “So we actually must 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 affordable timeframe from season to season.”
The narrative tempo is accelerating within the second season
After the occasions of Home of the Dragon’s first-season finale, the Targaryen civil battle often called the “Dance of the Dragons” has begun in earnest, and Condal instructed The Sunday Occasions that followers might count on extra motion and fewer character-building in Season 2. “We’ll get to the spectacle,” he mentioned (per IndieWire). “However 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 Sport 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 “increase its scope” to new lands — together with never-before-seen areas
“The present positively has to increase its scope within the second season,” Condal added in his Selection interview. “We’ve lived an excellent bit in three totally different worlds by this present: King’s Touchdown, Dragonstone, and Driftmark. I feel these will proceed to be the house bases for the present. However 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 Sport of Thrones did in its ultimate evaluation. However there are positively many extra new worlds to come back, and new worlds that you just haven’t essentially seen within the authentic present, both.”
The second season might function the “Blood and Cheese” plotline
In November 2022, Home of the Dragon author Sara Hess indicated to Variety that the e-book’s notorious “Blood and Cheese” plot line — a revenge scheme in opposition to Alicent (Olivia Cooke) for the dying of Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys (Elliot Grihault) — would play out on display. “We’re at the moment writing the finale of Season 2,” Hess mentioned. “I don’t assume you can be upset.”
Cregan Stark and Daeron Targaryen would possibly pop up, too
Within the season finale, Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) sends her son Jacaerys (Harry Collett) away on dragon again to ask Cregan Stark, head of Home Stark and Lord of Winterfell, to affix her aspect within the battle to come back. “We’ll forged Cregan Stark in some unspecified time in the future, however no remark in any other case,” Condal instructed Selection.
The showrunner was additionally cagey about whether or not and once we’ll see Daeron Targaryen, Alicent’s fourth little one. “He does exist,” Condal mentioned. “No worries, all people. … It’s not our modern-day, the place should you had a 6-year-old, you’d FaceTime them every single day and see how they’re doing and write letters. He’s there. That’s the very fact. When he’s related to be talked about — and he shall be — he shall be talked about.”
5 new dragons will fritter away the display
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 probably gained’t be the final season
With rankings for Home of the Dragon comparable to they’re, HBO can be extra silly than Vaemond Velaryon to not renew the present for Season 3. And that’s an excellent factor, contemplating Martin says there’s rather more story to cowl. “It will 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.