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Everything we know about ‘House of the Dragon’ season 2

Emma D'Arcy in HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra in “House of the Dragon” season two.

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  • HBO’s “House of the Dragon” was renewed for a second season shortly after its premiere.
  • The network released a first look at the new season in December. 
  • Here’s everything we know about the new season.  

Get ready, because the second season of “House of the Dragon” is less than a year away.

The “Game of Thrones” spinoff series is based on George R.R. Martin‘s book “Fire and Blood,” itself a history of the fictional Targaryen family that once ruled his fantasy land of Westeros. The show depicts the events of the Dance of the Dragons, the violent Targaryen civil war.

Like its predecessor, “House of the Dragon” was also a massive hit, and was renewed for a second season shortly after its premiere.

Here’s everything you need to know about the eagerly anticipated second season.

When will ‘House of the Dragon’ season 2 premiere?

“House of the Dragon” season two will arrive on HBO sometime in the summer of 2024, HBO CEO Casey Bloys said at a Warner Bros. Discovery event in November.

“House of the Dragon” was one of the few major series that was virtually unaffected by the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes this summer. Martin wrote on his blog in May that scripts for season 2 had been finalized long before the strike began, and that filming for the series had begun in April in London and Wales. Additionally, the actors on the show belong to the British actors’ union, not SAG-AFTRA.

The first trailer for ‘House of the Dragon’ season 2 was released in December

The first trailer for the second season was released on December 2 during the “House of the Dragon” panel at CCXP23 in São Paulo, Brazil. It teases more fighting, plenty of dragon-riding, and lots of fire.

You can check it out here:

Who’s in the cast of ‘House of the Dragon’ season 2?

Much of the show’s season one cast will return for the second season, including Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Matthew Needham, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans, and Phoebe Campbell, according to Entertainment Weekly. Per EW, Bethany Antonia, Ewan Mitchell, Fabien Frankel, Harry Collett, Jefferson Hall, Olivia Cooke, Phia Saban, Steve Toussaint, and Tom Glynn-Carney will also return.

Daemon (Smith) and adult Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy) in "House of the Dragon" season 2Daemon (Matt Smith) and Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) in “House of the Dragon” season 2.

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Some won’t reprise their characters in the new season: Milly Alcock, who played young Rhaenyra in season one, told Deadline in March 2023 that her time on the show was “done.” And given King Viserys I’s fate in season one, it’s unlikely that we’ll see more of Paddy Considine, barring flashbacks.

Several newcomers were announced earlier this year, per EW: Simon Russell Beale will play Ser Simon Strong, and Freddie Fox will play Ser Gwayne Hightower, Gayle Rankin will play Alys Rivers, and Abubakar Salim will play Alyn of Hull.

And the first trailer released in December revealed even more new actors joining the series this year. According to Deadline, Clinton Liberty plays Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna plays Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew plays Hugh, Tom Bennett plays Ulf, Tom Taylor plays Lord Cregan Stark, and Vincent Regan plays Ser Rickard Thorne.

Okay, so what about the dragons?

Aside from the dragons of season one, there are a few more dragons who could potentially appear in season two: Vermithor, Dreamfyre, Sunfyre, Tessarion, Moondancer, Tyraxes, and a smattering of wild dragons.

How many episodes will there be in season 2?

Olivia Cooke in HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2Olivia Cooke as Alicent in “House of the Dragon” season two.

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While season one of “House of the Dragon” had 10 episodes, season two will only have eight, Deadline reported in March.

According to Deadline, the original season two plan included 10 episodes. An HBO spokesperson told Deadline that the cut to eight episodes was for story-related reasons.

Who’s the showrunner for season 2 of ‘House of the Dragon?’

Ewan Mitchell in HBO's House of the Dragon Season 2Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen in “House of the Dragon” season two.

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On the heels of the series premiere, co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik announced he was leaving the show after the first season, though he would remain an executive producer and still has a first-look deal with HBO for new projects.

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers,” Sapochnik said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally.”

Co-creator Ryan Condal will now be the only showrunner on the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Alan Taylor, who previously worked on “Game of Thrones,” will serve as an executive producer and direct some episodes in season two of the show.

What’s the plot of season 2 of ‘House of the Dragon?’

As of season two, there won’t be any more big time jumps, Condal told Deadline. The first season had multiple time jumps to show the events that led to civil war in Westeros, and consequently recast Alicent and Rhaenyra in the second half of the season as a result.

It’s reasonable to assume that season two will continue to follow the Targaryen civil war, learning further into the violent conflict known as the Dance of the Dragons. Two teaser posters for season two showed that side, depicting Alicent Hightower (played as an adult by Olivia Cooke) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy as an adult) in dark lighting, surrounded by embers. Their posters bore the text “blood for blood” and “fire to fire.”

Glynn-Carney, who plays Aegon on the show, said at the Game of Thrones Fan Convention in December 2022 that he was anticipating his character having “a lot more meat to get his teeth stuck into and to cause more havoc,” EW reported.

D’Arcy told EW that their character, Rhaenyra, is ready to dig in as well.

“I don’t think there is any longer the bandwidths to suppress and repress her nature… I am excited to discover what happens when Rhaenyra does less navigating and more acting on her instincts and desires,” D’Arcy said. “For so many very legitimate reasons, she has her hands tied practically throughout season 1. I have a feeling that the rain might be off for season 2.”

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