A lot has happened in the first season of House of the Dragon, but the war for the Iron Throne is far from over and the second season is indeed on the way.
After the resounding success of this first Game of Thrones spin-off series, Warner Bros. Discovery was quick to greenlight another adaptation of the works of George RR Martin. However, before A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight has time to arrive, audiences will be treated to another season of House of the Dragon, which is currently in production.
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What else do we know about this return to Westeros? Well, we’re only getting started, but here’s all the key info we currently have on House of the Dragon Season 2 so far, but reader beware: Spoilers from the first series hide from here on out.
You have been warned!
House of the Dragon season 2 release date
There is currently no set date for the second season of House of the Dragon to air, but it could arrive on Sky Atlantic in late 2023 or early 2024.
After the first episode of the Game of Thrones spin-off proved to be a hit with audiences, a second series of episodes was only officially ordered five days later, but filming only started much later.
According to Deadline, production on the show’s new episodes officially began in early April, with the second season set to be two episodes shorter than the first outing. This means that the second season of House of the Dragon will consist of only eight episodes.
According to the same report, filming has begun at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios with the show’s executive producer, Ryan Condal, marking the moment by saying, “House of the Dragon is back. We are thrilled to be shooting again with members of our original family as well as new talent on both sides of the camera.
“All of your favorite characters will soon be conspiring at council tables, marching their armies and riding their dragons into battle.”
Filming is expected to continue in Cáceres, Spain.
House of the Dragon season 1 recap
The first season of House of the Dragon saw a slowly disintegrating King Viserys (Paddy Considine) do his best to keep his warring family together, all while his wayward daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and brother Daemon (Matt Smith) conspired to divide his house by the sly and incestuous plan.
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Meanwhile, tensions grew between Rhaenyra and her childhood friend and Queen of King Viserys, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and with whispered parties each trying to sway the situation in their favour, things quickly came to a head after the final death of Viserys.
The final moments of the show’s first series saw Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys and her young dragon chewed out of the sky by sadistic Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) and, whether intentionally or by accident, the repercussions are sure to be drastic.
“I think the way it’s going, it’s leading to civil war,” Graham McTavish aka Ser Harrold Westerling told Metro last year, teasing what the show’s future holds.
“Civil war is that great thing where countries indulge in when they have no one else to go to fight with, they seem to like to fight each other just to hold hands, and this is no different.
“They’ve had peace for a long, long time, and suddenly they’re literally destroying the kingdom from within and that’s what makes it so interesting, so I would expect more from that: more division, more sides.”
Time will tell what mayhem House of The Dragon Season 2 has up its sleeve.
The cast of the second season of House of the Dragon
Fans of the show’s first outing will be delighted to see many of their favorite characters return for round two. This includes Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen and D’Arcy’s Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, Cooke’s Queen Alicent Hightower, Eve Best’s Princess Rhaenys Targaryen and Rhys Iffans’ Ser Otto Hightower.
Also returning are Steve Toussaint’s Lord Corlys Velaryon, Fabien Frankel’s Ser Criston Cole, Mitchell’s Prince Aemond Targaryen, Tom Glynn-Carney’s King Aegon II Targaryen and Sonoya Mizuno’s Mysaria.
Additionally, series one regulars Bethany Antonia, Harry Collett, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, Phoebe Campbell and Matthew Needham have been confirmed to feature.
Meanwhile, the show welcomes newcomers Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong and Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull.
Due to the events of last season, King Viserys of Considine is not expected to appear during the eight episodes of the season, unless the creators have planned a sneaky flashback.
House of the Dragon S1 airs on Sky Atlantic and is streaming on NOW.
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