The story of House Targaryen is expanding further! Here is everything we know so far about
House of the Dragon Season 2.
Winter is coming once again, and so is the highly anticipated second season of the popular American fantasy drama television series ‘House of the Dragon,’ created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. It is a prequel to Game of Thrones and the second television series in the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise. This epic fantasy series has quickly become one of the most talked-about shows of recent times.
If you recall, the first season introduced us to the rivalry between the Targaryen siblings, with their battle for the Iron Throne serving as the show’s central conflict. With the shocking cliffhanger ending of the first season with the season’s final episode, “The Black Queen,” the fans were left wanting more and are now eagerly awaiting the next installment.
With new characters, new alliances, and new challenges, ‘House of the Dragon Season 2’ promises to be just as thrilling and captivating as the previous season.
So, if you’re curious to know about the much-anticipated release date of the upcoming season just like we are, then you’ve come to the right spot, as we at Web News Observer have listed all the crucial information for your convenience right here. Let’s get straight to the point: A few hours ago, it was officially confirmed that production has commenced on the second season of HBO’s original drama series House of the Dragon at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom.
To say the least, this is an exciting update for the fandom to get right now, as it clears up the air that the production is proceeding as per the predetermined schedule, which is likely to conclude in the next four to six months. This makes the speculated release date sometime around the summer of 2024, which will mark the perfect return of this beloved series after a year’s worth of waiting for the audience to catch up in case they haven’t been able to yet.
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House of the Dragon Season 2: What more can the fans expect in the new season?
The second season could pick up from the last moments of the first season which left the viewers with King Viserys’s passing and Prince Aegon’s ascension to the throne announced by Princess Rhaenys when she lands on Dragonstone; the shock of the news causes Rhaenyra to go into premature labor and give birth to a stillborn child while Daemon presses her to go to war.
Rhaenyra is crowned queen after Ser Erryk returns with Viserys’ throne. Ser Otto Hightower offers Rhaenyra King Aegon II’s generous terms in exchange for her submission. This includes the right to keep her title as a Royal Princess, the right for her sons to inherit Driftmark, and the right to keep Dragonstone. Daemon is incensed when Rhaenyra considers submitting in order to unite the realm against the northern threat predicted by Aegon the Conqueror’s dream.
Realizing that Viserys never told him about the dream when he was his heir, he becomes enraged and chokes Rhaenyra. Lord Corlys swears to support Rhaenyra’s “Black” side; Daemon intends to enlist additional dragon riders; and Vermithor, a huge dragon that has been hibernating in a cave, is awakened. To secure Houses Arryn, Stark, and Baratheon as allies, Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys are dispatched as envoys.
Lucerys learns Prince Aemond is present as she meets with Lord Borros Baratheon. A political partnership has been proposed to Borros by King Aegon II through the union of his daughter with Aemond. Rhaenyra, according to Borros, has made no offer. Aemond pursues Lucerys on Vhagar as he flees on his dragon, Arrax. The quarreling dragons challenge their riders; Arrax burns Vhagar; Vhagar then eats Lucerys and Arrax, stunning Aemond. Rhaenyra is shocked and furious after learning the news.
As of writing this, the cast members in the second season include Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham. Co-Creator/Executive Producer, George R.R. Martin; Co-Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer, Ryan Condal; Executive Producers Sara Hess, Alan Taylor, Melissa Bernstein, Kevin de la Noy, Loni Peristere, Vince Gerardis.
On the bright side, there can be some new additions, as Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, also hinted at the possibility, quoting, “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. A huge thank you to George, Ryan, and Miguel for leading us on this journey. We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two.”
— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) December 20, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 2 Episodes and Streaming Options
The upcoming season is pretty much expected to have about 10 episodes with runtimes ranging from 54 to 68 minutes, all of which will be released on a weekly basis, just like the prior season. We’d also like to emphasize that the exact titles and synopsis for these episodes have yet to be confirmed in order to avoid any early spoilers. The network will release those details when the episodes are scheduled to air. Until then, the fans should be patient and speculate on what else can happen in the show.
When released, House of the Dragon Season 2, along with the prior seasons, will be available to stream exclusively on HBO and HBO Max. The video quality and the number of screens you can use to stream on HBO and HBO Max simultaneously depend on the package you choose. International viewers can also watch the show by renting or purchasing it on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu, depending on their location and membership plans.
We would also like to highlight that the network has also not released any new promo for the upcoming season. In the meantime, check out the official trailer for the first season, which debuted to the largest audience for any new original series in HBO history. The first episode has now been seen by over 20 million viewers across linear, On Demand, and HBO Max platforms in the U.S., based on a combination of Nielsen data and first-party data.
Catch up with Web News Observer for more updates, and let us know in the comments if you’ll be streaming House of the Dragon Season 2 or not.