Is House of the Dragon returning for another season? Continue reading to find out more about House of the Dragon Season 2.
House of the Dragon is an American fantasy drama series, a prequel to Game of Thrones. It is the second show in the franchise where both series are based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin. House of the Dragon was created by Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are the showrunners. The reception and reviews received from the audience and critics made it easy for the network to continue the series for another season. The audience and critics loved its plot and character arcs since the premiere of the first two episodes of the 10-episode season of the show.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 83%, with an average rating of 7.3/10, based on 484 reviews. On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series has received a score of 68 out of 100 based on 42 critic reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Now, it seems that House of the Dragon Season 2 will be available much sooner than you might think. We have compiled all of the information for the forthcoming season.
Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the renewal status, along with the potential release date, plot, and cast, so you can get a head start on the next installment and be prepared before the series airs on the platform.
House of the Dragon Season 2 Renewal Status
The episodes received an estimated 9.99 million views in the U.S. on its first night of availability, including both linear viewers and streams on HBO Max, according to a report from HBO the day after the series premiere. This, according to HBO, was the highest single-day viewership for a series debut in the service’s history. Four days later, the network declared that the second season had been renewed, noting that the pilot episode had already attracted over 20 million people across linear, streaming, and on-demand in the US.
These claims of total viewers haven’t been independently validated by a third party, such as Nielsen, which only keeps track of viewers for HBO’s linear channel. Some customers, especially those using Amazon Fire TV devices, experienced HBO Max crashes during the show’s launch due to the size of the audience. The official Twitter handle of HBO Max also shared the renewal status, quoting, “Fire reigns. #HouseoftheDragon has been renewed for Season 2.” Take a look at the official post below:
— HBO Max (@hbomax) August 26, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 2 Release Date
It is speculated that the upcoming season won’t be available to stream this year. If we have to guess, the series is expected to premiere sometime around late 2023 to 2024. The show is heavy on VFX, along with the great set, costumes, etc., which play an important part in the show’s glory and will take some time to complete to the same standard as its predecessor franchise.
We’d like to emphasize that this is only a prediction at this moment; the actual release date will be announced by the HBO network as soon as the production is completed on time. Moreover, the first season is still airing on the network with the rest of the 8 episodes. Hence, we suggest fans be patient for some time as these announcements take their time to be published and are made in a scheduled manner by the streaming platforms.
House of the Dragon Cast and Crew
House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Doctor Who), Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans. Additional cast members include Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn. See the cast and characters here.
Martin and Ryan Condal serve as co-creators of the series. Miguel Sapochnik and Condal are showrunners, and the pair also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, and Ron Schmidt. Clare Kilner and Geeta Vasant Patel also direct the series. Greg Yaitanes is the director and co-executive producer. Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi scored the series.
House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 1: A Quick Recap
The episode is titled, The Heirs of the Dragon, released on August 21, 2022. The episode was viewed by 2.17 million US viewers. The episode is directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by Ryan Condal. In the first episode, the viewers got to see that, with both his sons dead and the succession undecided, King Jaehaerys Targaryen convenes a Great Council so the lords of Westeros may select their future ruler. Jaehaerys’s eldest grandson, Prince Viserys, is chosen over his eldest grandchild, Princess Rhaenys. Nine years into his reign, Viserys organizes a tournament to celebrate the pregnancy of his wife, Queen Aemma, who he is certain will give birth to a male heir.
Master of Ships Corlys Velaryon fails to convince the Small Council to take arms against The Triarchy, an alliance threatening to cripple Westerosi shipping lanes, while Hand of the King Ser Otto Hightower goes up against Viserys’s younger brother and heir, Prince Daemon. Aemma gives birth and dies, and her son dies soon after. Until he discovers that Daemon toasted his deceased son at a brothel, calling him “The Heir for a Day,” Viserys refuses to listen to the Small Council’s requests to anoint a new heir presumptive. He declares Princess Rhaenyra, his sole living child, to be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, displacing his brother from the line of succession.
House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 2: A Quick Recap
The episode is titled, The Rogue Prince, released on August 28, 2022. The episode was viewed by 2.17 million US viewers. The episode is directed by Greg Yaitanes and written by Ryan Condall. In the second episode, the viewers got to see that, Six months after Prince-Admiral Craghas Drahar is designated as Rhaenyra’s heir, Daemon takes control of Dragonstone while Prince-Admiral Craghas Drahar terrorizes the Stepstones at the Triarchy’s command. Rhaenyra’s position as heir would be in jeopardy should King Viserys remarry as the Small Council seeks to find a suitable spouse for his remarriage in order to continue his royal line.
Lord Corlys Velaryon tells his own daughter Laena to wed King Viserys, as Alicent Hightower keeps consoling him at her father’s urging. In an effort to persuade Viserys to visit Dragonstone, Daemon steals a dragon egg, but Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, offers to come in its place. Rhaenyra arrives at Dragonstone on Syrax to get the egg as bloodshed gets perilously close. Her disobedience enrages the king, who has a heart-to-heart conversation with his daughter regarding Queen Aemma and the subject of his remarriage. Finally, Viserys declares his intention to marry Alicent, which infuriates Rhaenyra and Corlys. Corlys then seeks an alliance with Daemon.
Where can you stream House of the Dragon?
When released, House of the Dragon Season 2, along with Season 1, will be available to stream exclusively on HBO Max with an exclusive membership account. To view the different genres of shows offered on the platform, users must purchase a membership based on their preferences. So, we recommend that you renew your accounts and begin streaming the series to recollect the events from the prior seasons before you tune in to watch House of the Dragon Season 2.
House of the Dragon Official Trailer
The official trailer of the series was released on the HBO Max youtube channel with a tagline stating, “All the dragon’s roar as one. The #HouseoftheDragon trailer has arrived. House of the Dragon premieres August 21 on HBO Max.” Take a look at the official trailer below:
Catch up on the previous episodes while you wait for more House of the Dragon Season 2 updates.