‘The House of the Dragon’: release date, who returns and who does not, the beginning of the Dance of Dragons and everything we know about season 2

We just fired the first season, but HBO confirmed the production of a second installment after the enormous success in its premiere.

The first season of the house of the dragon has come to an end after ten intense weeks full of exciting plots, palace intrigues, dragons and liters of spilled blood that they have made the first ‘spin-off’ of Game of Thrones One of the best series of the year.

The expectations regarding the new series set in the fantasy universe of George RR Martin were through the roof but, at the same time, the fiction started with the handicap of a certain suspicion among a very important part of the fans of the original series, those still disappointed with the commented outcome of Game of Thrones. Week after week, however, the house of the dragon has managed to remind us of the best times of that unforgettable fiction -which in reality were all except its final stretch- and, thanks to Rhaenyra, Alicent and Daemon, we have fallen in love with Westeros again.

the house of the dragon It is already one of the star series of 2022 and, after the debut of the final episode of its first season, it seems certain that we will continue talking about it for the next few weeks. Under the title ‘The Black Queen’ (1×10)the chapter that has put the finishing touch to this more introductory stage has been fired in style, yes, but it has also paved the way for a second season already guaranteed by HBO.

Take note below everything we know about season 2 of the house of the dragon.

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

season 2 of the house of the dragon It is a reality since just five days after its debut on HBO, the prestigious chain decided to quickly renew it. The reception of the first episode had been spectacular, so, although surely the decision had been made some time ago as part of the great plans that the team and the chain have in mind for the series, there was no reason to delay it any longer.

We already know (more or less) when season 2 of ‘The House of the Dragon’ will be released. The answer is that later than we thought

HBO has already spoken and has set 2024 as the year the new episodes will be released. It was already intuited, but the confirmation is now official. The question now is to know in what month of next year. If they wanted to enter the 2024 Emmy Awards they would have to premiere before May 31, but it seems almost certain that the plans are for the second half of the year.

Pre-production has already started, but filming for the season 2 episodes is not underway yet and may take a few months.


Who returns and who doesn’t in season 2 of ‘The House of the Dragon’?

After the shocking episode that has put the finishing touch to season 1, we can count on the return of the main protagonists, although, clearly, the absence of one of Rhaenyra’s children will be noted: Lucerys Velaryonplayed by Elliot Grihault, who died in the last episode as a result of a confrontation with his uncle Aemond Targaryen in Storm’s End.

Unless otherwise announced we can count on the actors to remain: Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen), OIivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen), Rhys Ifans (Otto Hightower), Eve Best ( Rhaenys Targaryen), Steve Toussaint (Corlys Velaryon), Fabien Frankel (Ser Criston Cole), Tom Glynn-Carney (Aegon II Targaryen), Phia Saban (Helaena Targaryen), Ewan Mitchell (Aemond Targaryen) and Harry Collett (Jacaerys Velaryon), among others.

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Likewise, we can also count on the certainty that there will be new signings. On the one hand, we may meet those charged with playing the younger versions of Rhaenyra’s most recent children, and the house of the dragon He will also have to introduce us, at a minimum, to the characters from the houses related to Rhaenyra that Jacaerys has gone to visit in the final episode: Jeyne Arryn and Cregan Stark.

New time jumps in the second season?

Time jumps have been key in the first season of the house of the dragon and, while some were a little disappointed with the change of performers in the main characters of Alicent and Rhaenyra, it was important that they happen. In this way, the series has managed to present us with the basis of what is to come in a single season and get everything ready for the start of the Dance with Dragons.

We don’t know for sure, but it looks like the second season is going to slow down now that the war has just started. However, we must not rule out new jumps, perhaps shorter ones, and new changes of actors or introductions to the younger characters.

What plots will Season 2 of ‘The House of the Dragon’ address?

After the outcome of the first season there is no doubt: the civil war has begun and precisely the first steps of the Dance of Dragons will be what season 2 covers.

Despite having considered giving up his inheritance rights and letting Aegon II rule and thus maintain peace, the death of his son Lucerys has been the definitive trigger. In the new episodes, the consequences of what happened will continue to be explored and, as already happened in the tenth chapter, the two opposing Targaryen factions will be very focused on maintaining the loyalty of their kindred houses and gaining new loyalties.

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Also, screenwriter Sara Hess has promised that season 2 will delve deeper into Rhaenyra and Daemon’s relationship and that viewers will be able to see “a different side of him” in the new episodes.


Changes behind the scenes

As announced a couple of months ago, coinciding with the first weeks of the series, the ‘showunner’ Miguel Sapochnik, also the director of various episodes and a great veteran of Game of Throneswill not continue to maintain their functions in the series,

Thus, it will be his partner Ryan Condal who will remain in command as ‘showrunner’, while Sapochnik will continue only as executive producer. However, the hole left by Sapochnik in directing will be filled by another veteran of the original series: Alan Taylor, director of several key episodes of Game of Thrones.

More plans for the future: Five seasons?

The only official one to date is the second season, but the goal is to tell the full story, of course. The good thing is that, this time, everything is written and there will be no advances of any kind nor will you have to explore unknown territory not explored by George RR Martin.

Of course, the author has said that he believes that it will take four full seasons of 10 episodes to tell the story presented in the books on which the series is based, fire and blood.

At the moment no more details are known, but there will be many more as the production of the new episodes begins. The wait begins!

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