All the House of the Dragon season 2 news we’ve heard so far

Much like with Game of Thrones, the end of House of the Dragon season 1 has been met with a common refrain: When is season 2? Thankfully, HBO has been a bit more transparent with plans for House of the Dragon season 2 — starting by confirming that there definitely will be one. This is not quite a “You know nothing, Jon Snow” situation.

Here’s the latest news, release info, and plot details on House of the Dragon season 2. Expect updates, cast shake-ups, and boasting about dragons. And maybe George R.R. Martin with a few words of hype. (But if you’re looking for updates on when The Winds of Winter will be out, godspeed. Remember, only 500 pages to go.)

When will House of the Dragon season 2 premiere on HBO?

House of the Dragon received a second-season greenlight way back in August 2022, after its first episode. Twenty million viewers of the premiere across all platforms was enough to prove that Game of Thrones fever hadn’t diminished since the 2019 finale of the flagship series. But HBO is known for taking its time between the first and second seasons of some of its biggest shows. So it’s no surprise that getting a release date took a while. Thankfully, HBO has revealed that House of the Dragon season 2 will be released on June 17.

Will House of the Dragon season 2 be impacted by the writer’s strike?

It was not impacted, according to Martin himself. Martin wrote on his not-a-blog website that he supports the strikes and that the writer’s room of the upcoming Game of Thrones-spinoff A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is on hiatus until the strike is over. However, scripts for season 2 of House of the Dragon have already been complete for some time, so production on the series will commence as planned.

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

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While HBO has yet to confirm the actor lineup for season 2, George R.R. Martin’s source material suggests that future seasons won’t be taking the kind of leaps in time that defined season 1. So expect Matt Smith as Daemon, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra, Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Rhaenys, Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon II, and Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen to all be back and ready to clash.

As for new characters, Martin has already confirmed one: Daeron Targaryen, Viserys and Alicent’s fourth child, who was apparently down in Oldtown throughout season 1 and “we just did not have the time to work him in this season,” Martin said in a blog from early October.

Who isn’t back?

Besides the cast members who aged out or died over the course of season 1, the major absences going into House of the Dragon season 2 is actually behind the camera: Miguel Sapochnik, the Thrones mainstay director who stepped up to co-run House of the Dragon with writer Ryan Condal, announced in late August that he would not return for season 2. Instead, another Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, has stepped in to take on the role of producer-director of season 2.

What will happen in House of the Dragon season 2?

Readers of Martin’s fictional-history book Fire & Blood know where things are going, but let’s just say we expect lots of green, lots of black, and lots of dragon war. As for specifics of season 2, the final episodes suggest the action will expand beyond the walls of King’s Landing back to familiar territory around Westeros. Showrunner Ryan Condal says the second season will feature five new dragons, which could hint at a specific Fire & Blood plot leading up to the Targaryen civil war.

Want a deeper dive? Beware of mild spoilers:

How many seasons will House of the Dragon run?

The key thing Martin has revealed in anticipation of the season 1 finale was just how long he, Condal, and HBO intended to keep the Targaryen history churning. In a blog, Martin specified that the current plan is four seasons total, with three more depicting the epic war that will shape the Westeros fans know from Game of Thrones (although it may also be an entirely different one). Martin confirmed that each season would receive 10 one-hour episodes.

And the other Game of Thrones spinoffs?

While we wait patiently for House of the Dragon to return we… also wait patiently for the handful of other Westeros adventures currently in development at HBO. What’s on the docket? There’s that Jon Snow series that Kit Harington is dying to make; and Ten Thousand Ships, a prequel set 1,000 years before Thrones that will tell the story of Princess Nymeria, the founder of Dorne.

One series that’s been officially announced is A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, an adaptation of Martin’s Dunk & Egg stories, which tell the tales of legendary knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg, aka Aegon V Targaryen. This series will take place more than 100 years before the events of the main Game of Thrones series and does not yet have a release date.

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