House of the Dragon renewed for season 2 at HBO!

Image: House of the Dragon/HBO
Image: House of the Dragon/HBO /

It’s official: House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season. After years of anticipation and speculation, HBO’s first Game of Thrones successor series has gotten off to a smashing start. As of this writing, the first episode of House of the Dragon has been viewed by more than 20 million households in the United States alone, making it the most successful original series premiere in HBO’s history. Renewal is the only option.

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, announced the good news in a press release: “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 [author George R.R. Martin and showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik] 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. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO
House of the Dragon. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO /

House of the Dragon will return for season 2, and it will be a bloody affair

While there were rumblings as far back as February that House of the Dragon had a “pretty good shot” at a season 2, it’s exciting to finally get the official word that it’s happening. We reported in May that scripts were being written for the show’s second season, and George R.R. Martin teased during his time in quarantine after San Diego Comic-Con that the creative team was already mulling over ideas. It’s good to hear those efforts aren’t in vain.

While this isn’t all that surprising considering how successful the premiere was, it’s still reassuring considering all the upheaval happening at Warner Bros. Discovery. It’s best not to count your dragon eggs before they hatch.

As for what we’ll see in House of the Dragon season 2, it’s hard to say. This first season covers the 28-year lead-up to a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, when rival factions of the Targaryen family tore the realm apart over who should sit the Iron Throne. It’s a safe assumption that if season 1 ends with everything in place for the war to begin, then season 2 will cover a sizable portion of the war itself. Expect more dragons, more battles, more backstabbing, and fewer time jumps!

House of the Dragon premieres new episodes on HBO and HBO Max Sundays at 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CST.

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