House of the Dragon Season 2: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

House of the Dragon had the most-watched premiere of all time on HBO, and Game of Thrones fans were not disappointed by its story. Throughout the entire series, we had our full dose of love, death, and betrayal as the Targaryens rode their dragons over Westeros. House of the Dragon may have been the most satisfying follow-up to Game of Thrones that we could have gotten. But since season 1 came to its dramatic conclusion, everyone is wondering when we’ll get season 2. The answer, unfortunately, is not for a while. Despite House of the Dragon’s popularity and chic, production may take a bit.

House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal likes to tease fans, and high demand for more Game of Thrones content assures that great effort will be made to produce the new season quickly. But despite all the hard work, it looks like we won’t be getting a new season of House of the Dragon for at least another year. Filming is set to begin in early 2023, and there will be no shortage of hands to help. But HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys said not to expect the series until sometime in ’24. But here’s everything else we know about House of the Dragon season two.

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House of the Dragon Season 2: The Plot

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Ryan Condal began writing the story for season 2, even as he was in the midst of post-production for season 1. The Game of Thrones spinoff series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood. Written as a historical novel, Fire & Blood tells an unreliable history of Westeros. It is written from the perspective of a series of maesters who all have their own reasons to bend the truth. Condal talked to Variety about the nature of his source material and how he intends to tell his story, stating:

“The thing that George is laughing at on the side is how anybody can read “Fire & Blood” and think that this is the one true official account of anything. It’s an expression of this story. There are things that happen in it that are very well documented and are real, and there are other things where there are huge gaps and we don’t know quite why this happened or who quite who this character was. Our story is trying to apply the whys, and the nuances to it.”

When asked about the character of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Condal hinted at the central conflict of season 2 that we saw set up at the very end of the first season:

“You see her weighing her decisions — weighing her responsibility that she took with the Song of Ice and Fire, the thing she promised her father, that she would hold the realm united and at peace as he tried to do. But at the same time, her birthright has been stolen. Those things are diametrically opposed to one another. “How do I serve both? I can’t. It’s paradox. What do I do?” She’s just not going to rush headlong into anything. You’re seeing what Viserys probably saw in her, that she’s capable of nuanced thought and the ability to think through problems. While all the men around the table, including Daemon, just want to immediately jump on dragons and go burn King’s Landing,”

We can all tell that a war is coming. One that will involve expanding the world of House of the Dragon just as Game of Thrones did in its later seasons. We’ll likely start to see alliances being formed with distant cities on the edges of the map, so there will probably be some new characters joining the cast.

House of the Dragon Season 2: The Cast and Crew

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Miguel Sapochnik, who was the co-showrunner for season 1 along with Ryan Condal, will not be returning to work on season 2, making Condal the lone showrunner for this season. And while he did talk about expanding the story, at the moment, most of the cast will remain the same. So you can expect to see all your favorite characters back for a second season unless, of course, your favorite character died.

Fans of the books do wonder if the spinoff will include characters like Cregan Stark and Daeron Targaryen in the coming season. In his interview with Variety, Condal seems to hint that both characters will appear. When asked if he has cast Cregan Stark yet, he says that he will “at some point” but refused to comment otherwise. He also said that Daeron Targaryen would come into the story “when he is relevant to be mentioned,” though he didn’t mention if either of these characters would be seen in the next season.

Otherwise, the core cast will remain the same: Matt Smith will return as Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra, Olivia Cooke will still play Queen Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans will remain Ser Otto Hightower, Eve Best will play Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Steve Toussaint will return as Corlys Velaryon, Fabien Frankel will play Ser Criston Cole, Sonoya Mizuno will return as Mysaria, Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling, and Matthew Needham will return as Larys Strong.

Release Date

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There is no current release date for season 2 of House of the Dragon. But filming will begin in early 2023. While showrunner Ryan Condal didn’t say either way if the show would be ready within the year, HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys said not to expect another season until 2024.