Expect to see more death and drama when season two of Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon finally hits screens. Thanks to HBO’s confirmation, we already knew that House of the Dragon would be returning for a second instalment, but a few new details have been shared by series writer and showrunner Ryan Condal himself. Condal told Variety that season two will begin filming next year and while he was pretty tight-lipped about the whole affair, given how things ended this season, we can anticipate the next season to be jam-packed with a ton of drama, revelations and shocking twists.
The first season of HBO’s hit series recently aired its season finale episode dubbed “The Black Queen,” which witnessed Rhaenys conveying to Rhaenyra that her father King Viserys is dead and Queen Alicent and Otto Hightower have placed Prince Aegon on the Iron Throne, depriving Rhaenyra of the throne. The last episode ended with the death of Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys “Luke” Velaryon, who was slain by his vindictive uncle, Aemond Targaryen.
But it seems like Rhaenyra isn’t done just yet. With House of the Dragon Season 2 going into filming in 2023, we are waiting with bated breath to see what next season holds in store for the characters and the overall story. When asked whether Season 2 will release next year, Condal responded by saying that remains “to be determined.”
For the uninitiated, House of the Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel and is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, concentrating on House Targaryen. HBO greenlighting House of the Dragon for another season doesn’t come as any surprise, following the grand success of the first season.
Season one debuted on HBO in August of this year and as per Nielsen, it established a record for the largest audience in HBO history for a new original series, amassing more than 20 million viewers across cable television, on-demand, and on HBO Max in the United States. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, of HBO Programming said, “We are beyond proud of what the entire HOUSE OF THE DRAGON team has accomplished with season one.” Orsi further added, “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 George, Ryan, and Miguel 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.”