It won’t be much of a wait before you dive right back into House Targaryen’s saga and the intricate world of Westeros as HBO’s second season of the Game of Thrones prequel TV series, House of the Dragon, is on schedule for a release sometime in 2024. Despite the ongoing Hollywood writers’ and SAG-AFTRA strikes causing waves in the entertainment industry, the development of HBO’s House of the Dragon season two seems to be cruising along unaffected.
As per the scoop from Variety, filming and production of the upcoming season two of the hit series has experienced minimal to no interruptions since the scripts for the second season were “done for some time”.
“The scripts for the eight s2 episodes were all finished months ago, long before the strike began, Every episode has gone through four or five drafts and numerous rounds of revisions, to address HBO notes, my notes, budget concerns, etc. There will be no further revisions,” writer and executive producer George R.R. Martin said in a blog post.
Moreover, even with the ongoing strike involving SAG-AFTRA-affiliated actors, the production of House of the Dragon season two remained unaffected. This is because the show operates under contract with Equity, the British labour association representing actors, rather than SAG-AFTRA. As a result, the majority of the cast members of House of the Dragon operate under Equity agreements rather than SAG-AFTRA, enabling them to continue filming and promoting the show without interruption.
Author George R.R. Martin took the time to update fans on how things are shaping up for the second season and in one of his blog posts, he spilled the beans, saying, “I am told the second season is half done. ALL of the scripts had been finished months before the WGA strike began. No writing has been done since, to the best of my knowledge.”
Martin further went on to add, “HOTD is shot mostly in London (and a little bit in Wales, Spain, and various other locations), which is why filming has continued. The actors are members of the British union, Equity, not SAG-AFTRA, and though Equity strongly supports their American cousins (they have a big rally planned to show that support), British law forbids them from staging a sympathy strike. If they walk, they have no protection against being fired for breach of contract, or even sued.”
Deadline reported that the upcoming season to of House of the Dragon is set to comprise eight fresh episodes, marking a departure from the inaugural season’s 10-episode format. The decision for an eight-episode second season was a deliberate step in the “long-term plan for the show,” which emerged as a result of showrunner Ryan Condal and author George R.R. Martin’s comprehensive evaluation of the series. While HBO still hasn’t presented us with a set-in-stone premiere date, HBO and HBO Max content CEO Casey Bloys told Variety that sometime in 2024 “is a good guess” for the critically acclaimed prequel series to return.
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