When Will the Second Season of House of the Dragon Start Airing?

House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season, so you can thank any deities you believe in. Now that we’ve finished the first season, we can be assured that there will be at least another year’s worth of secrets, speculation, and “Oh my gosh, did that really happen?”.

With all the resources HBO is devoting to this show and the massive audience it has attracted (the opening episode had 10 million viewers, an HBO record), the renewal comes as no surprise.

An official statement from HBO was made by Francesca Orsi, the network’s executive vice president of programming:

“We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with season 1. 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 cocreator and executive producer George R. R. Martin and cocreator 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 2.”

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We’ve compiled all the information we have so far about Season 2, including cast members, potential narrative points, and any other spoilers.

When Will the Second Season of House of the Dragon Start Airing?

House of the Dragon Season 2 has not yet been given a premiere date. Set images, casting announcements, or any other leaks that might indicate filming of HotD Season 2 have yet to be made public.

It is “to be determined” whether or not season 2 will broadcast in 2023, however creator and executive producer Condal recently told Variety that filming will begin in early 2023. That said, it’s probably best to pencil in 2024 as a backup according to Cosmopolitan.

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Which Characters Will Return in Season 2?

Most of the actors from the first season of House of the Dragon are expected to return for the second. It appears that House of the Dragon has settled on its adult cast after numerous time jumps, so we can expect to see all of the characters who are still alive.

  • Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen
  • Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
  • Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower
  • Fabien Frankel as Criston Cole
  • Eve Best as Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Steve Toussain as Corlys Velaryon
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon II Targaryen
  • Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen
  • Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen
  • Harry Collett as Jacaerys Velaryon
  • Bethany Antonia as Baela Targaryen
  • Phoebe Campbell as Rhaena Targaryen
  • Graham McTavish as Harrold Westerling
  • Matthew Needham as Larys Strong

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What is Expected to Happen in Season 2?

The dwelling place of the dragon The first season of “Game of Thrones” told the story of the rule of House Targaryen during the time of Viserys I. The season highlighted how tensions over Viserys’ line of succession built up after he chose his daughter Rhaenyra to be queen, but later had a son with her childhood friend and Viserys’ new wife, Queen Alicent. Rhaenyra was Viserys’ new wife at the time.

The death of Viserys causes a rift in the people’s opinions over his succession, which ultimately results in Aegon II, Viserys’s son, being placed on the throne.

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This causes Princess Rhaenyra and those who support her to become dissatisfied, which ultimately results in a civil war in the Targaryen kingdom that is referred to as “The Dance of the Dragons.”

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the battle with the Dance of Dragons will be the primary focus of House of the Dragon Season 2 — or at the very least, the first half of this conflict. The Dance of the Dragons is a gory and sad affair, and without giving away any spoilers, I can say with absolute certainty that it will make for one of the finest sophomore seasons of any drama on television.

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What Changes Can We Expect in Season 2?

While the majority of season 1’s cast has returned for season 2, co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik will not be returning. Season 1 of House of the Dragon had three episodes directed by Sapochnik, who also directed several episodes of Game of Thrones, including “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.”

These episodes were “The Heirs of the Dragon,” “The Princess and the Queen,” and “Driftmark.” But while Sapochnik has left House of the Dragon, his co-showrunner Ryan Condal will remain. Alan Taylor, who directed “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood” in Season 1 and has worked on every season of Game of Thrones since, will serve as executive producer and director for many episodes.

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House of the Dragon Season 2: Trailer

The trailer for season 2 is not released yet. Here is the trailer of season 1 below:

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