House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season on HBO, which comes as no surprise following the show’s record-breaking premiere on Aug. 21.
Given its predecessor, Game of Thrones, dominated TV for eight seasons, this could possibly be the start of one other years-long reign for the fantasy franchise based on George R. R. Martin’s books. (The creator can be an executive producer on the series while Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are co-showrunners.)
“We’re beyond pleased with what all the House of the Dragon team has completed with season one,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice chairman of HBO programming, said in an announcement. “Our phenomenal forged and crew undertook a large challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV. An enormous thanks to George, Ryan, and Miguel for leading us on this journey. We couldn’t be more excited to proceed bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two.”
While the premise for the following season stays unconfirmed, we will expect a dive deeper into the history of House Targaryen, similar to the show’s source material, Martin’s Fire & Blood. Season 1 is slated to cover the civil war called the Dance of Dragons and the events leading as much as it, however the family’s fraught history definitely doesn’t end there.
The official season 2 forged hasn’t been announced yet, however the season 1 forged features Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional forged includes Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn.
It’s unclear if everyone’s characters will survive to see season 2. That is the Game of Thrones world in spite of everything. Nobody is secure.
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