House of Dragon Season 2: The Key Cast Is Expected to Return?

HBO has renewed House of the Dragon for Season Two. The Game of Thrones prequel shattered records for the most-watched debut episode in HBO history. It’s set nearly 200 years before the events of the popular fantasy series. Several other spinoff shows are also currently in development, including a sequel to Thrones.

First Things First, When Is It Happening?

Excellent question. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the first season took 10 months to film, with additional months spent on VFX and other special effects. So the chances of them shooting and finishing another season by the end of next year appear slim. In a new interview with Variety, cocreator and executive producer Condal stated that they hope to begin filming the show in early 2023, with season 2 premiering in 2023 “to be determined.” So, just to be safe, plan for 2024.

When Will Season Two of House of the Dragon Premiere?

Season Two’s release date has not been announced, but it could air as early as late 2023. (or more likely, sometime in 2024). The first season of House of the Dragon took 10 months to film, not including the massive amount of post-production and visual effects that took months to finalise. “We’ve chosen a story that’s almost like Star Wars: Episode IV,” Sapochnik previously told EW about the overarching plot of House of the Dragon. “It’s called the New Hope. We have the option of going backwards or forwards. There are numerous opportunities there.”

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House of the Dragon Season 2 Plot: What Will Happen?

War! There are simply no other options. We’ve danced in the lead-up to the civil war, with House of the Dragon doing an excellent job of laying the groundwork with detailed backstories. But the time has come to take action. Until now, both Alicent and Rhaenyra have attempted to steer a peaceful course through the chaos Viserys’ deathbed words left in their wake. Lucerys’ death, on the other hand, is about to blow that all to pieces, as Rhaenyra will almost certainly seek immediate recompense for her son’s callous death. Given her history, Aemond is unlikely to believe Lucerys’ death was an accident.
If Aemond sought an eye for an eye, Rhaenyra might seek a son for a son and attempt not only on the throne but also on Aemond’s life. This will undoubtedly put additional, if not irreversible, strain on Alicent and Rhaenyra’s relationship, just as they were beginning to mend their frail bond. Baela and Rhaena’s roles will most likely be fleshed out as they become involved in the upcoming war. With the war efforts on track, we may see more from the Houses that Game of Thrones fans are familiar with.
Houses Tully, Arryn, Stark, Baratheon, and Lannister will have declared their allegiances, but it is unclear how they will play out. Schemers are constantly at work, and alliances shift with the drop of a betrothal. Of course, we could always go back to the original source material, George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood (along with his World of Ice and Fire companion volume), but that would be cheating. Furthermore, the show is already adapting and changing things to suit its own path, so things could turn out differently. There will undoubtedly be more twists in store for season two.

The Key Cast Is Expected to Return.

Although no cast members have been confirmed, Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen), and Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen), as well as Fabien Frankel (Criston Cole) and Eve Best (Arya Stark), are expected to return (Rhaenys Targaryen).

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We can also anticipate the return of the actors who play the next generation of Targaryens, including Tom Glynn-Carney (Aegon II Targaryen), Ewan Mitchell (Aemond Targaryen), and Phia Saban (Helena Targaryen). Elliott Grihault (Lucerys Velaryon), Baela Targaryen (Bethany Antonia), and Rhanea Targaryen (Phoebe Campbell) are also expected to return.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carney, who played the younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, are not expected to return. However, creator Ryan Condal did not rule out future appearances entirely. “I mean, look, I’m not sure,” he admitted. Rhaenyra and Alicent, who are younger, “are not yet a part of the story that we’re telling.” The key word here is “yet”—Condal leaves room for the future.

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What Will the Second Season Be About?

We finally know where we’re going with season 2 now that we’ve seen the season 1 finale. Because this show is based on a portion of a book, we know what the series will be about. [Spoilers for the season 1 finale follow.] The first major death of the war between the Green Council (Alicent and company) and the Black Council was seen in the first season finale (Rhaenyra and co). Condal teased a little of what to expect from the show’s sophomore season in the lead-up to the season 1 finale, and it’s going to be more war but also more laughs (somehow).

“We’ll get to the spectacle, but first you need to understand these people’s complexities before you throw them into war.” “Series 2 will hit the rhythms people came to expect from Game of Thrones’ middle run, but it will have been earned, and viewers will feel the tragedies because we put in the work,” he explained (per Deadline), also promising that more House of the Dragon humour is on the way as the show will find “natural pathways into moments of levity” next season, despite all the extra tragedies and bloodshed, apparently.

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