House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season on HBO, which comes as no surprise after the show’s record-breaking premiere in August. 21.
Considering its predecessor, Game of Thrones, which dominated television for eight seasons, this could be the beginning of another year-long reign for the fantasy series based on George RR Martin’s books. (The author is also an executive producer on the series, while Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are co-showrunners.)
“We are more than proud of it all House of the Dragon The team has accomplished with Season 1,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO programming, in a statement. “Our phenomenal cast and crew took on a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see TV. A big thank you to George, Ryan and Miguel for leading us on this journey . We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing the epic saga of House Targaryen to life with season two.”
While the premise of the next season remains unconfirmed, we can expect a deeper dive into the history of House Targaryen, as well as the show’s source material, Martin’s Fire & Blood. Season 1 will cover the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons and the events leading up to it, but the family’s fraught history certainly doesn’t end there.
The official Season 2 cast has not been announced yet, but the Season 1 cast features Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno and Rhys Ifans. Additional cast 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. This is Game of Thrones the world after all. No one is safe.
This story will be updated.
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