George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal’s House of the Dragon is an anticipated American fantasy drama television series for HBO. It is a precursor to the television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019) and is based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood. The series is set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the beginning of House Targaryen’s demise as well as the events leading up to the Targaryen civil war, known as the “Dance of the Dragons.” House of the Dragon was ordered straight to series in October 2019, with casting set in July 2020 and principal photography set to begin in April 2021 in the United Kingdom. The first season of the series is set to launch in 2022 and will consist of ten episodes.
House of the Dragon Season 2 Plot:
“The Targaryen dynasty is at the pinnacle of its strength in the prequel series, with more than 15 dragons under its control. Most empires—real and imagined—crumble from such heights. The Targaryens’ long decline begins about 193 years before the events of Game of Thrones when King Viserys Targaryen defies a century of tradition by designating his daughter Rhaenyra as heir to the Iron Throne. Rhaenyra keeps her status as Viserys’ heir when he has a son, and the royal court is surprised. Therefore the seeds of conflict are sown throughout.”
House of the Dragon Season 2 Cast and characters:
- Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen: The King of the Seven Kingdoms. Known as “a warm, kind and decent man,” Viserys was chosen by a council of lords to succeed Jaehaerys Targaryen as king.
- Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Viserys’s firstborn child. She is a dragonrider who expects to become the Seven Kingdoms’ first ruling queen.
- Milly Alcock portrays young Rhaenyra Targaryen.
- Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower: the daughter of Otto Hightower, raised in the Red Keep and part of the king’s inner circle. Known as the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms.
- Emily Carey portrays young Alicent Hightower.
- Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen: A peerless warrior and dragonrider, Rhaenyra’s uncle, and Viserys’s younger brother.
- Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower: Alicent’s father, the Hand of the King, who serves Viserys and the realm. He is a political rival of Prince Daemon.
- Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon: Known as the “Sea Snake”, he is the lord of House Velaryon and the most famous seafarer in Westerosi history.
- Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon: A dragonrider and wife of Lord Corlys. Known as the “Queen Who Never Was,” she was once a candidate to succeed Old King Jaehaerys as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, but was passed over in favor of her cousin Viserys.
- Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria: A foreign-born dancing girl who rose to become Daemon’s most trusted ally.
- Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole: A skilled swordsman of Dornish descent, he is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.
- Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling: A member of the Kingsguard who has served since King Jaehaerys, he was once a powerful knight. He is tasked with watching over and protecting Princess Rhaenyra.
- Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin Strong: The eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal. Known as “Breakbones”, he is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms.
- Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister/Ser Tyland Lannister: Jason is the Lord of Casterly Rock, and his identical twin Tyland is a cunning politician.
- David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos: A trusted advisor to King Viserys.
- Matthew Needham as Larys Strong: The younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong.
- Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury: Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys’s small council.
- Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong: Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.
What book is House of the Dragon Season 2 based on?
George R.R. Martin’s 700-page novel Fire & Blood, published in 2018, chronicles seven generations of Targaryens, culminating in the Dance of the Dragons. These are the chapters on which this series will be based; however, they may, of course, make references to past events. According to Entertainment Weekly, “it all begins with a succession dispute like many real-world battles did.” So, is anyone up for some 700-page summer reading?
When Is the House of the Dragon Season 2 Release Date?
HBO says in the teaser trailer that the show’s ten episodes will premiere in 2022. Given that filming barely began in the spring of this year, it’s safe to assume that the show will premiere in the second half of 2022 at the latest. Additionally, the show is susceptible to pandemic production difficulties—production was already halted in the UK due to a positive Covid-19 test among the crew—so a solid launch is unlikely to be announced very soon.
Where Can We See House of the Dragon Season 2 ?
You can watch House of the Dragon Season 2 on HBO.
How many seasons will House of the Dragons last?
A lot is going on in the Dance of the Dragons, and it isn’t easy to know where to begin. HBO could spend an entire season setting up the great fight with characters like Rhaenyra, Alicent, and Daemon before the war even starts. Rhaenyra, Alicent, Daemon, and others acquire a lot of history, and HBO might spend a long time building up to the great clash, perhaps even a season. Similarly, even after the significant action has died down, subsequent events will be just as significant in the realm’s history. This story has a long tail that would feel rushed if it were compressed into a single finale.
However, there isn’t nearly as much here as there is in A Song of Ice and Fire, and we don’t see a series based on the Dance lasting eight seasons, as Game of Thrones did. A story even half as long feels bloated, even though the characters and plot are numerous and exciting enough to make it work.
What’s Going On with the Other Game of Thrones Spin-Offs?
HBO went all-in on a number of spin-offs following the conclusion of Game of Thrones. In late 2019, an untitled prequel starring Naomi Watts was shelved in development, while various other spin-offs surfaced, including 9 Voyages, alias Sea Snake, Flea Bottom, 10,000 Ships, and three prospective animated series at HBOMax. None of these series, however, have been given official production order.
New details concerning these spin-offs have come to light via The Hollywood Reporter. One of the animation series will take place in a landscape we never saw during the original television series: the Golden Empire of Yi Ti, better known as simply Yi Ti. Located on the continent of Essos, near the south-eastern boundaries of the known world, Yi Ti is regarded as one of the oldest and most evolved realms in Martin’s fictional sandbox. Inspired by imperial China, the province had only a brief reference in the television show when Lord Varys famously sailed to Yi Ti.
Meanwhile, Flea Bottom has been killed. The series, set in the historic King’s Landing slum, will not continue; insiders claim it was the most fledgling of the HBO spin-offs circulating. A rough story structure has already emerged for 10,000 Ships, which will follow the warrior queen Nymeria, a beloved ancestor of House Martell who built the kingdom of Dorne (and named Arya’s direwolf after her). 9 Voyages, from Rome creator Bruno Heller, will follow Velaryon from House of the Dragon.
Game of Thrones hive, we have a lot to look forward to. Watch this space for updates as we continue to discover more.