The next chapter of the war for the Iron Throne is being written with Season 2 of HBO’s House of the Dragon beginning production.
HBO announced that many of the cast, which include Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Morbius), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One, Bates Motel), and Emma D’arcy (Truth Seekers, Wanderlust), are returning to reprise their roles for the second instalment to the acclaimed Game of Thrones prequel.
Expressing his excitement for the show’s return, co-creator Ryan Condal (Rampage, Hercules) said, “House of the Dragon has returned. We are thrilled to be shooting again with members of our original family as well as new talents on both sides of the camera. All your favourite characters will soon be conspiring at the council tables, marching with their armies, and riding their dragons into battle. We can’t wait to share what we have in store.”
Fans of Milly Alcock (The School, Reckoning) and Emily Carey (Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider), the latter of whom portrayed young Rhaenyra and Alicent in the first half of Season 1, will be disappointed to know that the actresses won’t be starring in the sequel. This was confirmed by Condal in an interview with Variety last fall.
Condal had previously said that his writing team has broken much of Season 2, and the younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent “are not a part of the story that we’re telling, yet.” “That’s not a thing that we’re doing right now,” he added.
House of the Dragon Season 2 doesn’t have an official release date. However, HBO CEO Casey Bloys did say that a 2024 premiere after the eligibility for the Emmys would be “a good guess”, which means the series will likely air after 31 May next year.