HBO’s House of the Dragon, which blasted onto small screens last fall and was met with both critical and audience acclaim, has begun filming its second season, according to series co-creator Ryan Condal. When making this announcement, Condal 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 favorite characters will soon be conspiring at the council tables, marching with their armies, and riding their dragons into battle.”
After a relatively brief — at least when compared to other modern productions — pre-production phase, the studio has pressed forward with season 2. As a result of this announcement, industry experts are predicting a release date of early-to-mid 2024, lining up with the theorized 2-year break between seasons. Season 2, which will be two episodes shorter than season 1, is set for a full cast with all expected cast members returning, plus the inclusion of several newcomers. The first season of House of the Dragon did the impossible. It reinvested much of the disenfranchised Game of Thrones audience back into the world of Westeros following the disastrous final seasons of Game of Thrones.
Can season 2 maintain its predecessor’s impossibly precarious success, or will it stumble and fall, devolving into mediocrity or even becoming a Rings of Power level atrocity? Only time will tell.