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‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 to Premiere in June

The much-anticipated second season of House of the Dragon is set to make its debut on HBO this coming June. The announcement was made by J.B. Perrette, Warner Bros. Discovery’s head of streaming and gaming, during a conversation at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom conference. Although a specific premiere date for the season was not disclosed, this update provides the most detailed timeframe yet, following previous hints from HBO’s Casey Bloys about an “early summer” release and Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s mention of a “next quarter” launch during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on February 23.

'House of the Dragon' Season 2 to Premiere in June

House of the Dragon which draws its narrative from George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” book “Fire & Blood,” chronicles the saga of the Targaryen dynasty on the fictional continent of Westeros, set nearly two centuries before the “Game of Thrones” series and roughly a century after the Targaryens unified the Seven Kingdoms.

The ensemble cast returning for the second season includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans, Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham. New additions to the cast feature Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, and Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong.

Following its premiere on August 21, 2022, the first season of House of the Dragon spanned 10 episodes, concluding on October 23, 2022. The series was renewed for a second season shortly after its debut, which achieved record-breaking viewership numbers for HBO. Production for Season 2 commenced on April 11, 2023, at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios and proceeded smoothly without interruptions from the Writers Guild of America strike or the SAG-AFTRA strike, thanks to the completion of scripts before the start of filming.

What will happen in ‘House of Dragon’ Season 2?

In the upcoming season 2 of House of the Dragon, the narrative intensifies following a series of events that escalate tensions to the brink of war. Emma D’Arcy’s character, Rhaenyra, has been striving to prevent a conflict with Alicent (portrayed by Olivia Cooke), her stepmother and former close friend. However, the tragic death of her son, Lucerys (played by Elliot Grihault), at the hands of Aemond’s dragon, Vhagar, marks a pivotal and irreversible moment, setting the stage for the inevitable war.

The season promises an abundance of death and devastation, drawing a parallel to dragons being the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, a comparison made by Paddy Considine’s character. With each faction possessing a formidable dragon arsenal, capable of annihilating cities and military strongholds alike — as witnessed in the “Game of Thrones” series finale — the stakes are exceptionally high. Rhaenyra plans to isolate King’s Landing by sea using the Velaryon fleet while aiming to dominate the air, a strategy fraught with challenges given the enemy’s capacity for equal devastation.

Furthermore, Rhaenyra’s efforts to rally support from the Houses Tully, Baratheon, and Stark are crucial for her cause. “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts will recognize the Starks of Winterfell, including Eddard and his children. While the series has previously explored locations like Storm’s End — the site of Lucerys’ fatal encounter — the narrative is expected to broaden beyond the familiar settings of the Red Keep, Dragonstone, and Driftmark, suggesting a more expansive scope of action in the upcoming season.

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