The fantasy drama House of the Dragon will have eight episodes in its upcoming second season, two fewer than in its debut. According to a report by the Hollywood trade publication Deadline, the decision is a part of a long-term strategy for the show, and network HBO is also reportedly considering a third season renewal for the prequel spin-off of Game of Thrones.
Eight episodes will make up season two, according to an HBO spokesperson who confirmed the information to the media. The spokesperson insisted that the plot was what caused the decrease in the number of episodes. The news is released as the second season’s UK filming is about to begin in anticipation of its anticipated premiere in the summer of 2024.
After House of the Dragon debuted on August 21, 2022, HBO quickly approved season two because it had “over 20 million viewers across linear, on demand and HBO Max platforms in the US, based on a combination of Nielsen data and first party data,” which was the largest audience for any new original series in the premium broadcaster’s history.
Based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the prequel House of the Dragon tells the story of House Targaryen 200 years before the events in Game of Thrones, which concluded its eight-season run in 2019.
When HBO announced the renewal of season two last summer, they did not specify the episode order, which is a fairly standard practise.
House of the Dragon features an ensemble cast of Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.
Miguel Sapochnik, a veteran of Game of Thrones, and Ryan Condal directed the first season of House of the Dragons. Condal will now be the only showrunner for the second season, and Sapochnik will continue to serve as an executive producer.
Alan Taylor, a different Game of Thrones veteran, will also work on the show’s second season as a director and executive producer.