“House of the Dragon” Season 2 Coming to HBO in 2024
Production for House of the Dragon season 2 is just beginning, and HBO and HBO Max content CEO Casey Bloys has confirmed with Variety that viewers can expect to return to Westeros in 2024.
Bloys told Variety that the popular Game of Thrones spinoff series will likely not be eligible for the 2024 Emmy season, and considering that eligibility ends on May 31, 2024, you can pencil in season two for the summer of 2024. When asked whether HBO will be exploring any other Game of Thornes spinoffs alongside House of the Dragon, Bloys said the primary focus is on making sure any series set in the fictional world of Westeros (or anywhere else, for that matter) is narratively tight. Any future Game of Thrones spinoffs will have to pass the rigorous internal process that House of the Dragon went through.
“My philosophy is a good script is number one priority,” Bloys told Variety. “I am not doing it based on wanting to have one a year, two a year. I want to do it based on the scripts that we’re excited about.”
There were a number of potential Game of Thrones spinoffs that HBO was exploring once the flagship series ended in May of 2019, but ultimately, House of the Dragon was the only one to make it to air. The series, co-created by Ryan Condal and George R. R. Martin, with season one shepherded by Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, explores the inner turmoil in House Targaryen some 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen (memorably played by Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones). It was a ratings hit, and a slow-burn, evocative look at how arguably the most powerful house in Westeros history ultimately flew their dragons too close to the sun, so to speak.
“Remember to get House of the Dragon following up from Game of Thrones, we developed a lot of shows, shot a pilot, developed a bunch of scripts and we got House of the Dragon,” Bloys said to Variety. “To do that again is going to take the same amount of effort. You have to develop a lot of things, try things. You never know what’s going to work. So we’re currently doing that. I’m not opposed to any number of shows. There’s probably a natural limit to how many fans want, but I’m open to any as long as we feel really good about the scripts and the prospects for a series. It takes a while to get one that hits the mark. I know George [R.R. Martin] feels the same way. You want to do one that everybody’s really proud of and excited about.”
Lots of fans will be excited about the return of House of the Dragon, but we’re betting they wish it would be arriving a little bit sooner.
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Featured image: “House of the Dragon.” Photograph by Courtesy HBO