Fire & Fury Return: “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Takes Flight in June

HBO’s going to send you back to Westeros this summer.

House of the Dragon season 2 will be premiering this June, a dragon egg-sized nugget revealed by Warner Bros. Discovery streaming and gaming chief J.B. Perrette during an interview on Monday.

The first season of House of the Dragon, the first Game of Thrones spinoff to make it to air, managed the tricky feat of giving GoT fans a heaping helping of the palace intrigue, dragon fire, and power-obsessed family squabbles that made the original show such a hit, yet was decidedly its own thing. With a bit of a tighter focus than its sprawling predecessor, Dragon focused on House Targaryen, a family with more than enough drama to fuel an entire series. Set 200 years before the events in GoTDragon dropped us into a united Seven Kingdoms, thanks to the dragon-lord Targyens, but peace is hardly the default setting in Westeros.

When we spoke to showrunner Ryan Condal, he teased how much more dragon-centric season 2 would be.

“We’ll definitely introduce more of them as we go along. I think that’s part of the fun of doing the show. They are characters, and in season two, they’re needed for their most famous purpose, which is to decimate and cause death and destruction.”

Condal also discussed how they worked on differentiating the dragons in House of the Dragon from the beasts fans got to know and love in Game of Thrones.

“In season one, the dragons were designed over the course of a year, where we did a lot of early concepting on basic things like how our dragons are different from what you saw in the original series and honoring what they did with Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion,” Condall said. “Then it was figuring out, during a time when there were many more dragons, was there just one breed? We came up with these three different genotypes of them, where they’re all the same species but have different breeds with different shapes, colors, and sizes.”

The returning cast for season 2 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. Dragon newcomers are 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.

For more on House of the Dragon, check out these stories:

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Emmy-Nominated “House of the Dragon” Cinematographer Catherine Goldschmidt on Lensing a Bloody Family Affair

“House of the Dragon” Showrunner Teases Five New Dragons For Season 2

“House of the Dragon” Co-Creator & Co-Showrunner Ryan Condal on Season One & Beyond

Featured image: Matt Smith in “House of the Dragon.” Photograph by Courtesy HBO


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