House Of The Dragon Season Two: Filming, Premiere, Casting, And Other Spin-Offs (SPOILERS)
This review brings the latest news to fans of the Seven Kingdoms and A Song of Ice and Fire. These last few days have been jam-packed with everything related to the Game of Thrones universe. For this reason, we present the newest information about casting, filming, and the second season of this series. House of the Dragon season two is officially in production, so stay tuned, and remember, there are SPOILERS ahead!
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House of the Dragon Season 2: Everything You Need to Know
The HBO series, House of the Dragon, began filming its second season on April 11th this year. The announcement was broadcast on social media through the official House of the Dragon account. You could see the iron throne and the cameras for their first shots.
— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) April 11, 2023
But things do not stop there, as HBO gave the green light to the third season of this series. They also announced that this second season will not have ten episodes, like the first one, but eight.
We learned through an interview offered by Ewan Mitchel on Facebook that the shooting would take eight months. So, the show will shoot until mid-December this year, as long as there are no delays. The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the first season, beginning in 2021 and ending production in February 2022.
Likewise, as confirmed by local media, the production will repeat in two locations during the first season. These are the city of Cáceres, as well as the town of Trujillo, in Spain. During the last two weeks of May, the production should travel for filming.
The second season of House of the Dragon will premiere in the second half of 2024. Fans can rest assured that they will see dragons flying over the seven kingdoms again.
New Dragons in House of The Dragon Season 2
This fantasy series which airs on HBO, is full of adventure. And as we all know, dragons are always present. These are very important, as each Targaryen has a dragon. The known dragons are:
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According to showrunner Ryan Condal, the dragons that may appear in this second season are:
- Silverwing, which is the dragon of the late Queen Lizan.
- The wild dragons: Sheepstealer and the Cannibal, have not had a rider.
- Stormcloud, who is Young Aegon’s mount.
New Cast Members
At the end of the first season, some characters ended up safe. These will be back for House of the Dragon season 2. Some of them are Emma D’Arey, who played Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen; Matt Smith, who was Prince Daemon Targaryen; and Olivia Cooke, who played Alicent Hightower. In addition, we will have back Eve Best as Rhaenys Targaryen and Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole.
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As for the new cast members, thanks to redanianintelligence.com, masters of the whispers, we have had access to information about some of them.
The new cast members could be:
- Emily Beckham, who could play Alys Ríos.
- The casting team are looking for twins between 3 and 4 years old, perhaps to play the roles of the children of Aegon and Helaena.
- New characters like Blood and Cheese, aka Boris and Charlie, with the initials B and C, are under a concrete casting. Samuel Edward sounded a lot but didn’t get the role. Finally, the actor Mark Stobbart will be the one to play Cheese.
- Another of the faces we will see will be actor James Doherty, who will play a character named Clay.
- We have news of four other confirmed actors: Kieran Bew, Abubakar Salim, Gayle Rankin and Clinton Liberty. So far, the roles they could play are unknown. Some speculate they could be dragonseeds: Addam and Alyn Velaryon, Hugh Hammer, and a female version of Ulf White.
New Show – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight
House of the Dragon season 2 is not the only product related to this franchise in production. Another prequel to Games of Thrones is “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”. The show received the green light on April 12th from the board of Warner Bros. Discovery.
A century before @GameofThrones, there was Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg.
Executive produced by George R. R. Martin, Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis, A Knight of the #SevenKingdoms: The Hedge Knight has received a straight to series order. #StreamOnMax pic.twitter.com/MRPUke5Upt
— HBO Max (@hbomax) April 12, 2023
The official plot of this series is set a century before the events of Game of Thrones. Two peculiar heroes star in this saga, set when the Targaryen lineage predominates, holding the iron throne. The memory of the last dragon prevails over great destinies and potent enemies. The exploits that await them are dangerous and memorable. That gives an intro to Game of Thrones.
Likewise, George R. R. Martin confirmed in his official blog that the 1st season of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms could have six episodes. Some rumors indicate that secondary characters like the old Walder Frey may also appear with the beloved Maester Aemon or the mysterious Brynden Rivers.
Other Game of Thrones Spin-Offs
Other spin-off series are on the mat, and George R. R. Martin says HBO continues working on them. These are the spin-off revolving around a young Corlys Velaryon and another about Princess Nymeria. Everything points out that HBO is going ahead with it.
Apart from House of the Dragon season 2, Variety informed us that HBO is working on several projects, among those that stand out as a prequel to a film that tells the story of the conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. This story will likely star Aegon Targaryen and his sisters Rhaenys and Visenya.
With this story, fans will travel 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. This show will tell the origins of the Targaryen dynasty, which is sure to be very impressive.
The Seven Kingdoms Live Again
By now, all fans are probably wondering: what could happen in House of the Dragon season 2? George R.R. Martin clearly outlined the plot of this series in his novel Fire & Blood. We should see something similar to what the writer captured in this work.
However, the fans have played an insurmountable role in ensuring that the fate of many familiar characters remained unknown in this fantasy series. That’s regardless of when there have been plot twists or deaths already expected.
The first season’s second half was controversial, showing the union of Rhaenyra and her uncle, Daemon, in marriage. Perhaps because of the family bond, but also because Daemon’s character is disturbing.
Matt Smith, the actor starring as Daemon, has proven to be charismatic and incredible. But what’s next for this couple remains uncertain since their relationship is quite murky.
Possibly, in this second season, the couple will face a civil war of Targaryens versus Hightowers. But House Velaryon support Rhaenyra and Daemon. The “Blacks” (because of their house colors) possess the most powerful army in Westeros and a dozen dragons.
On the other hand, the so-called “Greens” of Kings Landing include King Aegon II, Otto Hightower, Alicent Hightower, Ser Criston Cole, Aemon and Vhagar, the mightiest dragon in the world.
Throughout the first season, Rhaenyra suppresses and represses her nature. That might change for the second season, letting herself move by her instincts and desires. Will all actions lead to imminent war? We will find out soon in the Dance of the Dragons.
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