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Molly Edwards

House of the Dragon season 2 release date and everything we know about the new season

Olivia Cooke and Emma D'Arcy in House of the Dragon.

House of the Dragon season 2 has a brand new trailer and a previously confirmed official release date. The Game of Thrones prequel begins on June 16, and will see war beckoning for the Greens and the Blacks. Picking up where it left off, we know that the new batch of episodes is bound to be more fiery than ever, with the Dance of the Dragons well and truly in motion. 

Targaryens (and their dragons) will be pitted against one another, alongside the family's ongoing feud with the scheming Hightowers, so expect plenty of heartbreak, drama, and epic fighting ahead. 

We've got everything you need to know about House of the Dragon season 2 below, including casting details, what we predict the plot will cover, details on the episode count, and more. That means you can get up to speed on all things 'Fire and Blood' while you wait for the new season...

House of the Dragon season 2 release date

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House of the Dragon season 2 begins on June 16, 2024. Exact timings are yet to be announced, but expect a Sunday evening slot in the US on Max and a early Monday morning slot in the UK on Sky. 

House of the Dragon season 2 trailer

The first trailer for House of the Dragon season 2 arrived earlier this year, and it's seriously epic. Not only does it tease Blood and Cheese (more on that below), but it also sets up some exciting dragon action amid a troubling civil war that's left everyone looking pretty broken. 

In March, we also got some new warring trailers as well, one for the Greens and one for the Blacks. These didn't share too much new footage, aside from setting up a seriously epic battle ahead for the families. 

The newest trailer for House of the Dragon season 2, which you can watch above, dropped on May 15, the same day as The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 dropped its first trailer. The clip shows the realm preparing for a dragon battle between the greens and blacks. But it seems that there is conflict even within each team as we see Daemon and Rhaenyra clash, and rival Alicent wishing the war would come to an end. The new footage also gives us a glimpse of Jacaerys as he travels north to meet with the Starks. 

House of the Dragon season 2 cast

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Despite the time jumps, we can expect the House of the Dragon season 2 cast to be broadly similar to season 1, with a few key absences, of course. Paddy Considine won't be back as King Viserys, for one thing, and we also likely won't be seeing Milly Alcock or Emily Carey back as young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower – though it's possible they could return via flashback.

As for who definitely will be back, HBO confirmed the show's returning cast members when the start of filming was announced in April 2023. Emma D'Arcy is back as Rhaenyra, along with Matt Smith as her uncle/husband Daemon Targaryen, and Harry Collett as Rhaenyra's firstborn son Jacaerys "Jace" Velaryon. 

Eve Best returns as Rhaenys Targaryen, as well as Steve Toussaint as her husband Corlys Velaryon, Bethany Antonia as Baela Targaryen, and Phoebe Campbell as Rhaena Targaryen, Daemon's daughters with the late Laena Velaryon. 

As for the greens, Olivia Cooke is back as Alicent, along with Rhys Ifans as her father Otto, Fabien Frankel as Kinsguard member Ser Criston Cole, and Matthew Needham back as the Littlefinger-esque Larys Strong. Tom-Glynn Carney will return as newly crowned king Aegon Targaryen alongside Phia Saban as his sister and Helaena Targaryen. Their brother Aemond Targaryen, played by Ewan Mitchell is also returning as Aagon and Helaena’s brother, in an interview with Total Film Michell promises his character is one of the most “Insidious” we will see. There's also Jefferson Hall as twins Jason and Tyland Lannister and Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, AKA the White Worm

Newcomers to the cast include Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong, Larys's great-uncle. Freddie Fox will play Ser Gwayne Hightower, Alicent's brother and otto's son. Gayle Rankin will be Alys Rivers, a potential witch. Abubakar Salim is Alyn of Hull, a member of the Velaryon fleet of sailors who participated in the Stepstones battles. Tom Taylor is playing Cregan Stark. 

House of the Dragon season 2 plot: here's what the next season could cover

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We won't go too far into spoilers from George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, but it's safe to say that the Dance of the Dragons will be in full swing following the season 1 finale. The Targaryen civil war will bring in new characters and new dragons, and we can assume there'll be fewer time skips as the Dance barrels full speed ahead. Showrunner Ryan Condal has said that the pace will pick up, explaining: "Series 2 will hit the rhythms people came to expect from the middle run of Game of Thrones, but it will have been earned, and viewers will feel the tragedies because we put the work in."

As for key events, it looks like we will finally see Blood and Cheese come to life, as writer Sara Hess revealed, "We are currently writing the finale of season 2, "I don't think you will be disappointed," to Variety when asked if it had been scripted yet. However, recent news suggests we will most definitely see the unpleasant affair (which is said to be on the same level as Game of Thrones' Red Wedding) materialize as star Olivia Cooke teased in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: "I'd just say, it is Game of Thrones, expect the worst. Expect the very worst possible, and then double it. I dunno what else to say without heavily spoiling it, but it is heinous."

Elsewhere, expect to see a clash between brothers and a lot of battles. We might also be introduced to Daeron Targaryen, a child of Alicent and Viserys who hasn't yet appeared in the show, but has been confirmed by Martin to still exist. Plus, we know that there are no more time jumps or recastings in the show's future.

Hess has also teased to The Hollywood Reporter what's coming up for Daemon and Rhaenyra in season 2: "And right now, we're writing season two and figuring out, what is the nature of [Daemon's] relationship with Rhaenyra? There are many interpretations [in George R.R. Martin's book Fire & Blood] to that."

"I think pretty much, as is indicated at the end of this last season, is the fact that he decided, 'Whatever I may think about Rhaenyra personally, she is the rightful heir to the throne.' The land grab the Hightowers have done is treacherous, and they need to be made to pay for that. Plus… the fact is my grandson has been killed. Even though we know he's not my grandson, but he's my grandson. So, I think that's kind of where he's at, and that has to be paid for," Steve Toussaint teased to Collider of his character Lord Corlys' thirst for revenge.

"I'm looking forward to having Aegon have a lot more meat to get his teeth stuck into and to cause more havoc, really, and to throw a spanner in the works, which he does so well," actor Tom Glynn-Carney said at an official Game of Thrones Fan Convention on Friday, December 9. "He's not an out-and-out psychopath. There are complexities and intricacies within him that make him an absolute gift to play. He keeps me guessing, so hopefully that translates to keep everyone else on their toes."

Ryan Condal, who will assume sole showrunner duties in season 2 now that Miguel Sapochnik has taken a step back, revealed at the same event that viewers will be seeing a lot more of Baela and Rhaena in the next chapter.

House of the Dragon season 2 showrunners and episode count 

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House of the Dragon season 1 showrunner Miguel Sapochnik stepped away from the series for season 2, meaning the second installment will be in the hands of Ryan Condal and Sapochnik's replacement Alan Taylor. Taylor directed episodes of seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones, while Condal was co-showrunner of House of the Dragon season 1. 

While George R.R. Martin has suggested on his blog that all seasons of the show will be 10 episodes,  season 2 will actually consist of just 8 episodes. However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show’s executive producer says the reduced episode count wasn’t a creative call. Writer Sara Hess didn’t comment on the matter but did say: "It wasn't really our choice."

Reportedly, part of the plot meant for season 2, including a major battle, has been shifted to season 3 (though a third season has not been officially greenlit just yet). 

And that's a wrap on everything we know about House of the Dragon season 2. While you wait for more, check out our guide to the best TV shows of all time to fill out your watchlist. 

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