Are you already looking forward to the second season of ‘The House of the Dragon’? No wonder: the first has been a resounding success on HBO . The pilot episode of the spin-off of ‘Game of Thrones’ attracted more than 10 million viewers in its premiere on the platform, and since then its audience and its impact have only grown, becoming one of the best series of HBO in 2022, in addition to one of the best series of 2022. The final episode has once again registered audiences very similar to those of its predecessor, being the best season finale of a series on HBO since the end of ‘Game of Thrones ‘ .

The announcement of season 2 of the series based on the novels by George RR Martin was not long in coming , and a few weeks ago HBO confirmed the order of a new batch of episodes to a team that will count on the loss of one of its showrunners , Miguel Sapochnik, author of several of the best chapters of ‘Game of Thrones’ (‘The Battle of the Bastards’, ‘The Long Night’). Sapochnik will remain credited as executive producer, but it will be his partner Ryan Condal who will remain as showrunner .In solitary. Sapochnik has also agreed with HBO to develop new projects. And let’s not forget that Jon Snow’s spin-off of ‘Game of Thrones’ is on the horizon. Alan Taylor, also the director of ‘Game of Thrones’ (he directed the season one finale, among others), will join his spin-off as director and executive producer on the second season.

Now that you know who’s who in ‘The House of the Dragon’, let’s talk about everything we know about season 2 . When will the release date be? Can we count it among the most anticipated series of 2023 or the most anticipated HBO series of 2023? How will the story continue after the finale aired on October 17? Who will join the cast? This is all we know so far.

‘The House of the Dragon’, season 2: Release date

The first season took 10 months to finish filming, not counting post-production and the addition of special effects. If Season 2 also requires nearly a year of filming and another year of VFX work, we’d be talking about a possible return for Summer/Fall 2024 . Yes, we are all going to be Daemon during the wait.

HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys has confirmed these dates would be correct. Speaking to Vulture, he said: “We’re starting to put the plan together and, like last time, there are a lot of unknowns.” He added: “Don’t expect it in 2023.

‘The House of Dragon’, season 2: Filming

According to the newspaper Hoy de Extremadura, the production team of ‘La Casa del Dragon’ will return to Caceres next spring to begin filming the second season of the series . The city of Extremadura, characterized as King’s Landing in the ‘Game of Thrones’ universe, will again host the technicians and performers of the program between March and June 2023, although the filming itself is only expected for a few weeks in April and May.

This confirms Spain as the main setting for ‘La Casa del Dragon’ once again. In the first season of ‘La Casa del Dragon’ we were able to see locations such as Caceres itself, the Plaza Mayor in Trujillo, the Castle of La Calahorra in Granada and the Gardens of Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar. “ Spain has a great legacy that It goes back to the original series, to ‘Game of Thrones,’ and we wanted to honor that . Spain is a wonderful place to shoot,” says co-creator and screenwriter Ryan Condal.

The House of the Dragon’, season 2: Cast

Who will return in season 2 of ‘The House of the Dragon? It’s hard to say because it’s already known that in the ‘Game of Thrones’ universe, no matter how important the character is, he can die at any time.

If we take into account the main characters that have been saved after the end of season 1 of ‘The House of the Dragon’, and that the series will continue the events of Martin’s novels, we can conjecture that Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen ), Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen), Fabien Frankel (Ser Criston Cole ), and Eve Best (Rhaenys Targaryen) will be back in season 2 . Hopefully some flashback that brings back the younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, but we see it as unlikely. Where have you seen the actors and actresses of ‘La Casa del Dragon’ before?

Bethany Antonia (Baela Targaryen) has also confirmed her presence in the second season in an interview with DigitalSpy, stating that ” we are going to war “.

‘The House of the Dragon’, season 2: Synopsis

What will season 2 be about? Will we relive some of the most tragic and shocking deaths of ‘The House of the Dragon’? Although at first it seemed that the Dance with Dragons , the Targaryen civil war for the Iron Throne after the death of King Viserys, was going to be the focus of the first season, everything seems to indicate that the bulk of the war will take place in the second .

The supporters of Rhaenyra as heir to the Seven Kingdoms (the blacks) and the followers of Alicent and her eldest son Aegon Targaryen (the greens) will have a fierce battle for years in which the dragons of ‘The House of the Dragon’ will be very important protagonists .

Showrunner Ryan Condal teased in Entertainment Weekly that the first season was simply “setting the table for a very bloody feast to come.” Added Condal, “The reason I really wanted to spend our time doing this is because I wanted everyone to understand who all these characters were and the long history behind them, behind their parents and their grandparents, that led us to this. point, where they end up fighting a civil war against each other.

Condal is “really interested in continuing all of those characters that we’ve spent all this time introducing, particularly the families of Rhaenyra and Alicent, and seeing what happens now that we’ve knocked over the chessboard and spilled the pieces on the floor,” Condal continues. “ How will everyone react? That’s the story we’ll be telling in Season 2…and beyond.