House Of The Dragon Season 2 Release Window Leaves Us Crying

House Of The Dragon Season 2 Release Window Leaves Us Crying

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Tom Chapman


23rd Feb 2023 15:47

We're used to heartache in the Seven Kingdoms, and whether it's the Red Wedding, "Hold the door," or Jon Snow's depressing fate, it's not exactly a laugh a minute. Still, the House of the Dragon Season 2 release window will leave you sobbing like Shireen at the stake.

While HBO's House of the Dragon promised to follow in Game of Thrones' fiery footsteps, there were worries it would go full GoT Season 8 and burn out before it started. Thankfully, it was one of 2022's biggest shows, swept the awards scene, and restored faith in the Iron Throne.

What Is House Of The Dragon About?

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Charting the Targaryen civil war, House of the Dragon follows King Viserys I and the line of succession that culminates in the devastating event known as "the Dance of the Dragons." Season 1 was classic Thrones action with a similarly A-list cast. 

House of the Dragon Season 2 was quickly given the green light, and with the series being set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, there's plenty of scope for a multi-season arc with those blonde-haired b*stards. 

Season 1 showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal told The Hollywood Reporter they'd started mapping out a potential ending, with House of the Dragon only expected to run for three or four seasons. Still, with an achingly long wait on the cards, the final next could be a long way off.

If you were hoping House of the Dragon Season 2 could be getting a fast-tracked production like Showtime's Yellowjackets, we suggest you take up a hobby to while away the time. 

What Is The House Of The Dragon Season 2 Release Window?

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Discussing all things HotD with Variety, HBO Max content CEO Casey Bloys pencilled in a vague 2024 release window for Season 2. Bloys told the outlet that 2024 "is a good guess" but refused to go much further than that.

Another "good guess" is that House of the Dragon Season 2 wouldn't be eligible for 2024's Emmy season. As its eligibility ends on May 31, 2024, that seemingly confirms House of the Dragon Season 2 will have to debut after that. Putting the pieces together, Summer 2024 looks like your best bet. 

Bloys also gave a disappointing update on the various Thrones spin-offs that were once in development. Remember, House of the Dragon was only born when the Naomi Watts-led Bloodmoon (production title) filmed its pilot and was axed by the network.

"To do that again is going to take the same amount of effort. You have to develop a lot of things, try things," said Bloys. "You never know what's going to work. So we’re currently doing that."

Seemingly writing off the Marvel Cinematic Universe template of multiple projects yearly, Bloys concluded, "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."

We know Kit Harington is reprising his role as Jon Snow for a Thrones sequel series, but apart from that, it sounds pretty quiet in the Seven Kingdoms right now. Oh well, no better time to rewatch House of the Dragon's lauded first season. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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