We now know when HBO’s House of the Dragon will return.
The second season of the acclaimed Game of Thrones prequel will air in “early summer” of 2024. The second season will consist of eight episodes, two less than the first.
The announcement was made by HBO chief Casey Bloys during a press event Thursday, where he also addressed the Rolling Stone report that he employed fake Twitter accounts to spar with TV critics (calling it a “very dumb move”).
Bloys said the season has wrapped filming and is currently in post-production.
The executive also revealed its next Thrones prequel, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, hopes to begin shooting in the spring. While no casting has yet been announced given the SAG-AFTRA strike, it seems likely the company has some names in mind if they’re looking to shoot that soon.
None of the other Thrones prequel concepts are close to a greenlight, Bloys added, but they’re working on ideas.
Dragon is well enough along to have a first trailer, which was screened for reporters — but under the condition that its contents are not publicly described.
In addition, Bloys noted the White Lotus season three and the company’s prequel series to Stephen King’s IT have been pushed to 2025. The Last of Us season two will begin production in spring, 2024 (pending a resolution of the actors’ strike).
Based on executive producer George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. The season two cast includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno and Rhys Ifans. Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall and Matthew Needham.
The Hedge Knight is based on author Martin’s popular trio of Dunk and Egg novellas, which chronicle the story of “Dunk” (the future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall) and “Egg” (the future king Aegon V Targaryen) as they wander Westeros having adventures roughly 100 years before the events of the novels.
The description: “A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros … a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.”