We have all been waiting for the second season of the Game of Thrones prequel series ever since the finale of the first season. It will be a while before Season 2 arrives, but it is about to get one step closer as the preparations for ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 have begun.
The first season of the series shot at multiple places, but this time it only seems to be two different locations as of now. As per the current schedule, ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 will begin filming on April 17th in Cáceres, Spain, and then it will move to Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in England, UK in May 2023. The production will take almost nine months to officially wrap up on December 22, 2023.
However, there is a little confusion on the location-wise shooting, which I have not been able to fully confirm yet. It is possible that the filming will begin in the UK and Spain on the same date mentioned above and both units (Spain and UK) will shoot parallelly. In that case, the Spain unit will wrap up in May 2023 and UK unit will begin and wrap up on the dates mentioned above. In another case, it will remain the same as the above schedule. But in both cases, the filming will wrap up in December 2023.
The shooting duration may also seem shorter than the first season which took ten months to wrap up. It is mainly because the first season included construction and modification of new sets as it was the beginning of the show, while in the second season, the show already has everything ready and it may only need slight modifications, which could be easily covered in the pre-production time.
Ryan Condal will return as the sole showrunner of Season 2. The confirmed returning directors for the second season include Alan Taylor and Clare Kilner. The remaining directors may get revealed once the shooting begins. So based on the filming schedule, the winter could be coming in the Summer of 2024, which will be exactly two years after the first season's premiere.
House of the Dragon Season 1 ended with Lord Corlys pledging House Velaryon's allegiance to Rhaenyra's "Black" faction as Daemon plans to recruit more Dragonriders and awakens a large dragon, Vermithor, hibernating in a cave. Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys are sent out as envoys to secure the support of Houses Arryn, Stark, and Baratheon. Lucerys meets with Lord Borros Baratheon and discovers the presence of Prince Aemond. Lucerys flees on Arrax, his dragon, but Aemond pursues him on Vhagar. Arrax burns Vhagar and Vhagar devours Lucerys and Arrax, stunning Aemond. At the end of the finale when Rhaenyra learns the news, she is devastated and outraged.
Season 2 is likely to begin in the aftermath of the death of prince Lucerys. The battle between Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower is going to get uglier and we so more games being played with the lives of their close ones on the line.
Returning regular cast of the series include, Emma D'Arcy as Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Queen Alicent Hightower, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower, Harry Collett as Prince Jacaerys "Jace" Velaryon, Tom Glynn-Carney as Prince/King Aegon II Targaryen, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Ewan Mitchell as Prince Aemond Targaryen, Phia Saban as Princess/Queen Helaena Targaryen, and Phoebe Campbell as Lady Rhaena Targaryen. The new cast members - regular and recurring will be revealed as soon as we get closer to the filming date and also during the production.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series tells the story of House Targaryen and takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The first season premiered on August 21, 2022, and was watched by over 10 million viewers on the very first day. The finale which was released on October 23, 2022, also recorded considerable viewership. The series was renewed for Season 2 just after the first episode. Check out our House of the Dragon Coverage.
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