You can send up a prayer of thanks to the Old Gods and the New, because House of the Dragon is already renewed for season 2. We’ve only seen two episodes of the first season so far, but we can now relax knowing there will at least be one more season’s worth of Easter eggs, theories, and Oh my god, did that just happen? moments. This renewal isn’t a total surprise considering how much money HBO is pouring into this show and how many people are watching (the premiere episode broke an HBO record for total viewers at 10 million), but it’s still good news.

Here’s what Francesca Orsi, executive VP of HBO programming, had to say about the renewal: “We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with season one. Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV. A huge thank you to co-creator and executive producer George R.R. Martin and co-creator and showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik for leading us on this journey. We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season 2.”

Here’s everything we know about season 2, including casting news, spoilers, and plot details.

First things first, when is it happening?

Great question. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season took 10 months to film, with months more work after that on VFX, etc. So the odds that they could shoot and finish another season by the end of next year seem slim, making it look like you will probably have to wait until 2024 for more Targaryen madness. Oof. Fingers crossed it’s at least early 2024.

What will the second season be about?

This is tricky, because we don’t know how far into the plot we’re going to get in season 1. Yes, this show is based on a portion of a book, so theoretically we know what the series as a whole will be about. But the show has already made some departures from the source material (like, Alicent and Rhaenyra weren’t friends in the book), so it’s hard to say how far we’ll get in these 10 episodes and what will be left for the next season. Either way, it’s about the Targaryens. We do know that.

Who’s returning?

Probably anyone who doesn’t die in season 1, TBH! Although we do know that both Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, who play the young versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, are being replaced halfway through the season with actors playing the older versions of their characters (Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, respectively). It’s unclear whether Milly and Emily will still appear in the show in flashbacks or not. The show also stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Will I ever stop calling it Game of Thrones instead of House of the Dragon?

Probably not.

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