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‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Finally Has a Trailer—Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Rhaenyra Targaryen and her crown in 'House of the Dragon'

House of the Dragon is returning to Max for its second season, and the first official trailer has finally been revealed.

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Season 2 was confirmed to be in the works in 2022, with filming expected to commence at the beginning of 2023 and end around the summer of 2023. The start of production had been confirmed with a post on the official House of the Dragon Instagram reading, “It’s time to return to King’s Landing. Season 2 of #HouseoftheDragon is now in production.”

Judging by the usual lead times of Max shows of this magnitude, we speculated that we could probably expect to see House of the Dragon season 2 in 2024. That estimate has been proven correct. Here’s everything we know about season 2 of the blockbuster Game of Thrones spinoff—so far, starting with the first official posters featuring the show’s main characters.

The trailer for House of the Dragon season 2 is finally out!

As a large part of the fandom suspected, the much-anticipated first trailer for the second season of House of the Dragon was released on December 2, 2023, as part of the show’s panel at CCXP 2023 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The trailer, which predictably spread like wildfire across the Internet in a matter of minutes, shows us glimpses of all our favorite characters as they gear up to truly get their hands bloody in the Dance of the Dragons. 

Rhaenyra and Alicent, both seen in their royal regalia as well as anguished over the choices they’ve made, ponder the cost of the throne while also realizing that there’s no stopping the civil war that is well underway—no matter how destructive it will be, as Rhaenys warns Rhaenyra. And then there are the realm’s most unhinged second sons, Daemon and Aemond, who are both ready to be considerable powers beside their respective thrones—and that look Aemond gives the empty Iron Throne makes me think that he still very much believes himself to be the best choice rather than his elder brother. 

In the trailer, armies march through Westeros and dragons soar overhead—some with riders we’ve never seen in the air before, like Daemon’s daughter Baela Targaryen. And for those who have read Fire & Blood, which serves as the show’s original material, there is also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene that hints that a very significant plot point involving Queen Helaena is rapidly coming our way. 

When is season 2 of House of the Dragon coming out?

Just like the first season of House of the Dragon dominated Sundays back in the summer of 2022, the show’s second season will return to do the same in the summer of 2024. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, HBO head Casey Bloys confirmed the expected premiere date at an event at Warner Bros. Discovery’s headquarters in New York City.

“They are done shooting and in post,” Bloys said. “We hope to have that early summer.”

This release window was further confirmed by the show’s first trailer, which was released on social media with the caption “SUMMER 2024.”

Who is in House of the Dragon season 2?

Alicent Olivia Cooke and Rhaenyra Emma D'Arcy
(HBO)

With no more time jumps expected in Season 2, House of the Dragon will stick with the majority of the cast for the next season. That means everybody’s favorite duo, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, will return as Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen, respectively, alongside Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as the Sea Snake, Corlys Velaryon, and Eve Best as the Queen Who Never Was, Rhaenys Targaryen.

For the Greens, Aegon II Targaryen and Aemond Targaryen will also continue to be played by Tom Glynn-Carney and Ewan Mitchell, with Phia Saban as their sister Helaena. Grandfather Otto Hightower will be brought to life once again by Welsh actor Rhys Ifans. We can also expect to see much more of Matthew Needham as Larys Strong and Fabien Frankel as whiny Commander of the Kingsguard Ser Criston Cole.

A picture of Aemond Targaryen, played by Ewan Mitchell, revealing his famous sapphire eye in House of the Dragon
(HBO)

Of course, a sprawling world such as the Seven Kingdoms means an equally massive cast of characters. Readers of Fire and Blood—the in-universe chronicle of the three centuries of Targaryen reign that serves as the basis for House of the Dragon—know that we are bound to see some new and very beloved faces in future seasons.

The first round of casting announcements included four new characters, which will be listed here with no spoilers, but with a huge, meaningful glance to those who know. Aboubakar Salim will star as Alyn of Hull, a sailor in the Velaryon fleet who already fought with Lord Corlys in the Stepstones—so we can expect him to fight for the Blacks.

On the Greens’ side, we’ll see the addition of Freddie Fox as Gwayne Hightower, son of Otto Hightower and brother to Queen Alicent. In the book, he’s just the younger of her unspecified number of brothers, but in the show, he has been bumped up to Otto’s heir.

Then there are Simon Russell Beale and Gayle Rankin, who will play Ser Simon Strong—great-uncle to the gone-too-soon Harwin Strong and his brother Larys—and Alys Rivers, respectively. They are based in Harrenhal, the greatest castle in the Seven Kingdoms and a strategic stronghold whenever winds of war are blowing in Westeros.

A picture of Gayle Rankin, who will star as Alys Rivers in House of the Dragon, in the period drama "Kindred"
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A handful more of new cast members were revealed on December 2, 2023, alongside the unveiling of the very first trailer for season 2. Jamie Kenna and Vincent Regan will play Ser Alfred Broome and Ser Rickard Thorne respectively—the former being the most senior knight on Dragonstone at the time the Dance breaks out and the latter being a member of Aegon II’s Kingsguard.

Then there’s Clinton Liberty, who will take up the role of Addam of Hull—brother of Alyn of Hull, played by the already-announced Aboubakar Salim—and then Kieran Bew and Tom Bennett as High and Ulf. All will come into play once the Blacks realise that they do indeed have more dragons than the Greens but not enough people to ride them, a moment in the history of the Dance which Fire and Blood calls “the Sowing”.

Finally, one of the show’s most anticipated characters finally has a face—Tom Taylor will appear as Lord Cregan Stark, the current Lord of Winterfell and ancestor to the Starks we have come to know and love in Game of Thrones. We will undoubtedly meet him alongside Prince Jacaerys Velaryon, who was sent North to win allies for his mother at the end of season 1.

Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in The Dark Tower
(Sony Entertainment)

He’s one of the characters whose announcement fans were expecting the most, with the other being Prince Daeron Targaryen. George R.R. Martin himself already confirmed that he exists in the universe of House of the Dragon—as if there could have ever been a version of the Dance without him, I would add, all those battles in the Southern part of Westeros are not going to fight themselves—but that he had been fostering with his Hightower family in Oldtown during the events of the show’s first season.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Emily Carey, who played young Alicent Hightower, also shared that there had been talks about both her and Milly Alcock (young Rhaenyra) returning for flashbacks. This has yet to be confirmed.

Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra is embraced by Emily Carey as Alicent on House of the Dragon
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What will House of the Dragon season 2 be about?

The second season of House of the Dragon will see the civil war that is the Dance of Dragons kick off in earnest. We’ve already put together some predictions for what will come next, but few details are confirmed yet.

“We will get to the spectacle,” showrunner Ryan Condal told The Times. “But you have to understand these people’s complexities before they’re thrown into war. Series two will hit the rhythms people came to expect from the middle run of Game of Thrones, but it will have been earned, and viewers will feel the tragedies because we put the work in.”

The actors have definitely put their work in if what Tom Glynn-Carney revealed before the official start of production on season 2 is to be believed. Speaking at the Game of Thrones Fan Convention in December 2022, he said that they were “training very hard and we are making sure our bodies are in good enough condition for how strenuous season 2 is gonna be.”

As noted above, there will be no huge time jumps in season 2, so the story will be told in a slower, more linear fashion.

Where is House of the Dragon season 2 filming?

Many of the locations used in season 1, such as Cornwall and Derbyshire in England, Cáceres in Spain, and Monsanto in Portugal, will be revisited in season 2.

Spanish fan site Los Siete Reinos has confirmed that House of the Dragon will return to shoot scenes in Cáceres in 2023, between March and June. This is the real-life location of King’s Landing, so there’s no surprise that we’ll be returning here.

Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith respectively, learn that King Viserys I died in the finale of the first season of House of the Dragon
(HBO)

How many seasons of House of the Dragon will there be?

George R.R. Martin has said he thinks there should be four seasons of House of the Dragon to tell the story fully. However, he also argued for 10 seasons of Game of Thrones and didn’t get them.

You’d think HBO would learn from the disaster that was Game of Thrones season 8 and take Martin’s advice on this one, yet it seems like season 2 of House of the Dragon will be shorter than the first one, with Deadline reporting in March 2023 that there will be eight episodes instead of 10.

HBO has so far only confirmed a second season of the show. We imagine that the number of seasons House of the Dragon receives will have a lot to do with how future seasons are received, so that means the pressure is on the show’s creatives to keep delivering. That same Deadline report revealed that discussions are still happening about whether House of the Dragon will have three seasons—with the third one seemingly already mapped out—or four, as in Martin’s original design.

(featured image: HBO)

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Benedetta Geddo
Benedetta (she/her) lives in Italy and has been writing about pop culture and entertainment since 2015. She has considered being in fandom a defining character trait since she was in middle school and wasn't old enough to read the fanfiction she was definitely reading and loves dragons, complex magic systems, unhinged female characters, tragic villains and good queer representation. You’ll find her covering everything genre fiction, especially if it’s fantasy-adjacent and even more especially if it’s about ASOIAF. In this Bangtan Sonyeondan sh*t for life.

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