George R.R. Martin Drops Huge ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Update

The dragons are coming

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House of the Dragon fans will be pleased to know that production for season two of the Max series is almost done.

Following the news of the ongoing writers' and actors' strike, author George R.R. Martin addressed the elephant in the room and gave a major update on House of the Dragon season two. Even better, the author hinted that the saga of House Targaryen will continue beyond season two, thanks to a massively successful first season. Keep reading for more details on what he had to say about season two.

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1. What Is House of the Dragon About?

House of the Dragon is based on Martin’s book, titled Fire & Blood, and takes place 200 years before the events in Game of Thrones. It follows House Targaryen, the family who currently controls the Iron Throne and the Kingdom of Westeros.

In his 5-star review, Phil Mutz, PureWow’s vice president of entertainment and news, said there are "many Easter eggs hidden throughout," adding, "The new show stays true to the style, feel, drama and excitement of its predecessor in the tone of the writing and in the plot points."

2. When Was House of the Dragon Season 2 Announced?

In August 2022, HBO confirmed on Instagram that the series was renewed for a second season. The caption read, "Fire reigns. #HouseoftheDragon has been renewed for Season 2."

In a statement, Francesca Orsi (executive vice president of HBO programming), said, “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.”

In April 2023, the network announced that production had begun on the show’s second season. New episodes are being filmed at Leavesden Studios in the U.K.

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3. What Did George R.R. Martin Say About House of the Dragon Season 2?

In July 2023, the author revealed that House of the Dragon season two wasn’t affected by the Writer’s Guild Association (WGA) strike. (FYI, Martin isn’t serving as a writer on HOTD, but he’s an insider nonetheless.)

“One of the few shows still shooting is House of the Dragon, as you may have read,” Martin wrote in a blog post on his website. “That’s true. I am told the second season is half done. ALL of the scripts had been finished months before the WGA strike began. No writing has been done since, to the best of my knowledge.”

He continued, “HOTD is shot mostly in London (and a little bit in Wales, Spain and various other locations), which is why filming has continued. The actors are members of the British union, Equity, not SAG-AFTRA, and though Equity strongly supports their American cousins (they have a big rally planned to show that support), British law forbids them from staging a sympathy strike.”

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4. Did Martin Hint That There Would be a Third Season?

He sure did. On his website, when responding to the news of the series getting eight Emmy nominations, Martin wrote, "I would have loved to see some of our writers, directors, and actors on the final ballot as well. You don’t get to contend for Best Dramatic Series unless you have some great actors, directors, and writers working of you. Most of our team will have other shots at the prize in seasons to come."

The author also added, "Keep watching. The best is yet to come."

We're way ahead of you, Martin.

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