HBO Greenlights Second Season of House of the Dragon

This news won’t surprise you. HBO announced its original drama series House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season. The prequel to the hit Games of Thrones series debuted Sunday, August 21, to the largest audience for any new original series in HBO history and even crashed HBO servers due to streaming demand on HBO Max.

The first episode has now been seen by over 20 million viewers.

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, 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. A huge thank you to George, Ryan, and Miguel 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 two.”

House of the Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen.

The cast of House of Dragon includes:  Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional cast includes Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, Savannah Steyn.

HBO reportedly spent $20 million per episode for House of Dragon including marketing costs. There are 10 episodes produced for the first season.