House of the Dragon Season 2 will be shorter than Season 1, by two episodes. Plus it looks like the show is aiming for a three or four season run in total. The Information reported by Deadline below says the showrunner Ryan Condal and creator George R. R. Martin have been working to set out the rest of the series. As said, it is now looking like House of the Dragon will run for three or four seasons on HBO.
As for the shorter episode count? The trade reported that this is simply a case of the writers deciding when to end season 2. Seemingly, there are only 8 episodes worth of content instead of Season 1’s 10 according to those in charge. The trade also reports that a potentially huge battle originally planned for Season 2 may now fall into Season 3. However they also stress the decision was one the writers took, not the accountants.
As you likely already know, House of the Dragon is based on the Fire and Blood book written by GRRM. That book deals with the various details of the history of the Targaryen dynasty. However, House of the Dragon only explores one specific period of that history known as the Dance of the Dragons. Therefore, it seems like the team, including GRRM, has yet to decide whether three or four season is the perfect length to tell this complete story. Additionally, it seems HBO has still to make a decision on greenlighting Season 3. Though, unless Season 2 falls of a cliff in terms of critical praise and viewership, then you can bank money on Season 3. Check out the copy pasta below straight from the trade.
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“The upcoming second season of HBO’s House of the Dragon will consist of eight episodes, two fewer than Season 1 of the Critics Choice Award-winning Game of Thrones prequel. It is part of a long-term plan for the show, which includes HBO mulling a green light for a third season, I have learned.”
“I hear the initial plan was for another 10-episode arc, which eventually changed, leading to some script rewrites. Given the leadership change at HBO’s parent company, some pointed at Warner Bros. Discovery leadership’s focus on cost-cutting. An HBO spokesperson, who confirmed to Deadline that Season 2 will contain 8 episodes, stressed that the episode count trim was story-driven.”
“It has been reported that House of the Dragon’s creative team had envisioned the series running for three or four seasons. I hear executive producer-showrunner Ryan Condal, working with author/executive producer George R.R. Martin, took a step back as Season 2 was being put together to take a big-picture view of the series, which follows Martin’s Fire & Blood, and figure out the overall narrative flow, including how to break up the stories season-to-season and what battles to include and when.”
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“As part of that, I hear Season 3 has been mapped out and might be greenlighted, with HBO seriously considering committing to moving ahead with scripts, casting and a production plan as the network too is trying to think long-term instead of season-to-season.”
“With a portion of the plot originally intended for Season 2, including a major battle, moving to Season 3, I hear it is now more likely that the series would run for four seasons, but that has not been determined as Condal and Martin continue to go back-and-forth on the number of seasons (three or four) that would be optimal to tell the full story, sources said.”
I enjoyed Season 1 of House of the Dragon. Well written, well shot, very well acted, and lot of mysteries from the books detailed out. I’m looking forward to Season 2 and the inevitable Season 3. I give no opinion on whether three of four seasons would work best. That’s a decision only those in charge can make at this point. I would certainly rather the show only runs for three seasons but is tight, rather than have an extra season and start introducing filler to stretch it out. However I have no idea if that would be accurate or not.
So, House of the Dragon Season 2 will be shorter than Season 1 and it looks like the show is aiming for a three or four season run in total. What do you think of this news? As always, leave any thoughts below. House of the Dragon S2 is expected to film this year.