Season 2 of House of the Dragon Rumored to be Chopped Down to 8 Episodes

King's Landing Red Keep Throne Room, Vaemond Velaryon (Wil Johnson), Baela Velaryon (Bethany Antonia), Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), 1x08 (1)

In case you yearned for the days of shorter seasons of Game of Thrones, Deadline has just announced that season 2 of House of the Dragon will reportedly run only 8 episodes, rather than the standard 10. This comes as a shock to many, given George R. R. Martin himself had indicated that it would take four 10 episode seasons to do HOTD justice. So what happened, exactly? Dive in as I muse…

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New writer added for Season 2 of House of the Dragon

Daemon Crowns Viserys Paddy Considine Matt Smith

Filming on season 2 of House of the Dragon is not too far away, though starting a tad later than originally reported. But first- a bit of writer news!

According to his agency website, David Hancock is writing two episodes for season 2 of House of the Dragon. Hancock served as a co-executive producer for the first season of the show. However he’s stepping up to the plate and taking on even more responsibilities this year, according to to the site:

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Look Into the Flames: The Female Line of House Targaryen

Daenerys Drogon Season 4 401 Meereen Targaryen

By Red Aly

Every mystery embedded in A Song of Ice and Fire offers rich ground for theories to germinate as we wait … and wait … for the conclusion of the series. The speculation is endlessly entertaining, sometimes profound, often frivolous. The best theories are community-building pursuits as they inspire animated discussion among fans and maintain interest between books and between seasons. This series of articles is intended in this spirit.

What will be offered here are not exhaustive theories, but seeds: Possibilities built from questions that may have very interesting answers in the books to come, and which are therefore a chance for us to test our own predictive powers. I will generally avoid topics that have been exhaustively investigated elsewhere unless I have something fresh and worthwhile to propose. The aim is to inspire speculative discussion. There is only one rule: Keep it fun!

Be warned though: The Look Into the Flames series will contain many spoilers and are intended for people who have read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire books released so far, as well as Fire and Blood.

“History does not remember blood. It remembers names.”
Corlys Velaryon in House of the Dragon

One of the objectives George R.R. Martin had in writing A Song of Ice and Fire was to subvert dominant tropes of the high fantasy genre. He has said that he was bothered by the idealization of medieval society in fantasy novels and so in response his own fantasy epic exposes in excruciating detail just how unjust and brutal medieval social structures really were, and also just how hard they were on women.

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Kit Harington says he “can’t say anything” about Jon Snow spinoff

With our attention so fixed on House of the Dragon, it can be easy to forget that there are other Game of Thrones spinoffs in various stages of development … some of which would promise the return of familiar faces if they come to fruition.

During Kit Harington’s recent guest appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, he teased the possibility of a Jon Snow sequel series, though he maintained we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet.

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House of the Dragon Season 1 Wins Golden Globe for 2023 Best Drama Series


In a surprise twist of events, House of the Dragon picked up the biggest TV award of the night, after very few actual nominations during the Golden Globes leadup, and a slow of other shows winning other awards throughout the night. Defeating retiring shows Better Call Saul and Ozark, regular Golden Globe winner The Crown, and breakout freshman drama Severance, HOTD did what Game of Thrones was never able to do, and won the top prize. A few more developments below…
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