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’s part of a long-term plan for the show that includes HBO considering greenlighting it for a third season, which was confirmed.
It is relatively common practice that HBO did not disclose the episode order in its announcement of the second season renewal last summer. A source from the series confirmed to Deadline that Season 2 will contain 8 episodes, stressing that the cut in the number of episodes was based on the story.
It was reported that the House of the Dragon creative team planned to run the series for three or four seasons. The writer and executive producer George R.R. Martin took a step back in preparing for Season 2 to take an overview of the series that follows Martin’s Fire and Blood and outlines the overall narrative flow, including how the stories are broken down from season to season and the battles to be included.
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As part of this, it is heard that Season 3 has been planned and could get the green light, with HBO seriously considering committing to moving forward with scripts, casting, and a production schedule, as the network is also trying to think long-term term rather than a season to season.
Since some of the storyline originally slated for Season 2, including a major fight, has been pushed back into Season 3, rumors are that the show is now closer to 4 seasons, but that hasn’t been finalized as Condal and Martin continue going back and forth over the number of seasons (three or four) that would be optimal to tell the full story, sources said. (Deadline)
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“I’m so excited that we still have 10 hours each season to tell our story,” Martin said of House of the Dragon. “I hope it stays that way. It will last four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do A Dance with Dragons justice from start to finish.” (Deadline)
Set 172 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon tells the story of House Targaryen led to a huge rating surge for the series premiere on August 21, which was followed a few days later by a second-season renewal.