Attention, Targaryen fans! HBO announced that House of the Dragon will be back next year. Deadline broke the news this week — read on to find out what we know so far. 

House of the Dragon premiered in August 2022 to rave reviews from both critics and audiences. Since the season finale in October 2022, fans have been clamoring for more. The season 2 renewal announcement came just two episodes in, and the show was able to continue filming through the SAG-AFTRA strike due to its British cast.

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The Game of Thrones prequel takes place almost 200 years before the original, following House Targaryen. Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), the king’s first-born child and heir, fights for power against her childhood best friend turned step-mother Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), whose goal is to put her son on the throne. Season 1 ended with catastrophic events that will change both families forever.

Returning cast members for season 2 include D’Arcy and Cooke alongside Matt Smith, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint and Phia Saban, among others. Simon Russell BealeGayle RankinAbubakar Salim and Freddie Fox also join in new supporting roles.

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HBO network chief Casey Bloys announced that season 2 will hit screens in summer 2024. At a press event earlier this week, reporters also viewed the first trailer for season 2. Specific details about the footage, however, are currently under wraps. Bloys also shared his hopes that the next Game of Thrones prequel, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, will start shooting this spring.

How excited are you to return to Westeros in House of the Dragon season 2? Let us know below, and as always, keep an eye out for more news. 

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