HBO has exclusively revealed a new sneak peek of the second season of House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones. From what we can see, this season immerses us directly into the beginning of an intense civil war within the Targaryen House, a conflict better known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Last year, HBO surprised us with the release of The House of the Dragon. It was a complete success: its quality managed to meet the expectations of the most devoted Game of Thrones fans. The series narrates how, 200 years prior, the rise and fall of House Targaryen occurred, an essential chapter in the history of Westeros. The plot is based on Fire and Blood, the prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R.R. Martin. From here on, be careful as SPOILERS are coming.
The first season of The House of the Dragon was quite an odyssey filled with temporal leaps. By the conclusion, Westeros stood at the brink of a civil war. Following the death of King Viserys, the political stage was rocked by ambition. Though Rhaenyra was the rightful heir, her position faltered amidst the machinations of House Hightower.
The plot reached a critical point when Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), son of Alicent, challenged Lucerys Velaryon (Elliot Grihault), Rhaenyra‘s son. This clash between dragon riders unleashed a catastrophe: Aemond’s dragon, Vhagar, ended the lives of Lucerys and his dragon, Arrax. This tragic ending buried any hope for a peaceful resolution.
Regarding the casting, much of the main cast from the first season will return. However, new faces have been added, such as Clinton Liberty (Addam of Hull), Jamie Kenna (Sir Alfred Broome), or Kieran Bew (Hugh), among others. The new episodes (8 in total) are set to premiere during the upcoming summer of 2024.