The prospects of the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series “House of the Dragon”, according to Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys, are “extremely likely.” In recent years, the executive has been a steady figure for the broadcast and streaming powerhouse. Many of the network’s recent biggest hits have been produced during his tenure, including The White Lotus, The Flight Attendant, and I May Destroy You.
“House of the Dragon” will be set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, returning to Westeros during the Targaryen family’s reign and documenting the events leading up to the Dance of Dragons civil war. The prequel, which was commissioned in 2019 and stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, and Olivia Cooke, has been a major undertaking for HBO. The series’ principal photography began in April 2021 and ended in early 2022, largely in the United Kingdom but with certain sections shot in Spain, California, and Portugal. Originally envisioned as part of a large slate of Game of Thrones-related products, “House of the Dragon“ is currently the only one that has been greenlit, however additional shows like 9 Voyages, 10,000 Ships, and Dunk and Egg are in various stages of development.
In an interview with THR, Bloys discussed the franchise’s future and stated that the chances of “House of the Dragon” obtaining an early renewal are pretty strong. While HBO likes to “give [their shows] some time,” he claims that they are already preparing for a possible second season if they want to do so. Here’s the rest of the quote:
Typically speaking, I like to take an approach where we will talk about what a second season might look like and talk about scripts. But we tend to like to see how a show performs. That said, if I were betting, I’d say there’s a pretty good shot that House of the Dragon will get a season two. But we tend to like things to air and give it some time. That said, on most shows, we’ll do preparation and put ourselves in a good position to move forward.
While Bloys’ optimism about a second season is encouraging, the show’s success among fans will be critical to the future of Game of Thrones spin-offs. Because of the nearly overwhelmingly negative response to the original show’s last season, the internet fan community has lost much of the enthusiasm that it had shown for most of the original run. Many viewers were enraged by the show’s haste in tying up loose ends, and much more so by the dangling threads. Despite the fact that the last season drew in record ratings for the network, with 13.6 million viewers turning in for the finale, this is the case.
What will be interesting to observe is how fans who were dissatisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones react to “House of the Dragon”. Bloys’ cautious optimism may not be misplaced, since strong ratings and excellent feedback could lead to not just a second season, but a multi-season order. However, only time will tell whether people are willing to return to Westeros after leaving it on such sour terms the last time.