House of the Dragon: George R.R. Martin Offers Exciting Season 2 Update

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George R.R. Martin has confirmed the rumors are true:

House of the Dragon Season 2 is still in production despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Most TV shows have been grounded amid the dual strikes, but the HBO epic can continue filming due to the cast not being under contract with SAG-AFTRA for the lengthy shoot.

Changes in King's Landing - House of the Dragon

In a new update on his website, the author of the Game of Thrones novels revealed that work on the sophomore season is "half done."

"One of the few shows still shooting is House of the Dragon, as you may have read. That's true. I am told the second season is half done," he wrote.

Working Together - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 10

"All of the scripts had been finished months before the WGA strike began."

"No writing has been done since, to the best of my knowledge."

Martin shed some light on why the series has been able to continue filming.

"HOTD is shot mostly in London (and a little bit in Wales, Spain, and various other locations), which is why filming has continued," the author added.

Rhaenys in Dragonstone - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 10

"The actors are members of the British union, Equity, not SAG-AFTRA, and though Equity strongly supports their American cousins (they have a big rally planned to show that support), British law forbids them from staging a sympathy strike," he shared.

"If they walk, they have no protection against being fired for breach of contract, or even sued."

News that the show can continue filming means it will likely make its planned 2024 launch on HBO and Max.

Fellow HBO series The White Lotus, The Last of Us, and Euphoria are poised to be hit with lengthier hiatuses due to the strikes.

Look Who's Back - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 10

House of the Dragon Season 2 scored a formal pickup days after its series premiere reached dizzying heights for the premium cabler.

Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans will return.

Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.

As previously reported, the sophomore run will clock in at eight episodes, down from the planned ten-episode run.

Rhaeyra Listens - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 10

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House of the Dragon Quotes

As the first century of the Targaryen dynasty came to a close The health of the Old King, Jaehaerys, was failing. In those days, House Targaryen stood at the height of its strength with ten adult dragons under its yoke. No power in the world could stand against it. King Jaehaerys reigned over nearly 60 years of peace and prosperity but tragedy had claimed both his sons Leaving his succession in doubt. So, in the year 101 The Old King called a Great Council to choose an heir. Over a thousand lords made the journey to Harrenhal. Fourteen succession claims were heard But only two were truly considered. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the King's eldest descendant and her younger cousin, Prince Viserys Targaryen The King's eldest male descendant. It is declared by all lords paramount and lords vassal of the Seven Kingdoms That Prince Viserys Targaryen be made Prince of Dragons tone! Rhaenys, a woman, would not inherit the Iron Throne. The lords instead chose Viserys my father. Jaehaerys called the Great Council To prevent a war being fought over his succession. For he knew the cold truth. The only thing that could tear down the House of the Dragon was itself.


Alicent: Did you read it?
Rhaenyra: Of course, I read it.
Alicent: When Princess Nymeria arrived in Dorne, who did she take to husband? Rhaenyra: A man.
Alicent: What was his name?
Rhaenyra: Lord Something.
Alicent: If you answer with "Lord Something," Septa Marlow will be furious.
Rhaenyra: She's funny when she's furious.
Alicent: You're always like this when you're worried.
Rhaenyra: Like what?
Alicent: Disagreeable. You're worried your father is about to overshadow you with a son.
Rhaenyra: I only worry for my mother. I hope for my father that he gets a son. As long as I can recall, it's all he's wanted.
Alicent: You want him to have a son?
Rhaenyra: I want to fly with you on dragon back see the great wonders across the Narrow Sea And eat only cake.
Alicent: I'm being serious.
Rhaenyra: I never jest about cake.
Alicent: You aren't worried about your position?
Rhaenyra: I like this position. It's quite comfortable.
[Alicent gets up to leave.]
Rhaenyra: Where are you going?
Alicent: Home. The hour has grown late.
Rhaenyra: Princess Nymeria led her Rhoynar across the Narrow Sea on 10,000 ships to flee their Valyrian pursuers. She took Lord Mors Martell of Dorne to husband and burned her own fleet off Sun spear to show her people that they were finished running.
Alicent: So you remember.
[Rhaenyra rips a page from the book.]
Alicent: If the Septa sees this book then...
Rhaenyra: Fuck the Septa.
Alicent: Rhaenyra!

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