Shocker: HBO's House of the Dragon & Industry to Continue Filming Despite SAG-AFTRA Strike

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While Hollywood comes to a standstill amid the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, two HBO shows will continue to film abroad.

House of the Dragon and Industry will continue filming their second and third seasons, respectively, in the UK.

The TV news broke just hours after SAG-AFTRA authorized a strike with a blistering statement aimed at the AMPTP.

Emma D'Arcy on the Finale - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 10

Variety reported Thursday that production plans to continue as scheduled on House of the Dragon Season 2.

The cast of both shows are mainly British and are working under Equity contracts as opposed to SAG-AFTRA ones.

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

Equity, the British acting union, revealed in a statement Thursday evening that "SAG-AFTRA members currently working under an Equity UK collective bargaining agreement should continue to report to work."

"Industrial relations legislation in the United Kingdom is draconian, and often viewed as the most restrictive in the Western world," the Equity guidance said.

"The convoluted and pernicious hurdles faced by all unions in the United Kingdom are a national disgrace and need urgent reform."

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

"The regrettable consequence of this framework is that what artists working in the United Kingdom – whether SAG-AFTRA and/or Equity members (or both) – can do, may be different from their comrades in the United States and other parts of the world."

Equity also vowed that it "stands in unwavering solidarity" with SAG-AFTRA.

"SAG-AFTRA's claim to the producers contains many critical elements for performers on their agreements," Equity said.

"The key elements of the claim are longstanding, shared fights for our unions –issues like pay and residual payments. But SAG-AFTRA, like Equity, is also bravely facing head-on existential questions on issues like Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the rise in virtual auditions and self-tapes," the statement continues.

Rhaenys Looks Unimpressed - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 9

"Securing fairness in pay, terms, and conditions is critical whether they be with traditional producers, or new global streamers, and with new modes of making and distributing work to a global audience.

U.S. outlets had been reporting earlier this week that House of the Dragon Season 2 would be one of the biggest projects affected by the strike, but it seems they were under the assumption the actors were working under SAG-AFTRA contracts.

With the development, there's a good chance House of the Dragon Season 2 will make its planned summer 2024 premiere on the premium cabler.

Pledging Fealty - 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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