House of the Dragon Director Teases 'Emotional and Visually Exciting' Season 2

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While production on many shows has ground to a halt, House of the Dragon Season 2 is soldiering on.

The hit Game of Thrones prequel is expected to meet its summer 2024 return window, despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

As previously reported, those associated with the show are working under different contracts because the show doesn't film in the U.S.

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

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series director Clare Kilner opened up about the decision to nix two episodes from the series order.

News broke earlier this year that we would get eight new episodes instead of the planned ten-part season.

Attending a Funeral - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 7

Kilner says that House of the Dragon Season 2 has "eight wonderful episodes with so much happening in every episode, and we have trouble, at times, bringing them down to one hour."

It's unclear whether that means we'll be getting longer episodes at this stage, but it remains a possibility.

Understandably, there were some concerns from the show's fanbase when the decision to nix two episodes was revealed, but it sounds like it aimed to benefit the narrative.

Clare shared that the decision to cut the episode order came from Ryan Condal because of his decision "to give it a good opening and a good ending, and they're jam-packed with emotional and visually exciting events."

Making a Move - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 7

House of the Dragon Season 1 wrapped up with plenty of twists and turns as the simmering tensions between the Greens and the Blacks reached a fever pitch.

Kilner also talked about the mixed reaction to having a time jump between House of the Dragon Season 1 Episodes 5 and 6, revealing that the creative team feels like it paid off.

"You can't please everyone, and storytelling is so personal. When you're on set, you just have to make decisions and own them, and I'm sure that's true with showrunners as well," she said.

"We're really invested in these characters now and understand where they came from — especially with the fighting between [the characters as] kids and what they did to each other — and the effect of that feels very present in this season."

Declining Viserys - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 7

What are your thoughts on the decision to lose two episodes?

Would you prefer more action in the eight we're getting?

Hit the comments below.

House of the Dragon is available on HBO and Max.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on X.

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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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