House of the Dragon renewed for second season

We may only have watched one episode of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon so far, but fans can rest assured there’s plenty more to come from the series after HBO has been quick to renew the show for another season.

House of the Dragon arrived on Sky in the UK in the early hours of the morning in the UK and across the globe simultaneously to rave reviews from critics and fans, and immediately broke the record of the most watched premiere in the United States on HBO.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that HBO, the network behind the show in the United States, has been quick to greenlight another run of the show which is based on the books of George RR Martin.

Set several hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon tells the story of the Targaryen dynasty in its final years and details the infamous Dance of the Dragons, a civil war that would bring the titular House of the Dragon to its knees and lose the Iron Throne in Westeros for the family.

The fantasy show has a fantastic cast that includes the likes of former Doctor Who Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy and Rhys Ifans to name but a few.

The series is based on the 2018 novel by George RR Martin, Blood and Fire – the same author who inspired the original HBO hit Game of Thrones, one of the biggest fantasy shows on TV, running between 2011 and 2019.

The reign of House Targaryen begins.

It is understood that a number of other Game of Thrones spin-offs are currently being developed, although at this stage it is not clear which of these we will see next and when.

Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky said: “House of the Dragon is already proving to be a ratings hit, and we predict it will go from strength to strength due to the captivating storytelling and incredible production values. We look forward to sharing a second series with our customers on Sky and NOW.”

Fantasy fans can expect more great TV soon too in the shape of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, a new big-budget Tolkien series from prime Video and Amazon Studios. The series, which has already begun receiving rave reviews, is released on September 2nd at 2 am in the UK and the same time across the globe.