House of the Dragon season 2 will be shorter than season 1 and here’s why

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29 Mar 2023, 13:45

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House of the Dragon is losing two episodes in season two, but HBO has clarified there is a good reason why.

When the Game of Thrones prequel first aired back in August 2022, it was an immediate hit. So, it is no surprise the series was commissioned for a second season shortly after it’s premiere.

At the time, it was reported the new series would run for 10 episodes, but now it has been confirmed it will be just eight episodes long.

Many speculated this was due to cutting costs as a result of a leadership shake-up at Warner Bros Discovery, HBO’s parent company. However HBO has now confirmed to Deadline, the loss of two episodes was a “story-driven” decision.

According to the publication, HBO is considering whether to greenlight a third season and move some big plot points originally planned for season 2 into the next instalment (which has already been planned).

This would suggest that House of the Dragon, set nearly 200 years before Game Of Thrones, would likely run for four seasons in total, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Filming for season two began earlier this month and HBO’s chief content officer, Casey Bloys, previously told fans to expect its premiere in 2024.

He said: “We’re just starting to put the plan together, and just like last time, there are so many unknowns. It’s not to be coy or secretive, but you don’t want to say it’s going to be ready on this date, and then you have to move it.”

Showrunner Ryan Condal also confirmed there would be no more recasting of characters in the upcoming seasons as there are no more big time jumps coming up.

He explained: “We tell the story in real time from here forward. The actors are playing these characters until the end. We’re not recasting anybody.

“We’re not making any huge jumps forward in time. We are now in the Dance of the Dragons, and we’re gonna tell that story.”