Spread the word: Game of Thrones has returned. Only one episode into House Of The Dragon, which has received mainly excellent reviews after the finale of its parent series was met with less enthusiasm, HBO has put its (presumably considerable) money where its mouth is. “Dracarys!” exclaims that mouth. All of this is a long way of stating that the Targaryen-centered prequel spin-off has been renewed for a second season.
Not only did Dragon’s debut get over 10 million US viewers (the most significant series premiere in HBO history), but it was also well-received by audiences and reviewers alike. And, given that a significant amount of money must have been invested in rebuilding Westeros, it seems logical for HBO to double down on that investment and return for another batch of episodes bringing incestuous relationships, political intrigues, and giant ol’ swooping reptiles to viewers. If it wasn’t official until now, it’s clear that plans for the second season of House Of The Dragon were in the works from the start, with designs for dragons that won’t be seen in the first ten episodes, hints at where the production could go next time at Comic-Con, and more of George RR Martin’s twisted history tome still to adapt.
For viewers, it means that the rest of the first season can be enjoyed with the understanding that there’s a bigger plot at work here – and with Rhaenyra Targaryen being controversially chosen as Viserys’ heir to the Iron Throne at the end of the premiere, the drama is literally just getting started. Continue to dance, dragons.