House Of The Dragon Season 2 Will Reportedly Be Shorter

The new plan may be for only eight episodes, as the creative team charts out Season 3.


HBO might be aiming for a shorter second season of House of the Dragon than the 10-episode run of the first. That will reportedly fit the overall vision for the series, with the show's creative team supposedly plotting out Season 3 already.

Deadline says that, originally, the sophomore season of House of the Dragon was supposed to be 10 episodes. But that apparently changed to eight after showrunner Ryan Condal and author George R.R. Martin convened to chart out the stories and battles for each season.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: House Of The Dragon's Cast Breaks Down How Targaryens Differ From Game Of Thrones

That means HBO could greenlight Season 3 soon to start the ball rolling on casting and a production plan, per Deadline. It's undecided for how long House of the Dragon will ultimately run, with the report adding that Condal and Martin continue seesawing between three or four seasons.

Condal has confirmed House of the Dragon Season 2 will feature five new dragons. The show is supposed to start filming again soon. As for a release window, HBO programming boss Casey Bloys has previously stated a 2024 premiere "is a good guess" for the second season.

House of the Dragon was super popular for HBO, averaging 29 million viewers for each episode during the first season. HBO is also eyeing a Game of Thrones spin-off about Jon Snow for the future.

The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 2 comments about this story