Game of Thrones returned in style with its first spinoff, House of the Dragon. It took a step back into history long before John Snow even took his first steps and explored the Targaryen’s heritage upon the throne. While we still haven’t seen the man who would eventually become the Mad King, we got the beginning of the end for the Targaryen reign.
It looks like the continuation of this story will take a bit more time, as Variety shared that production on the second season has just started but the Content CEO of HBO and HBO Max Casey Bloys hinted that a 2024 release “is a good guess.” Variety added that it won’t be eligible for that year’s Emmy season, which has a cut-off date of May 31st, which hints at a potential Summer release.
So, it seems we’ll have to wait a while before we see the return of Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) and her husband/uncle Daemon (Matt Smith). The first season jumped through quite a few different times in their lives but the upcoming second is likely to take a more focused direction similar to the original Game of Thrones, as we explore the aftermath of the war started by a prank gone wrong.
It’s a shame these time windows between seasons seemingly grow with each new high-profile entry. Stranger Things last season only started its writing room after the fourth season was released, which means the wait is also not until 2024. A lot of high-budget projects need time and it’s becoming more and more evident that they’re not spreading out as frequently as normal network series do. So, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see those dragons soar once again.