Season 2 ‘Opens Up the Globe in a Huge Manner,’ According to the House of the Dragon Boss

Co-creator Ryan Condal finds it challenging to talk about where season 2 will lead viewers after that sad season 1 finale without giving anything away, but if he had to pick one word, it would be “complicated.”

Season 1 was setting the table for a really gory feast to come,‘ he tells EW. Because “I wanted everybody to understand who all of these characters were and the long history they had behind them, behind their fathers and grandfathers, that led us to this point where they end up fighting a civil war against each other,” I felt this was an activity worthy of a significant portion of our time.

“I’m really interested in catching up with all of those characters that we spent all of this time presenting, particularly Rhaenyra and Alicent’s families, and seeing what happens now that we’ve flipped the chessboard over and spilt the pieces on the ground,” Condal says. “That group, how do they respond? In Season 2 and onwards, we continue to convey that particular tale.”

Episode 6 stays with the Greens, who are led by Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and her supporter, Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney), who was anointed king of Westeros in a coup to take the crown from Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy). After then, Rhaenyra and her backers among the Blacks remain the focus of the finale.

After hearing that Alicent had betrayed her, Rhaenyra was crowned queen at Dragonstone and began wearing the crown of her late father, King Viserys, despite having recently given birth to a stillborn daughter, Visenya (Paddy Considine). Despite her husband, Prince Daemon’s (Matt Smith), and her council’s best efforts to bring the war to Westeros, she must remain calm.

In order to assess the situation, Queen Rhaenyra has dispatched envoys to various lords to ascertain who is still loyal to her and her claim. Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett) and Lucerys Velaryon (Elliot Grihault), her eldest and youngest sons, respectively, offer to serve as two of these envoys.

To calm his nerves, Lord Burros Baratheon (Roger Evans) sends Luke to Storm’s End, but the young man discovers that his uncle Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) has already arrived and rallied support for the Greens.

This causes a battle between the two dragon riders, culminating in Luke’s death at the hands of Aemond’s dragon Vhagar. The Black Queen, Rhaenyra, appeared to be out for revenge in her final hours, even though Aemond had lost control of Vhagar and had no intention of killing his nephew.

With the action moving to other parts of Westeros, the scope of House of the Dragon season 2, which has been renewed and is now being written by Condal, will only grow.

Condal says, “I know it’s a civil war among the Targaryens, but I don’t know what it’s called.” “With North of the Wall, Esso, and all the other places it went, I’m not sure if the Dance of the Dragons will ever have the vastness that the first Game of Thrones did.

Though the scope and number of characters will be larger than in previous seasons, the pacing of the upcoming season will be more reminiscent of the show’s middle years (seasons 3–6).”

Season 1 centred on Rhaenyra, Alicent, Viserys and Daemon, but Season 2 “does fall into that ensemble piece where you’re following numerous people,” says Condal.

“Even though Alicent and Rhaenyra and their respective families aren’t physically together, this is still very much a story about them at odds with one another. We won’t abruptly stop sharing their experiences. The second season naturally expands the scope considerably, since the globe opens up significantly.”

House of the Dragon Season 2 finale scenes
House of the Dragon Season 2 finale scenes

Condal says that viewers’ “loyalties for certain characters and for certain sides and for particular arguments will shift and alter over the course of this,” a statement that applies to the wider plot of the Dance of the Dragons beyond simply seasons 1 and 2.

“That’s how it is,” he explains. “It’s one family warring inside itself, and it’s tremendously chaotic, convoluted, and grey. Not the Starks versus the Lannisters. This is a case of members of the same family feuding with one another. For this reason, identifying firmly held beliefs can be challenging.”

Condal appreciates the human need to root for a cause or a person. A decent escapism fantasy, he hopes. “However, people are searching for the Jedi and the Sith, the light and the dark sides of the Force. The orcs and elves are being sought out. The Star Wars franchise is one of my favourites. The Lord of the Rings is my favourite fantasy series. You can’t expect that kind of plot here.”

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