House Of The Dragon Season 3 Renewed 4 Days Before Season 2 Premiere

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House of the Dragon season 3 has officially been renewed four days before the season 2 premiere. Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the prequel series set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones depicts the decline of House Targaryen and the devastating war of succession known as the Dance of the Dragons. That war is set to heat up in House of the Dragon season 2, which premieres on June 16, as Rhaenyra and the Blacks seek revenge for the death of her son, Lucerys, at the hands of Aemond and the Greens.

On X, formerly Twitter, the official House of the Dragon account has announced that the show has been renewed for a third season.

Accompanied by a short video of a dragon breathing fire, the post reads, “The Dance of the Dragons continues. #HouseOfTheDragon has been renewed for Season 3 on @StreamOnMax.”

House Of The Dragon Season 3’s Renewal Is Hardly A Surprise

Though It Demonstrates Great Confidence From HBO

Martin, who is credited as a co-creator and executive producer, revealed in December 2023 that he was already working on the third and fourth seasons with his co-creator Ryan Condal and his writing staff.

In and of itself, House of the Dragon season 3’s renewal is hardly a surprise. Martin, who is credited as a co-creator and executive producer, revealed in December 2023 that he was already working on the third and fourth seasons with his co-creator Ryan Condal and his writing staff. Martin previously said that four seasons is the ideal number for the show to properly adapt the Dance of the Dragons. Given Martin’s comments, it’s assumed that HBO is privately committed to his four-season plan, although not publicly.

However, the timing of season 3’s renewal is notable. In April 2022, season 2 was officially renewed five days after the season 1 premiere generated over 10 million viewers, the highest premiere for any HBO show ever. With season 3’s renewal coming four days before the season 2 premiere, HBO is demonstrating great confidence in Condal and company. Now, the network doesn’t need to see the season 2 premiere’s viewership numbers and is confident enough to give season 3 an early greenlight.

Fire & Blood provides a loose outline for season 3’s story, though it’s unknown how many episodes there will be. Season 2 saw a reduced episode count of 8, down from season 1’s 10, which was the norm for most of Game of Thrones and HBO dramas generally. Though the overall shape and size of House of the Dragon season 3 will become clearer in the future, HBO has demonstrated great confidence in the series, promising that the Dance of the Dragons and all its devastation will be adapted to screen.

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