Will House of the Dragon season two mark the downfall of the Targaryen dynasty?

''No war so bloody as a war between dragons.''
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We entered the story at the height of the Targaryen dynasty, now the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones spin off series House of the Dragon will delve into its downfall.

In the early hours of December 2, 2023, Australia woke up to the season two trailer for House of the Dragon and it was more than we could ever hope for.

Emma D’Arcy returns as grieving Rhaenyra.

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Teasing devastating war, dragons going head-to-head and family bonds being pushed to the limit.

Set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the House of the Dragon is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood – roughly 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen.

House of the Dragon covers the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which was during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Rhaenyra’s father.

Ahead of House of the Dragon’s second season, discover everything you need to know below.

Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower.

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How did House of the Dragon season one end?

Before we dive into season two, here is a refresher given it will be a near-two year hiatus.

Young Lucerys Velaryon died at the hands of Aemond Targaryen and his dragon Vhagar. As Lucerys died, so too did Rhaenyra’s hope of peace.

Devastated by the loss of her son, the series ends with the promise of a bloody and brutal battle.

What is the plot for House of Dragon, season two?

The trailer opens with Rhaenyra looking defeated and heartbroken as a voice states “errors were made in the hours following King Visery’s death.”

The newly crowned Aegon II is placed in evil light as he storms through the crown room, guards in his stead. Viewers also see glimpses of Daemon Targaryen and Aemond, the prince killer.

Banners representing the Targaryen and Hightower march with fields full of soldiers brings the promise of war.

Women, in particular Alicent and Rhaenyra, remain the heart of House of the Dragon as they are reluctant to destroy their family and the kingdom despite the trailer teasing a brutal war.

“There is no war so hateful to the gods as a war between kin,” Rhaenyra said. To which her aunt Rhaenys Targaryen reminds her, “And no war so bloody as a war between dragons.”

Matt Smith returns as Daemon Targaryen.

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When is House of the Dragon season two released?

According to the trailer, House of the Dragon will release its second season sometime in “Summer 2024.” However, it is safe to assume HBO is implying US summer and therefore the House of the Dragon will release in Australia winter.

Who is the cast of House of the Dragon season two?

The main characters of House of the Dragon will be returning for the second season including Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy), Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), Princess Rhaenya (Eve Best), Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell), Aegon II Tarrgaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney), Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett), Lady Baela Targaryen (Bethany Antonia), Helaena Targaryen (Phia Saban), Jason Lannister (Jefferson Hall), Larys Strong (Matthew Needham).

Meanwhile there are some newcomers coming to the second season including Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, and Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong.

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Where can you watch House of the Dragon in Australia?

Luckily for fans, season one of House of the Dragon is available for streaming on Foxtel, Binge and Apple TV.

And if that isn’t enough dragons for you, all eight seasons of Game of Thrones is available for streaming on those same platforms.

Stream House of the Dragon now on BINGE with a 7-day free trial. Subscribe here.

Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen.

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How does House of the Dragon end?

Don’t continue reading if you want a spoiler free House of the Dragon viewing. However, if your a Game of Thrones fan, it may have already been spoiled.

Sadistic young monarch, Joffrey spoiled Rhaenyra’s tragic fate while showing his betrothed, Margaery Tyrell, her grave. He gleefully revealed that she was murdered by her brother’s dragon.

“Rhaenrya Targaryen was murdered by her brother or rather his dragon. It ate her while her son watched,” he laughed. “What’s left of her is buried in the crypts right down there.”

Based on the plot of Fire & Blood, the brother Joffrey is referring to is non other than Aegon II, Alicent and Viserys I son.

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