House Of The Dragon was given the green light for season two just days after the first episode of the HBO series premiered on August 21.
Variety reported that the show drew a total of 10 million viewers on its opening night, causing little hesitation in renewal.
Due to the additional replays, the number spiked to a whopping 20 million, making the Game Of Thrones prequel the first HBO premiere to date.
Renewed: House Of The Dragon has been refreshed on HBO for season two after its successful premiere on August 21
HBO Programming’s executive vice president, Francesca Orsi, released a statement following the news of the show’s quick extension to a second season, according to Variety.
She explained, “We can’t help but be proud of what the entire ‘House of the Dragon’ team has achieved in season one.
‘Our extraordinary cast and crew have endured a great challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has become a must-see TV show.’
‘A big thank you to George, Ryan and Miguel for leading us on this journey. We couldn’t be more delighted to continue to liven up the epic tale of House Targaryen with season two,’ Francesca concluded at the end of her speech.
Record-breaking: The premiere of the first episode grossed 10 million viewers on its first night on August 21 and has grossed 20 million since its premiere, making it HBO’s highest-grossing first episode hitherto
Prequel: House Of The Dragon is a prequel to the successful Game Of Thrones series and is set 200 years ago
According to The Hollywood Reporter, season one took nearly a year of filming, with an additional lengthy post-production to perfect the visual effects of the HBO series.
The first season will air a total of 10 episodes, with a filming cost of about $20 million each.
The number of episodes that will be in the second season has yet to be revealed to fans, along with an expected release date or year.
Based on the bestselling book: House Of The Dragon based on the novel by George RR Martin, Fire & Blood
Talented Cast: A new cast has joined the spin-off series, such as Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans
House Of The Dragon stars a new cast, including Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Eve Best, Milly Alcock and Rhys Ifans.
In an interview with GQ released just before the big premiere, Matt opened up about starring in the show and how he’s already a huge fan of Game Of Thrones.
‘I think it is interesting. And I watched, on a Monday in the UK, like many others. I like magical realism and literature and I like fantasy,’ he explained.
‘And I think when that can be conveyed coherently, interestingly and fully on screen it’s a real win. That certainly did,’ the Doctor Who star added.
Big fan: Before taking on the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen, Matt revealed in an interview that he had always been a huge fan of Game Of Thrones; seen in August in London
House Of The Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones and tells the detailed story of House Targaryen.
HBO’s successful prequel and spin-off based on George RR Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood.
When talking about the series with the New York Times, George said, “House Of The Dragon is like a historical novel with some dragons thrown in. It’s like a Shakespearean tragedy.”
The author also explained that if the prequel is successful, there will be opportunities for some additional side stories in the future.
‘Well, we’re developing some other minor versions. There’s a Jon Snow sequel, and the rest are all prequels. There are Ten Thousand Ships about Nymeria – like a thousand years ago and about how Rhoynar came to Dorne. It’s an epic like the Odyssey. ‘
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