House of the Dragon wins second season order after first episode roars

Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has received an early second season renewal, as the fantasy show delivers huge audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. 

In the US, the first episode attracted some 20 million viewers across linear, VOD and HBO Max platforms within a matter of days. Sky has reported an early tally of 1.4m for the opening episode.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood’, the show is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and tells the story of House Targaryen. George R.R. Martin is acting as Executive Producer.

Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky said: “House of the Dragon is already proving to be a ratings hit, and we predict it will go from strength to strength due to the captivating storytelling and incredible production values. We look forward to sharing a second series with our customers on Sky and Now.”

The show features a huge ensemble cast, including Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen), Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen), Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), and Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen). Season One comprises ten episodes.

Unlike its predecessor, House of the Dragon is available in 4k HDR with Dolby Atmos audio on the Sky platform.

While nothing seems certain at Warner Brothers Discovery these days, following the appointment of David Zaslav as president and CEO, HBO reportedly has seven more Game of Thrones projects in development.

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