House of the Dragon: HBO teases thrilling season finale
After its record-breaking premiere, and even bigger second episode, House of the Dragon was quickly renewed for a second season.
As the HBO fantasy drama came to a jaw-dropping conclusion, viewers have been eagerly awaiting updates about the upcoming instalment.
With fans on the tails of the anticipated Dance of the Dragons, the streaming giants confirmed four new faces were heading to Westeros.
GLOW’s Gayle Rankin, who starred in the Netflix drama as Sheila the She-Wolf, is among the season two newcomers.
She will be joined by Simon Russell Beale, Freddie Fox and Abubakar Salim.
Thankfully for fans, HBO has provided major insight into their characters and potential storylines.
Fox will play Ser Gwayne Hightower, Otto Hightower’s (played by Rys Ifans) son and Alicent Hightower’s (Olivia Cooke) brother.
The instalment will welcome Ser Simon Strong (Simon Russell Beale), the Castellan of Harrenhal and great-uncle to Larys Strong (Matthew Needham).
While Salim will star as Alyn of Hull, a sailor in the Velaryon fleet who served in the Stepstones campaign.
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They will join the returning cast, which includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.
Alongside Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.
Production for season two is already underway and has been confirmed to feature eight episodes which have been shortened from season one’s 10 episodes.
After topping the ratings for its predecessor Game of Thrones, Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO programming released a statement about season two.
She said: “We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with season one.
“Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV.
“A huge thank you to George, Ryan, and Miguel for leading us on this journey.
“We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two.”
House of the Dragon is available to stream on HBO in the USA and on Now TV in the UK.
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