House of the Dragon Season 2: Release date, plot, cast & trailers

Cameron Frew
House of The Dragon Team Black poster.

The Dance has begun and it’s time to choose between Team Black and Team Green. Here’s the House of the Dragon Season 2 release date, who’s returning in its cast, and plot details.

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House of the Dragon Season 2 release date

House of the Dragon Season 2 premiered on June 16, 2024.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent in House of the Dragon

The premiere date was announced on March 21, 2024.

Development started in August 2022, with filming kicking off on April 11, 2024. Despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which saw many high-profile productions halt progress, House of the Dragon was not among those impacted.

New House of the Dragon episodes will arrive every week until the season finale on August 4.

House of the Dragon Season 2 cast

The House of the Dragon Season 2 cast is led by Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower.

Emma D’Arcy in House of the Dragon

The full House of the Dragon Season 2 cast list:

  • Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower
  • Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
  • Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower
  • Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon II Targaryen
  • Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen
  • Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon
  • Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
  • Harry Collett as Jacaerys Velaryon
  • Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling
  • Matthew Needham as Larys Strong
  • Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong
  • Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayn Hightower
  • Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers
  • Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull
  • Amanda Collin as Jeyne Arryn

House of the Dragon Season 2 plot

House of the Dragon Season 2’s plot is based the Dance of the Dragons, which covers the period of civil war after Aegon was crowned king in place of Princess Rhaenyra.

Alicent and Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon

Alicent claimed the throne for her son, Aegon II, in Season 1, while Rhaenyra was crowned by her followers. As the two former kindred spirits tried to avoid bloodshed with diplomacy, the actions of those around them ultimately led to the death of Rhaenyra’s middle son.

With Rhaenyra in furious grief, the time for talking has ended.

This battle to be the next Targaryen king or queen sees the two sides engage in a vicious civil war. This is known as the Dance of the Dragons in the vast lore of Game of Thrones. Team Green and Team Black will try to win over different parts of the kingdom while waging war.

HOTD Season 2 trailers

There are several House of the Dragon Season 2 trailers.

The first dropped in May 2024, followed by two more. One is from the perspective of Rhaenyra and Team Black, while the other is from the view of Alicent and Team Green.

Another promo was shared on May 26, which you can see below.

How many episodes are in House of the Dragon Season 2?

There are 8 episodes in House of the Dragon Season 2.

The episode lengths were revealed before the premiere, too.

Here are the Season 2 running times:

  • Episode 1: 66 minutes
  • Episode 2: 54 minutes
  • Episode 3: 58 minutes
  • Episode 4: 63 minutes
  • Episode 5: 60 minutes
  • Episode 6: 68 minutes
  • Episode 7: 58 minutes
  • Episode 8: 67 minutes

House of the Dragon Season 2 reviews and recaps

House of the Dragon Season 2 opened to favorable reviews, and is currently sitting at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Our House of the Dragon Season 2 review gave it four stars, saying the show “continues to prove that George R.R. Martin’s world makes for some truly terrific television.”

For episodic recaps, you can check out our breakdowns below:

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