The Dance of Dragons will have at least one more round. House of the Dragon has already been renewed for a third season. HBO made the announcement days before the Game of Thrones spinoff premiered its second season.

House of the Dragon is a prequel to Game of Thrones, and is based on author George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood. The show centers around the Targaryen conflict as family members fight for the throne. The late king chose his daughter and eldest child Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) to be his heir. But her stepmother (and childhood best friend) Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) usurps the throne, naming her son Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) as the king.

The tension and threat of battle reached a tipping point in the first season finale when Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys Velaryon (Elliot Grilhault) was killed by his uncle Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), Alicent’s second oldest son. Trailers for the second season previewed the growing conflict as Rhaenyra is ready to do whatever it takes to exact revenge on her half-brother Aemond and take the throne from Aegon II.

It’s no surprise that the series co-created by Ryan Condal and Martin was given an early renewal. The show had the largest premiere for any original HBO series and averaged 29 million viewers per episode. Season two was greenlit a week after the first season debuted.

Season two premiered on Max on Sunday, June 16, 2024. Season one stars returning for the sophomore season also include Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Steve Toussaint, Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, and Phoebe Campbell. Series newcomers are Freddie Fox as Queen Alicent’s brother Ser Gwayne Hightower; Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong, the Castellan of Harrenhal and Lord Larys Strong’s great uncle; Gayle Rankin as Harrenhal healer Alys Rivers; and Abubaker Salim as the famous Velaryon Alyn of Hull.