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Tuesday 14 May 2024

House of the Dragon Season 2 Premieres June 17 on Sky Atlantic and NOW

House of the Dragon

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By Jon Donnis

The highly anticipated second season of "House of the Dragon" is set to debut exclusively on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW starting June 17. Fans can look forward to new episodes released weekly, available simultaneously with the US at 2am for UK viewers. This synchronized release ensures that fans on both sides of the Atlantic can experience the unfolding drama together.

Catch up on House of the Dragon Season 1 at https://amzn.to/4aAYj3z

A Realm on the Brink of War
Season two plunges Westeros into chaos as the realm stands on the precipice of a bloody civil war. The conflict, known as the Dance of the Dragons, sees the Green Council and the Black Council battling for control of the Iron Throne. King Aegon's Green Council and Queen Rhaenyra's Black Council each claim the rightful rule, setting the stage for a dramatic and intense power struggle. The season's tagline, "All Must Choose," reflects the division within House Targaryen and the kingdom at large, as allegiances are tested and fates are sealed.

Stellar Returning Cast
Fans will be delighted to see the return of many familiar faces. The stellar ensemble includes Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen, Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon, and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon. Other notable returns include Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen, Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon II Targaryen, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.

Fresh Faces in Westeros
Season two also introduces an array of new characters that promise to add depth and intrigue to the unfolding saga. Abubakar Salim joins as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, and Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong. Other new cast members include Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew as Hugh, Tom Bennett as Ulf, Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark, and Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne. These additions are expected to bring fresh energy and complexity to the series.

Behind the Scenes Talent
The creative forces behind "House of the Dragon" remain strong with co-creator and executive producer George R.R. Martin at the helm, alongside co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer Ryan Condal. The executive production team also includes Sara Hess, Alan Taylor, Melissa Bernstein, Kevin de la Noy, Loni Peristere, and Vince Gerardis, ensuring that the series continues to deliver the high-quality storytelling and production values that fans expect.

Based on George R.R. Martin's "Fire & Blood"
Set 200 years before the events of "Game of Thrones," "House of the Dragon" draws its narrative from George R.R. Martin's detailed history of the Targaryen dynasty, "Fire & Blood." This foundation provides a rich tapestry of lore and character backstory, which the show adeptly brings to life, exploring the complex dynamics and political machinations that lead to the Targaryen civil war.

Prepare for Epic Battles and Political Intrigue
As the battle lines are drawn and alliances are forged and broken, viewers can expect a season filled with epic battles, intense political intrigue, and the signature twists and turns that have made the world of Westeros a global phenomenon. Whether you're a loyal supporter of the Greens or the Blacks, the second season of "House of the Dragon" promises to be an exhilarating journey through the history of one of Westeros' most legendary houses.

Don't miss the premiere of "House of the Dragon" season two on June 17, and join the global conversation as the drama unfolds weekly on Sky Atlantic and NOW.

Get the NOW TV App at https://amzn.to/3WFBQyG

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