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'House of the Dragon' Will Return for Season 2, HBO Confirms

We'll see more Targaryen-centric Game of Thrones prequel action.

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A mid shot of Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra standing outdoors with a crowd of people (who are blurred out)

We'll presumably dive further into the story of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her family in House of the Dragon season 2.

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Game of Thrones fans can expect even more Fire and Blood. House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season, HBO confirmed Friday.

The renewal follows the first episode premiering on HBO and Max on Sunday, when it drew nearly 10 million viewers -- the largest audience for any new HBO original series. More than 20 million viewers had watched the first episode as of Friday, the company noted in a press release.

Episode 2 airs this Sunday, Aug. 28, and season 1 will consist of 10 episodes.

"House of the Dragon may never be the next Game of Thrones but, from the six hours I've seen, it looks poised to at least step out of the giant shadow its predecessor casts," CNET's Daniel Van Boom wrote in his review

The show takes place 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, and reveals the era when her ancestors ruled Westeros with their big, mean dragons. It's based on Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin's 2018 Targaryen history Fire and Blood.

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