Fan anxiety has gone through the roof and it will be difficult for the House of the Dragon team to keep what’s to come in Season 2 of the series under wraps. Not only is there the book, which provides spoilers that are impossible to avoid, but when shooting outside, it will be possible to identify some passages. A good part, however, must remain in the studios.
The series’ team was at an event in Los Angeles where they said some important things, little by little they’ll be here at Miscelana, but today we’re going to highlight what’s confirmed! In some cases, even with images.
The recordings that should have started again this week were “delayed”, but technically they already have the scripts in hand, as the post in the stories of the actor Harry Collett (Jacaerys Velaryon) makes very clear.
Even though Harry may be hinting at one of the many battles he’ll be involved in as Jace, it also confirms that her character’s sad fate is even this season in an also ultra-clear picture.
Actor Elliot Tittensor posted a photo with his brother, Luke, and Tom Glynn-Carney (King Aegon II) and several photos of where the studios are located, confirming that work has begun. “I just went and found Aegon again,” he joked. The twins play Ser Arryk Cargyll and Ser Erryk Cargyll, whose clash and destinies are classics in the Game of Thrones universe and are confirmed to take place between the first few episodes of the season.
One more confirmation? A staff member’s photo showing the trailers where “we’ll be living for the next eight months.”
Eight months? Well, so we’re talking about recordings between March and at least until October 2023, maybe November. Which sort of hints/confirms airing only after June of 2024.
We will have (I don’t know how it’s a surprise, but ok) five NEW dragons in the season. Although it is precisely the CGI that delays the completion of the episodes, it is good news still. By the logic of the story, after we saw Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) lull Cannibal in the final episode, it means that he returns and that YES, we will have the youngest of the Greens, Daeron Targaryen (absent without explanation, and yet not casting confirmed), flown in Tessarion; Sheepstealer that will be tamed by Nettles (no casting announced yet), Silverwing, with Ulf White (no casting announced yet) and Gray Ghost.
No news of the new names that will enter the saga and that is what we must follow with greater attention in the coming weeks.
At the HBO event, author George R. R. Martin again stressed that readers of the book and non-readers should not get attached too dearly to what is in the pages of the History of Westeros. They are written by sources and men who did not witness the facts or who have no context for the decisions made. In other words, Fire and Blood is an “imaginary storybook”, just a basis for what the series shows.
“In Fire and Blood, it is stated that Queen Emma Arryn dies in childbirth and the child dies [within an hour]. There’s nothing about it being the most horrific birth scene ever seen on TV. That’s the whole job of [Condal] and his writers,” praises (?) the writers’ choices.
Part of these surprises that are not on the pages is the decisions of Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), who gained greater dimension by provoking the civil war by crowning Aegon II instead of Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy), as was defined in the succession. In the book, she imposes the prince on the Iron Throne because he is a man and, of course, “her” son. In the series, she mixes up what she hears as Viserys I’s (Paddy Considine) last wishes.
In regards to some regret that among the scenes cut from the first season, in which there were more tender moments of Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), both with his wife-niece and with their daughters, they say that since they are aware of the popularity and charisma of a character as forceful as of the “rogue prince”, they eliminated to make him crueler (which reflects the book).
We can always stretch, right? For now, it’s time to celebrate what we have!