Ryan Condal shares New Details from the Second Season of ‘House of the Dragons’

by Hailey Greg

Now that the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon is over, and the season finale has aired, fans await what’s next to come in the show. The last episode, titled ‘The Black Queen’ was both exciting and sad, giving viewers a taste of what’s to come for Westeros.

Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) has stayed strong and firm through all the anger, fiery speeches, and calls for Green heads on spikes. She is determined not to start a war and bring the realm to its knees. But she will probably change her mind after the dragon dance between princes Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) and Lucerys (Elliot Grihault) over Storm’s End, where Aemond’s bigger dragon Vhagar bit into Lucerys’s smaller dragon Arrax and its rider. The Targaryen civil war is about to start, and there is no going back.

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The showrunner, Ryan Condal, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the episode, its most important parts, and what we can expect when we go back to war-torn Westeros again. When asked about the death of Lucerys, Condal says, “Aemond is not blameless,” but adds that the young prince had been picked on as a child. Condal said that Aemond’s “trying to become a kinslayer” was probably “less important” than the chase. Condal laughs and says, “Hopefully better,” when asked what happened to Jacaerys (Harry Collett) at the Eyrie.

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Condal then talked about how he and the rest of the team would use what they had learned from the first season to make the second season even better. “When you make your first season, you learn a million little things,” Condal said.

“We made 10 episodes. They were hard. I plan to use everything I’ve learned in season 2.” The showrunner talked about how exciting it is to start a new season, with the cast being the best part. “The great thing about going into season two of any show, but especially of this one, is that we have such a great cast that it’s embarrassing,” he said. “It’s so much easier to write now that we’ve seen how great the cast is that you’re writing for.”

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During the first season, people talked about how dark the episodes were for a long time. First of all, some viewers called episode seven and other parts of the show “unwatchable” and “gloomy.” When asked if this will continue in the future, Condal says, “It’s our job to think about all of that. One of the things you learn while making a show is things like these. When you make season two, you think, “How can we do better?” “The feedback was heard,” the person in charge of the show said. “I get it. And we want everyone to have a great time watching the show.”

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