“House of the Dragon”, the long-awaited “Game of Thrones” prequel, has been renewed for a second season after its first episode was a hit.
Based on George RR Martin’s play “Fire and Blood,” the drama is set 200 years before the events that unfolded in “Game of Thrones” and focuses on how House Targaryens plunge into civil war.
It begins with King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) deliberating over who should be his next heir: his brother Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) or his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy).
“Fire reigns. #HouseoftheDragon has been renewed for a second season,” said the official Twitter account (NYSE: TWTR ) for “‘House of the Dragon.'”
The series premiere on Sunday drew nearly 10 million viewers on television and on the HBO Max streaming service, the largest audience for a new original series in the network’s history, according to HBO.
In the UK, where the series airs on Sky Atlantic and the NOW streaming service, the first episode was also a hit with critics and fans.
“‘House of the Dragon’ is already proving to be a ratings success, and we expect it to go further thanks to its compelling storytelling and incredible production values,” Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content, said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to sharing a second series with our customers on Sky and NOW.”
‘Game of Thrones’ first aired in 2011, becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The award-winning HBO series ended in 2019 with an ending that left its fans divided.