‘House of the Dragon’ Showrunner Talks ‘Faithfully’ Following the Book 

Season 2 of House of the Dragon premieres on June 16, 2024, promising unexpected developments in Targaryen history. Showrunner Ryan Condal is focused on internal storytelling challenges rather than redemption for Game of Thrones and has a defined ending planned for the series.

House of the Dragon Season 2 is set to premiere on June 16, 2024. While the controversial ending of Game of Thrones remains a sore subject for some fans, showrunner Ryan Condal states he isn’t seeking redemption. Since its debut in 2022, House of the Dragon has been a massive success for HBO, with around 10 million viewers tuning in for the first episode. The series currently holds a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In a new interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar), House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal addressed whether he feels pressure to redeem the contentious Game of Thrones ending. He quickly dismissed the assumption, saying, “we’re our own story.” Condal emphasizes that the real pressure comes from within his team and not from external expectations.

We’re our own story. Myself and all of the creative team and HBO face internal challenges. As expectations rise with each twist and turn, we focus on delivering a satisfying character story.

Condal stresses that his main focus is on internal expectations rather than those from fans. His goal is to control what he can and meet his own standards of storytelling.

All that pressure is quite enough. Our focus is on internal success and evolving the narrative.

Ryan Condal Has a Clear Ending in Mind for House of the Dragon

Based on the latter half of George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood,’ House of the Dragon delves into Targaryen history, set nearly 200 years before Game of Thrones. Unlike Game of Thrones, which had to go off-script, Condal has a planned ending for House of the Dragon that will bring it to a satisfying conclusion.

Condal confirmed in an interview with Inverse that he knows exactly where the saga will end: “History continues, but we have a planned end for this story.”

I do know where we’re going to end this story. History moves on, but we have a conclusive plan.

Catch the continuing adventures of House Targaryen when House of the Dragon Season 2 premieres on HBO and Max on June 16, 2024.

Wrapping Up

House of the Dragon Season 1 is available to stream on MAX. Stay tuned for more updates and watch the trailer for Season 2 below.

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