House of the Dragon is not finished yet and may not be until its finale.
Episode 2 of HBO’s talked-about Game of Thrones prequel attracted 10.2 million watchers on all platforms on Sunday evening, the network revealed on Monday. That means there is a 2% hike from the August 21 premiere, which alone has made history as the largest debut on HBO.
As intriguing as the premiere numbers were, they raised the inquiry of whether House of the Dragon would have its momentum up until its finale. Right now, to say the least, the answer is likely yes.
On Monday, HBO also stated that the premiere episode, “The Heirs of the Dragon,” is entering the 25-million mark of viewers in the US only following a week of its release.
And in no surprise, the series is up for a second season renewal.
Additionally, the loud beginning of House of the Dragon appears to be steeply increasing viewership of its predecessor: Game of Thrones grew 30% last week. Currently, the series is on its eighth consecutive week of growth and made it to the No. 2 on HBO Max last week.
House of the Dragon is a long way from reaching the rating levels of Game of Thrones in its prime. The original series constantly built its audience through word of mouth and critical reviews. So much so that when HBO released the show’s final season in 2019, the finale episode drew 19.3 million viewers.
House of the Dragon Synopsis
Inspired by George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book Fire and Blood, House of the Dragon happens 200 years prior to Thrones and chronicles the occurrences of the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war that erupted between the Targaryens.
The star-studded cast includes Milly Alcock, Paddy Considine, Emily Carey, Math Smith, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, Emma D’Arcy, and Olivia Cooke.
Emily Carey has recently revealed in an interview that she asked co-producer Miguel Sapochnik about the inclusion of a detail that was left out in the first episode of the series: Princess Rhaenyra’s best friend Alicent Hightower, played by Carey, was the woman her father, Viserys, married after her mother, Queen Aemma, died.