Newly captured footage from the House of the Dragon set suggests the Game of Thrones prequel will visit a legendary filming location, unlike the book.
As the spin-off of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, House of the Dragon carries an enormous burden on its shoulders as it needs to carve out its own path while also satisfying Game of Thrones fans, and Season 2 looks set to do so Walking a fine line through a surprise return to an iconic Westeros landmark.
House of the Dragon to visit the Wall
While most of the film and television industry is currently on a strike-related hiatus, production on HBO’s House of the Dragon remains in place due to filming in the UK and Europe.
However, newly captured drone footage from Leavesden Studios, where the series is filmed, suggests that Season 2 will make an unexpected visit to the Wall.
The footage released by UnBoxPHD on YouTube shows a large section of a snow-covered set resembling the top of the vast ice wall that separates most of Westeros from the Untamed Lands to the north.
Game of Thrones fans will be most familiar with the setting, as Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow spent the better part of five seasons stationed on or beyond the Wall before finally leaving the Night’s Watch.
The filming location of “House of the Dragon” suggests a change from the book
The fact that House of the Dragon appears to visit the Wall is a surprising change from the Fire and Blood book it is based on, as the location is not mentioned at all.
While this may be a deviation from the source material, a visit to the Wall could still make sense in the context of the story.
At the end of the first season, Rhaenyra Targaryen sent her son Jacaerys on a mission to Winterfell to forge an alliance with House Stark in the coming civil war, the Dance of the Dragons.
It’s entirely possible that Jace will have to make a detour further north to the Wall in his quest to meet Lord Cregan Stark, an ancestor of Ned Stark and his children.
Filming for the second season is currently underway
Production on Season 2 of House of the Dragon began on April 11, 2023. Filming took place primarily at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, UK before crew members relocated to Cáceres, Spain on May 18.
Although much of the film and television industries have been shut down due to the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes in America, filming of the Game of Thrones prequel is continuing.
In an update for fans on his “No blog” pageGeorge RR Martin explained why the series is still being filmed.
“The actors are members of UK union Equity, not SAG-AFTRA,” he wrote. “And although Equity strongly supports their American cousins (they have planned a large rally to show that support), UK law prohibits them from staging a sympathy strike.”
“If they leave, they have no protection from being fired or even sued for breach of contract,” he added.
If production of House of the Dragon stays on schedule, the eight-episode second season is expected to release in 2024.
House of the Dragon is expected to return to HBO in the US and Sky/Now in the UK in 2024.
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