House of the Dragon isn’t done with drawing the crowds yet and may not be until its finale.
Episode 2 of HBO’s hyped Game of Thrones prequel drew 10.2 million viewers across all platforms on Sunday night, the network announced Monday. That means there’s been a 2% increase since it premiered on August 21st, and it alone made history as the biggest debut on HBO.
As interesting as the numbers from the premiere were, they raised the question of whether House of the Dragon will maintain its momentum into the finale. Probably, yes.
Also on Monday, HBO announced that its first episode, “The Heirs of the Dragon,” surpassed 25 million viewers in the United States just one week after its release.
And unsurprisingly, the series is up for a second season renewal.
House of the Dragon’s tumultuous start also seems to have boosted viewership from its predecessor: Game of Thrones grew 30% last week. The original series is now growing for the eighth straight week, and last week it scored the No. 2 spot on HBO Max.
House of the Dragon is far from reaching Game of Thrones rating levels at its peak. The original series continually 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 final episode attracted 19.3 million viewers.
House of the Dragon is Successful
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, Matt 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.
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