HBO’s House of the Dragon season 1 follows in Game of Thrones’ footsteps as it approaches its episode structure. House of the Dragon is the first official Game of Thrones spinoff, serving as a prequel series set 179 years before the original show’s timeline. There isn’t a big focus on House Stark or any of the original characters, but a surprise twist now includes the threat of the White Walkers in House of the Dragon‘s story. However, the most exciting part of House of the Dragon season 1 is that it depicts the height of House Targaryen’s dynasty and dragon power in Westeros.
House of the Dragon season 1, episode 1 begins with the Great Council of 101 AC, where over a thousand lords around the realm deliberated on the succession of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen – ultimately choosing his grandson Viserys I Targaryen over Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. The House of the Dragon premiere quickly establishes rivalries amongst the Targaryens and the conniving figures of King’s Landing as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is officially named King Viserys’ heir, putting to the test whether Westeros would truly rather see bloodshed than a woman on the Iron Throne. The ending of House of the Dragon episode 1 then shockingly reveals Aegon the Conqueror’s Song of Ice and Fire dream, which foresaw a Targaryen king or queen uniting the realm against the White Walkers.
Starring Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Rhys Ifans, the characters of House of the Dragon season 1, episode 1 have already begun their battles for the Iron Throne as plenty of twists and surprises are introduced. Considering House of the Dragon‘s series premiere reported record-breaking viewing numbers for HBO and HBO Max, it certainly isn’t wasting Game of Thrones’ old release time slot. As the anticipation for House of the Dragon season 1, episode 2 grows, it’s clear that Sunday nights on HBO are officially back.
What Time Does House of the Dragon Release On HBO?
House of the Dragon releases Sundays at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max. This was the same primetime release slot that Game of Thrones‘s eight seasons held on HBO during its original run. In the UK, House of the Dragon‘s season 1 episodes are released on Mondays at 2 a.m. through Sky Atlantic and NOW.
How Many Episodes Of House of the Dragon Are There?
Much like its predecessor, House of the Dragon season 1 has a total of 10 episodes. The episode runtimes for House of the Dragon season 1 average about one hour each. Game of Thrones seasons 1 through 6 had 10 episodes each, but season 7 had only seven episodes, while season 8 featured a total of six. If repeating the season formula of Game of Thrones’ early seasons, the show is set to prove a heady climax and ample twists in House of the Dragon season 1’s penultimate outing.
House Of The Dragon Release Schedule
House of the Dragon season 1’s remaining episodes will be released weekly on HBO and HBO Max. About halfway through House of the Dragon season 1, the series will have a significant time jump that includes the recasting of major characters. As such, the brilliant performances of Milly Alcock and Emily Carey as young Rhaenyra and Alicent will have to be savored in the next few episodes before the talented Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke take over.
- Episode 1, “The Heirs of the Dragon” – August 21
- Episode 2, “The Rogue Prince” – August 28
- Episode 3 – September 4
- Episode 4 – September 11
- Episode 5 – September 18
- Episode 6 – September 25
- Episode 7 – October 2
- Episode 8 – October 9
- Episode 9 – October 16
- Episode 10 – October 23
When House Of The Dragon’s Finale Is
Following the premiere, House of the Dragon season 1’s nine remaining episodes will release in weekly installments. As such, House of the Dragon’s season 1 finale is set to release on Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET. While HBO hasn’t officially renewed House of the Dragon for a second season, the showrunners are already planning for another long-running series.