The first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, is two weeks away from wrapping up. Though the exact number of seasons House of the Dragon will run hasn’t been confirmed by HBO yet, author George R.R. Martin offered his own opinion on the matter in a recent blog post.
According to Martin, we’ll need at least four full seasons of House of the Dragon to get the full story of the Dance of the Dragons.
House of the Dragon has already been greenlit for a second season, but will we see more after that? Based on George R.R. Martin’s October 11 blog post, we’ll need more than two seasons.
Martin wrote, “It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish.”
In his post, Martin also defended the show’s time jumps, which have been debated over by fans. While he would love to see every detail of the Dance of the Dragons included in the show, Martin says there are only so many minutes in an episode before fans get bored.
“Do I wish we’d had more time to explore the relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Harwin, the marriage of Daemon and Laena and their time in Pentos, the birth of various and sundry children, and everything else we had to skip? Sure,” Martin writes.
“But there are only so many minutes in an episode, and only so many episodes in a season. If House of the Dragon had 13 episodes per season, maybe we could have shown all the things we had to ‘time jump’ over… though that would have risked having some viewers complain that the show was too ‘slow,’ that ‘nothing happened.'”
While hearing House of the Dragon‘s creator say he wants the show to run four seasons, we know from experience that this doesn’t guarantee anything.
Back when Game of Thrones was still ruling TV screens, Martin pushed for the show to run “10 seasons at least.” He advocated to Game of Thrones showrunners that the series needed 10, maybe even 12 or 13 seasons to fully flesh out the story. In the end, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss elected to end the series after eight seasons.
This time, though, Martin has a lot more influence over House of the Dragon than he did on Game of Thrones. We’re crossing our fingers HBO listens to Martin this time because we love all the Targaryen drama.
In the meantime, Martin says he and showrunner Ryan Condal aren’t looking too far ahead with House of the Dragon.
“Right now, Ryan Condal’s focus is on House of the Dragon season two, and mine is on The Winds of Winter.”