HBO gives House of the Dragon a higher budget than Game of Thrones

It's not by much, but HBO is spending more for House of the Dragons than it did for the final season of Game of Thrones.


It's no secret that serialized shows get more expensive as time passes by, and spin-offs usually benefit from the same big budgets that the main series gets. So, it wouldn't be that big of a stretch if HBO spends as much on House of the Dragon as it did for the final season of Game of Thrones. However, according to a recent report, House of the Dragon is actually getting a bigger production budget compared to the controversial final six episodes of Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon will have 10 episodes for its debut season.

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According to Variety, HBO is spending just "under $20 million" per episode for House of the Dragon's debut season, which comes out on August 21. This would make the spin-off's first season cost HBO more than the original HBO fantasy series by around $5 million for each episode.

$20 million is not a small amount, but it's not as much as you'd expect. A lot has changed in the past three years since Game of Thrones ended in 2019. The influx of streaming money from the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as increased competition, among other factors, have given rise to bigger budgets allotted by studios to their flagship shows.

Take, for example, Amazon's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. House of the Dragon's budget of around $150 to $200 million is barely half of Amazon's reported $465 million budget. In addition, Netflix isn't afraid to spend money on upcoming follow-up seasons like Season 4 of Stranger Things, which is rumored to have been allotted a $30 million per episode budget.

TLDR; HBO is getting off cheap with House of the Dragon.

Game of Thrones remains controversial until this day. After dominating headlines for most of the 2010s, HBO's award-winning hit fantasy series all but disappeared from the public consciousness following the backlash from the "rushed" last two seasons.

We'll find out soon enough how House of the Dragon will fare amidst high expectations from skeptical audiences. For what it's worth, House of the Dragon will have the full backing of George R.R. Martin. The novelist is the co-creator of the prequel that is also based on his 2018 novel, Fire & Blood, which, just like the A Song of Ice & Fire, remains unfinished.

Hopefully, George R.R. Martin's involvement in all of these Game of Thrones spin-offs can help inspire him to finish The Winds of Winter.

With a more involved George R.R. Martin, House of the Dragon and other incoming Game of Thrones spin-offs should have a better and more cohesive story.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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