It looks like we won't be flying back into Westeros to watch the Blacks and the Greens have a go at each other any time soon.
Variety reports that HBO and HBO Max CEO, Casey Bloys, has "a good guess" for when Season 2 of the platform's reigning king of viewership numbers is coming out and he doesn't expect it to premiere anytime soon.
Specifically, Bloys revealed a release window for House of the Dragon Season 2 that puts it sometime after the 2024 Emmy season, which, at the earliest, means it will arrive in the Summer of 2024.
As disappointing as this update might be, it's in line with the grapevine talk.
Bloys, in particular, quickly shot down any talks of a 2023 release date for House of the Dragon Season 2, and he's right. It's a tight fit considering that the show will film for most of the year.
When you factor in post-production work and all of the expected reshoots, a mid to late 2024 release window makes the most sense. This way, HBO Max doesn't have to pull off a Disney and sacrifice the quality of the show.
For what it's worth, HBO's most recent history proves that investing in big-budget shows and giving them the right amount of time to marinate works.
House of the Dragon and The Last of Us are two of the most expensive shows HBO has ever produced and they're pulling in historic viewership numbers. At the rate that it's going, HBO's The Last of Us will end up usurping House of the Dragon for the top spot.
Finally, with fans agreeing that House of the Dragon needs at least four or five seasons to tell its story, HBO doesn't need to rush.
We're just hoping HBO at least gives us a proper update about the Game of Thrones spin-offs currently in development as well as which ones are officially canceled.