Updated December 2nd, 2023 at 16:44 IST

House of The Dragon Season 2 posters tease intense feud between Rhaenyra, Alicent

The newly released posters hint at the developing rivalry between the women who were once close friends. It refers to George R.R. Martin's book Fire & Blood.

Reported by: Republic Entertainment Desk
House-of-the-Dragon-Season-2 | Image:HBO

House of the Dragon season 2 will make its premiere on HBO next year. Ahead of its release, the makers unveiled the character posters of Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower on Friday. It featured the two women in fiery avatars as they seemed ready to take revenge with the tagline ‘blood for blood’ and ‘fire for fire’. 

Character posters of House Of The Dragon Season 2

The newly released posters of House Of The Dragon Season 2 hint at the developing rivalry between the women who were once close friends. It also refers to George R.R. Martin's book Fire & Blood, which serves as the basis for the television series. After years of animosity, Rhaenyra and Alicent's rivalry will only get stronger in Season 2.

Olivia Cooke in new HOTD poster | Image: X


Younger iterations of Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Alicent (Emily Carey) were shown to be extremely close friends in the first season of House of the Dragon, sharing secrets and having fun together at the castle. But Alicent's family saw an opportunity they couldn't pass up when King Viserys I's (Paddy Considine) wife died giving birth. 

Emma D’Arcy in new HOTD poster | Image: X


Viserys could use Alicent's youth to have more children if he so desired, and Westeros needed a new queen. Alicent's betrayal and her disregard for Rhaenyra's feelings would make Rhaenyra uneasy.

What to expect from the second season? 

Now in the second season, Tensions between Alicent Hightower, the queen and mother of the king's trueborn son, and Rhaenyra Targaryen, the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, are at an all-time high following the shocking conclusion of Season 1. To exact revenge for Laenor's passing, Rhaenyra and Alicent will do whatever it takes.

The official poster of House of The Dragons | Image: HBO 


Set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon follows the Targaryen dynasty in Westeros following the Seven Kingdoms' unification. This occurred long before Daenerys was born, but it provides additional context for her family's history beyond what was briefly mentioned in Game of Thrones.

Based on George RR Martin's novel Fire & Blood, the series was created by authors Ryan J. Condal and George RR Martin. Paddy Considine, Emmy D'Arcy, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke, and Fabien Frankel are among the ensemble cast members.


Published December 2nd, 2023 at 16:33 IST

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