House Of the Dragon: Despite the actors’ strike, House of the Dragon season 2 can resume filming. A month before the Writers Guild of America went on strike in early May, the Game of Thrones prequel drama began filming its second season. The Screen Actors Guild has now formally authorized a strike after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. They will join the writers in this historic drive to shut down Hollywood.
The second season of House of the Dragon can start filming despite the actors’ strike. The Game of Thrones prequel drama started production on its second season a month before the Writers Guild of America went on strike in early May. After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the Screen Actors Guild has now legally authorized a strike. They will take part in the writers’ historic campaign to close down Hollywood.
House of the Dragon prequel will stay unaffected by the SAG-AFTRA strike
Although the SAG-AFTRA strike will have significant and immediate impacts on Hollywood, it doesn’t appear that season 2 of House of the Dragon will be much impacted. This is so because contracts for actors in the UK are handled by a different union called Equity. Its members are urged to use legal measures to support the SAG-AFTRA strike, but they are not authorized by law to strike in support. Furthermore, Equity is unable to authorize its own union-wide strike in solidarity of SAG-AFTRA due to the tight labour rules in the UK.
In response, Equity is asking its UK members to keep working. An Equity member would not have any legal protection from termination or a producer suing them for breach of contract if they joined the SAG-AFTRA strike. Similar to this, Equity’s leadership would be in violation of British law and liable if it encouraged its members to join the SAG-AFTRA strike. House of the Dragon season 2 can continue production as scheduled and have a premiere sometime in 2024 under the existing laws and restrictions.
Why fans are so impressed by House Of the Dragon?
According to Collider, George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood served as the basis for House of the Dragon, which is set more than 170 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The first season of Game of Thrones expertly laid the narrative groundwork for the Targaryen family’s demise, a bloodline that was constantly mentioned during the show’s eight-season run. House of the Dragon distinguished itself from its predecessor by putting more emphasis on character growth and dialogue, yet dragon encounters and epic fights were still there.
House of the Dragon earned positive reviews from critics, and yesterday it was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards. However, somewhat comically, it was left out of all the major acting categories and only received one nomination—Outstanding Drama Series—in addition to those for technical and craft achievements.
The second season, which is scheduled to air on HBO in the summer of 2024, started filming in April of this year.