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How to Watch ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Online for Free

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House Targaryen is headed for a fiery family feud in season two of House of the Dragon. After two years, The Game of Thrones prequel series returns on Sunday with even more fantastical firefights, epic alliances and more dragon kingdom drama between Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower. (Here’s a refresher.)

At a glance: How to watch House of the Dragon Online

  • Premiere date June 16 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
  • Channel HBO
  • Stream online Max

House of the Dragon has been renewed for season three, and season one won an Emmy for best costume design for a sci-fi/fantasy series. The show takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and stars Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. Daemon is a distant uncle of Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in the original series based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire books.

Related: Inside House of the Dragon: The Epic Mission to Make the Next Game of Thrones

Showrunner Ryan Condal previously told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve been a fan of these books for 20 years. … I was a fan of Game of Thrones — I watched the pilot the night it aired on HBO and every episode after. You can’t follow Thrones, it’s The Beatles. I’m setting out as a fan to make the thing I want to see, and I’m happy with what we’ve achieved. The Targaryens are like the Jedi in Star Wars, where you heard about this time when they were plentiful and powerful and always wanted to see that. And now you get to.”

Below, watch the official season two trailer and keep reading to find out House of the Dragon’s episode release schedule, the finale date and how to watch the series without cable, plus new Game of Thrones merch to shop online.

How to Watch House of the Dragon With Cable: Premiere Date, Episode Schedule

House of the Dragon season two premieres Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on HBO. The Game of Thrones prequel series’ second season spans eight episodes, each approximately one hour long. Each episode will air weekly on Sundays, and the finale will be broadcast on Aug. 4.

How to Stream House of the Dragon Online Without Cable

Cord-cutters can stream House of the Dragon online without cable the day after they air exclusively Max, which is offering a limited-time free trial. New Max subscribers can watch House of the Dragon for free during the seven-day promo period; after that, the subscription auto-renews starting at $9.99 per month.

Those who want to watch House of the Dragon online without a traditional cable service can watch HBO on live TV streaming services including Fubo, DirecTV, Tk and Tk. Keep reading to find out the best ways to stream the Game of Thrones prequel with and without cable, including for free.

Warner Bros. Discovery

The easiest way to watch House of the Dragon online without cable is with a subscription to Max, which starts at $9.99 per month for the ad-supported plan. For a limited time, the streamer is offering a seven-day trial, and new subscribers can stream House of the Dragon for free during that period.

If you prefer no commercials, upgrade to the ad-free plan at $15.99 per month, or go 4K with the Ultimate Ad-Free package for $19.99 monthly. Max subscribers can access hundreds of movies and TV series, including all past seasons of Game of Thrones, Barbie, Blue Beetle, Dune, Succession, Barry, The Gilded Age and more. Max subscriptions also include live sports with B/R Sports with NBA, NHL, and other sports leagues.

DirecTV

You can watch House of the Dragon on Max for free with a five-day trial to DirecTV Stream, which starts at $69.99 per month. If you’re already a DirecTV subscriber, you can get Max for free for two months when you add it to your plan and stream the show for free.

Other DirecTV Stream plans ($84.99 to $159.99 monthly) offer over 105 to 150 channels and subscribers can connect via DirecTV’s Gemini device (requires an existing internet connection) or satellite dish (Gemini device and HD DVR equipment included, existing internet connection required). For a limited time, new subscribers can get a Visa gift card worth up to $100; learn more here.

Amazon

Amazon Prime and Prime Video subscribers can watch House of the Dragon online without cable for free with a seven-day free trial to the Max channel. A membership to Amazon Prime ($15.99 per month or $139 annually) or the standalone Prime Video streaming service ($8.99 monthly) is required.

Not a Prime member? Sign up for a 30-day free trial to take advantage of all that Amazon Prime has to offer, including access to Prime Video; fast same-, next-, or two-day free shipping; in-store discounts at Whole Foods Market; access to exclusive shopping events like Prime Day and Black Friday, and more.

Hulu

If you’re already a Hulu subscriber, you can add Max to your subscription for $15.99 per month and watch seasons one and two of House of the Dragon and every season of Game of Thrones. Hulu’s base plan starts at $7.99 per month with ads or $17.99 monthly without ads.

Cord cutters can expand their library beyond Hulu with Disney Bundle subscriptions that include Disney+ and more. The Disney Bundle Duo Basic comes with Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $9.99 per month, while the Disney Bundle Trio includes Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ with ads for $14.99 per month. See more options here.

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