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George R.R. Martin: 'House of the Dragon' S2 is 'very dark,' 'may make you cry'

Season 2 of Matt Smith's "House of the Dragon" is being called "very dark" by the author of the book on which it is based. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Season 2 of Matt Smith's "House of the Dragon" is being called "very dark" by the author of the book on which it is based. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin revealed on his blog that he was deeply moved watching the rough cuts of the first two episodes of Season 2 of the prequel, House of the Dragon.

"Of course, I am hardly objective when talking about anything based on my own work... but I have to say, I thought both episodes were just great. (And they are not even finished yet). Dark, mind you. Very dark," Martin said Wednesday.

"They may make you cry. (I did not cry myself, but one of my friends did). Powerful, emotional, gut-wrenching, heart rending. Just the sort of thing I like. (What can I say? I was weaned on Shakespeare, and love the tragedies and history plays best of all)."

The preview screening took place when he recently took a trip to England to visit the HBO show's sets and "spent two days locked in a room with Ryan Condal and his writing staff" discussing plans for the third and fourth seasons.

"They were lively, fun discussions, and we got some good work done... though two days was not nearly enough. There is so much ground to cover that I am not sure twenty days would have been enough," Martin said.

George R.R. Martin arrives on the red carpet at the Season 8 premiere of "Game of Thrones" at Radio City Music Hall in 2019 in New York City. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
George R.R. Martin arrives on the red carpet at the Season 8 premiere of "Game of Thrones" at Radio City Music Hall in 2019 in New York City. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

Based on George R.R. Martin's novel, Fire & Blood, the eight-episode second season is set to premiere next summer.

The show chronicles the story of House Targaryen and takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, which ran 2011 to 2019.

Olivia Cooke arrives for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Sound of Metal" at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2019. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Olivia Cooke arrives for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Sound of Metal" at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2019. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Returning for the second season are cast members Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.

Eve Best arrives on the red carpet for "The King's Speech" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in 2010. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Eve Best arrives on the red carpet for "The King's Speech" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in 2010. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI