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House Of The Dragon's Showrunner Praises The Cast For Making The Writing So Much Easier

"House of the Dragon" Episode 10 has aired, so Season 1 has officially concluded. The show had an incredibly successful first season, but that doesn't mean the show was always easy to create. 

According to "House of the Dragon" showrunner Ryan Condal, the first seasons of shows are typically even harder to create than subsequent ones because the creators are still learning how to turn that particular show into a well-oiled machine. Condal told The Hollywood Reporter, "There's a million little things you learn in the process of making any first season. We made 10 episodes. They were extraordinarily difficult. I intend to put all those lessons into use on Season 2. They were less sort of universal concepts about making television and more about making this particular show — even for [crew members] who worked the original 'Game of Thrones.' They're more [producer oriented] than creative; ways to do things more efficiently." 

It might not have been easy creating "House of the Dragon" Season 1. However, Ryan Condal promises a bigger and bolder Season 2, and there is one thing he believes will make his job in doing so easier.

Ryan Condal praised the House of the Dragon cast for embodying three-dimensional characters and making his writing easier

Looking forward to Season 2 of "House of the Dragon," Ryan Condal shared his thoughts with The Hollywood Reporter. He plans to use all the lessons he learned through Season 1, but in particular, he looks forward to continuing to work with and write for the amazing "House of the Dragon" cast. 

Condal said, "The wonder of going into season two — for any show, but for this one in particular — is we have such an embarrassment of riches in terms of the great cast that we put together. The writing is so much easier because you're now writing for this great cast [who we have now seen] embody these roles. They're three-dimensional characters and it makes their story so much easier to tell because they're already embodied and there's a joy in the writing because of that." 

Certainly, it would be easier to write lines for a character once an actor has already become established as that character by portraying them throughout multiple episodes. This way, creators can imagine the actor's particular voice, facial expressions, and body language as they say the lines, and adapt language to fit that actor's particular portrayal of that character.