House of the Dragon Season 2 production continues during strike
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The WGA strike may have stopped a lot of other shows, but it’s not stopping House of the Dragon Season 2. Production will continue as planned.
While a lot of TV shows are going on production breaks due to the WGA writers strike, that’s not the case for the Game of Thrones prequel series. All the scripts were written, so everyone involved in production has decided to go ahead with filming as planned.
This is going to be a risky move. At the same time, it’s easy to see why the production crew has decided to keep going. This is a series that takes a long time in both production and post-production. Keeping filming on track is going to be important for other deadlines.
What about rewrites in House of the Dragon Season 2?
With all scripts finished, production can technically go ahead. However, there are questions about what the show will do should there be any rewrites needed. Writers who are members of the WGA are not allowed to work anywhere right now, so that includes the House of the Dragon writers.
One option would be for those allowed on set to handle the rewrites. That means taking a job away from a writer. The scripts will end up being choppy if that happens.
Another option would be to hire a writer who isn’t part of the union. Some writers during the 2007-2008 strike did opt to do this only to find out that they were blacklisted from the WGA in the future. Writers who opt to cross the picket line like this are referred to as “scabs” in the industry.
In a way, it’s a shame that production isn’t halting. Strikes work when everyone works together. Of course, with a production this big, keeping it on track is important. There are so many other jobs on the line. It would have been a difficult decision to make.
House of the Dragon* is available to stream on HBO Max in the U.S. and on Crave in Canada.