'A Song of Ice and Fire' author George R. R. Martin as said that 'House of the Dragon' needs four full seasons to complete the story.
Writing in his personal blog, the 74-year-old addressed the "time jumps" throughout the series. Each episode features a rather significant jump forward in time. This has lead to a lot of filling in the blanks for fans and casting changes as characters grow older.
Martin wrote, "If 'House of the Dragon' had 13 episodes per season, maybe we could have shown all the things we had to “time jump” over… though that would have risked having some viewers complain that the show was too “slow,” that “nothing happened.”
While the novelist regrets that the 10-episode structure lead to certain storylines going unseen (namely the relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Harwin, Daemon and Laena's time in Pentos and the birth of various children), he is still very happy with how the show is panning out.
"As it is, I am thrilled that we still have 10 hours every season to tell our tale. ('Rings of Power' has only 8, as you may have noticed, and my AMC show 'Dark Winds' is doing 6 episode seasons). I hope that will continue to be true.
"It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish."
This week's episode introduced more new actors to the family set up as the timeline once again jumped ahead six years. With just two episodes left in the season, fans are eager to find out how this season will end.
'House of the Dragon' episode 9, drops on Sunday, October 16.