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Writer Rips 'House Of The Dragon' For Continuing Filming Season 2 Despite Writers Guild Strike

Writer Caroline Renard called out the HBO show for going ahead with production despite having no writers available on set amid the WGA strike.

"House of the Dragon" still; Protesters with "WGA On Strike" signs
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HBO's second season of House of the Dragon faced scrutiny for continuing production work in the U.K. during the Writers Guild of America strike.

The first strike in 15 years started on Tuesday after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the WGA failed to come to an agreement on contract negotiations Monday night.

Production on late-night television shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show, which are written daily, have stopped immediately.

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain asked U.K. members, who are also WGA members, to stop all work on shows in conjunction with the WGA strike in the U.S.

Preparing for the imminent strike, some U.K. writers reportedly fast-tracked submitting completed scripts for House of Dragon's second season to U.S. employers before the PST midnight deadline to ensure the show will not go on hiatus.

However, WGA writers working in the U.K. will not be able to report to work under the guidelines of the strike rules, which poses a problem.

How will production on television shows and movies continue without working writers on set?

That is the question writer Caroline Renard asked in response to Variety's reporting of Dragon's production status.

Renard tweeted:

"But they’ll be no writer on set so good luck with that if you think that’s all we do."

Renard continued calling out the ignorance by running off a list of responsibilities writers have after completing scripts on shows and films.

“Whose the writer producer on set? Whose showrunning? Hmmm?"
"Scripts are done. Okay. But rewrites literally happen. Line changes. Alt line changes."
"Whose gonna watch dailies and cuts? Approval on costumes. Tone meeting. Once again proving you guys have no idea what we do!”

When someone asked Renard if productions are forced to film scripts as written and are prohibited from changing lines or improving scenes during a strike, she responded:

"Literally no. Scripts are being rewritten all the time."
"We have production drafts. We have ADR. Writing doesn’t just stop when a draft is turned in."

Others weighed in with their concerns.

Some people mentioned the consequences of past shows continuing production under similar circumstances.

People continued showing their support for striking writers.

Unlike the 10-episode first season of House of the Dragon, which is the first spinoff of Game of Thrones, the second season will have only eight episodes.

Some speculated the shorter season was due to Warner Bros. Discovery’s cost-cutting measures, while sources close to production claimed it was story-driven.

The WGA is seeking better compensation, the hiring of more writers per show, and better residual payments on shows that become a major hit.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) represents eight major studios: Amazon, Apple, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBC Universal, Netflix, Paramount, and Sony.

With no further discussions scheduled between AMPTP and WGA, who work in film, TV, animation, and fiction podcasts, it is unknown how long writers will be without pay or how many shows will be delayed or ultimately canceled as a result of the ongoing strike.