Miguel Sapochnik, co-showrunner of ‘House of the Dragon’, is stepping down before its second season. “It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally,” Miguel said in a statement.
Writer and executive producer Ryan Condal will continue to function as the showrunner into season 2.
The second season was announced before the second episode’s launch, which accumulated 10.2 million views on Sunday night. The first season will only have ten episodes.
Game of Thrones veteran director Alan Taylor will succeed Sapochnik, except that he won’t be a showrunner; he will take on the executive producer and director roles, just like Sapochnik did.
Sapochnik helmed multiple acclaimed episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ before joining ‘House of the Dragon.’ “Hardhome” and “The Battle of the Bastards” are some fan-favorite and critically acclaimed episodes.
Taylor has quite a bit of background in this realm, as he has directed multiple episodes of the original Game of Thrones, which includes “Beyond the Wall” and the last two chapters of the first season. Taylor has also directed several movies, including “Thor: The Dark World” and “Terminator Genisys” – both massive flops. But his stint as GOT director was celebrated.
Sapochnik will remain executive producer for the show’s run and has a first-look deal with HBO to create new projects.
According to reports, he initially hesitated to officially join the House of the Dragon team, even though he helped develop the show. Ryan Condal ultimately convinced him to come aboard, but it could have been only for a limited time to help the show get started.
‘House of the Dragon’ saw a powerful jump for HBO, evolving into the most significant series premiere in its history.
The American fantasy drama television series narrates the story of the Targaryen civil war about 200 years before the events portrayed in “Game of Thrones.” It is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel, “Fire and Blood.” The presence of an all-knowing narrator who documents the histories based on collected accounts of events makes this show different from Martin’s other books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.