‘House of the Dragon’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik leaves the series

Miguel Sapochnik attends the world premiere of HBO’s original drama series ‘House Of The Dragon’ at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on July 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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“House of the Dragon” co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik is leaving the newly launched series ahead of its second season.

The writer, director and producer has reached an initial agreement with HBO to develop new projects and will remain executive producer for the duration of the series.

“It was incredibly difficult deciding to move on, but I know it’s the right choice for me, personally and professionally,” Sapochnik said in a statement.

Sapochnik directed several acclaimed episodes of “Game of Thrones” before joining “House of the Dragon,” including critically acclaimed and fan-favorite episodes like “Hardhome” and “The Battle of the Bastards.”

Ryan Condal will move from co-showrunner to sole showrunner. Additionally, Warner Bros. Discovery taps Alan Taylor as director and executive producer for the second season of “House of the Dragon.” Taylor directed seven episodes of “Game of Thrones” and was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on the show.

“Miguel Sapochnik did an amazing job on the first season of ‘House of the Dragon,’ establishing his signature look and feel,” HBO said in a statement. “This series simply couldn’t have gone the way it did without him.”

“House of the Dragon” is off to a strong start for HBO, becoming the biggest series premiere in its history after debuting two weeks ago with nearly 10 million viewers tuning in, both linear and online. streaming.

The series was renewed ahead of the launch of the second episode, which amassed 10.2 million views on Sunday night.

“House of the Dragon” tells the story of the Targaryen Civil War which took place approximately 200 years before the events depicted in “Game of Thrones”. It is based on George RR Martin’s novel, “Fire and Blood”. Unlike Martin’s other books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, this one features an omniscient narrator who documents stories based on collected accounts of events.

The first season will have 10 episodes.

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