House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik is stepping down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sapochnik, the co-creator and director of the first HBO prequel series Game of Thrones, is leaving the show. Beginning with House of the Dragon season 2, Sapochnik will be credited as executive producer, with fellow showrunner Ryan J. Condal taking the reins on House of the Dragon. Sapochnik has also struck a first deal with HBO to create new projects, after working for three years on House of the Dragon.
“Working in the Thrones universe for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the past two with the incredible cast and crew of House of the Dragon,” Sapochnik said in a prepared statement. “I’m so proud of what we achieved with the first season and thrilled with the enthusiastic response from our viewers. It was incredibly difficult deciding to move on, but I know it’s the right choice for me. , personally and professionally. In doing so, however, I take great comfort in knowing that Alan will be joining the show.
Alan Taylor – known for his work on Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World – will join Condal, to helm House of the Dragon, beginning in season 2. The filmmaker has a decades-long relationship with HBO and Warner Bros., most recently directing The Many Saints of Newark, a spin-off sequel to the critically acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, available on Disney+ Hotstar.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO, immersing myself in the world of the Targaryens. I look forward to working closely with Ryan as House of the Dragon enters its second season. Ryan , Miguel and George kicked off an extraordinary story, set in a rich and fascinating world,” Taylor said. season 1.
The move comes on the heels of the House of the Dragon premiere, which racked up 25 million views in its first week of release, setting an HBO record for a series opener. Last week, the Game of Thrones prequel got an early renewal for season 2.
As previously reported, Sapochnik has entered into a new deal with the studio and will focus on new projects for the premium US cable television network. He is best known for directing fan-favorite GoT episodes, Season 5’s “Hardhome” and Season 6’s “The Battle of the Bastards.” Going forward, Condal and Taylor will work closely with the author George RR Martin.
Earlier this week, HBO released an Episode 3 preview for House of the Dragon. As you’d expect, it features another time jump, with newlyweds King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) having their child Aegon. The House of the Dragon episode 3 trailer also introduced the Crabfeeder (Daniel Scott-Smith), a prince admiral known for nailing his enemies to spikes and feeding them crabs.
New episodes of House of the Dragon air every Monday at 6:30 a.m. IST on Disney+ Hotstar in India and Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Max wherever available. The first season consists of 10 episodes.