House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon showrunner explains his early exit from the series

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Prior to the release of the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff series, Miguel Sapochnik is leaving House of the Dragon. Together with co-creator Ryan Condal, Sapochnik served as the showrunner for season one, which debuted last month on Disney+ Hotstar.

Condal will now direct the next episode alone, according to the entertainment website Deadline. On House of the Dragons, Sapochnik, who directed episodes of Game of Thrones like The Battle of Bastards and The Winds of Winter, will remain the executive producer.

Sapochnik said, “Working within the GoT universe for the past few years has been an honour and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon. I am so proud of what we accomplished with Season 1 and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers.”

He added, “It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally. As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He’s someone I’ve known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands.”

For the second season, which was unveiled days after the premiere of the first episode, Condal will collaborate closely with the series’ co-creator George RR Martin and the rest of the producing crew. A history of House Targaryen set 300 years before the events in Martin’s book Game of Thrones, which concluded its eight-season run in 2019, served as the inspiration for the series.

The second season of the show will also have veteran Game of Thrones director and executive producer Alan Taylor on board.