The just recently premiered House of the Dragon, the HBO fantasy prequel series set in the world of Game of Thrones, is already being shaken up as the co-showrunner and director, Miguel Sapochnik, has decided to leave the show just as Season 2 was announced. This is a sad loss for the series as Sapochnik brought endless expertise after working on both series set in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe.
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With regard to his decision to leave, Sapochnik shared the following statement:
“Working within the Thrones 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.”
“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 believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I am so glad to remain a part of the HBO and House of the Dragon family and, of course, I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best with season 2 and beyond.”
Reason for Leaving
With what the director has shared, it seems that he has simply decided to move on to other projects, as he has been working within the Game of Thrones universe for quite some time. As mentioned in his statement, Miguel Sapochnik will thankfully remain a part of the House of the Dragon family, as reports indicate that he will stay on as an executive producer on the show.
He has also entered a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects. The news of his decision came shortly after the announcement that House of the Dragon had been renewed for season 2.
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Miguel Sapochnik mentions a few names in his statement, like his co-creator Ryan Condal who will now be serving as the sole showrunner for the series in Sapochnik’s absence, continuing to work closely with additional co-creator and author of the source material, George R.R. Martin.
Director Alan Taylor, also from Game of Thrones directorial royalty, has signed on to serve as a director for multiple episodes of the upcoming season 2 of House of the Dragon and stepping in as an executive producer alongside Sapochnik. Having worked together before, he seems confident he is leaving the show in very capable hands.
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Just days after the first episode of the series debuted it was announced that House of the Dragon was renewed for season 2 after it broke records with its premiere. HBO shared that the show gave the company its largest series launch of all time, with 9,986 million viewers tuning in to the season’s debut on HBO, garnering more than 25 million viewers watching it in the first week following its launch making it one of the most successful premieres that the world has ever seen.
With a rich and beloved world to work from, it is no surprise that the prequel series has risen to the same popularity as its predecessor (if not surpassed it), and we cannot wait to see what the second season has in store for viewers, despite the unfortunate departure of the excellent director.
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Tell us, are you excited about season 2 of House of the Dragon?