HBO couldn’t have hoped for a better start for their Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. The premiere reached a whopping 10 million viewers, followed by a second episode that did even better, an extremely rare feat. The network quickly confirmed the show for another season, but one key piece of its success won’t be there.
THR reports showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has exited House of the Dragon after spending three tiring years developing the series. He’s also entered into an exclusive first-look deal with HBO and will stay aboard as an exec-producer.
This leaves series co-creator Ryan Condal as the sole showrunner for season 2, working closely alongside author George R.R. Martin. Joining in to help out is a Game of Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, as an exec-producer and director of a few episodes next season.
After an exhaustive time spent on the original Game of Thrones, Sapochnik was reluctant to return for House of the Dragon. However, he was convinced to help develop the series in 2019, not only directing the pilot episode but two more first season episodes. The exhaustion has kicked back in and now he’s finished with Westeros. Can hardly blame the guy.
Sapochnik said in a statement…“Working within the “Thrones” universe for the past few years has been an honor 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 one 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 I 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 two and beyond.”