House of the Dragon Showrunner Ends Season 2 Issue Statement

The popular HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon is about to get a bit of a shakeup as co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik exits the just-launched series.

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According to The Hollywood ReporterThe move stems from Sapochnik’s long history with both the Game of Thrones series as well House of the Dragon, where the director simply decided to step away and onto other projects. In his place, House of the Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal will now serve as the sole showrunner for the series and will continue to work with writer and co-creator George RR Martin on the series. Director Alan Taylor, another veteran of the world Game of Throneshas been hired to serve as a director for several episodes of the show’s second season, as well as stepping in as an executive producer.

Despite leaving the series, Sapochnik is not leaving the world of HBO, as the report notes that he has entered into a first-look deal with the company to develop new projects as well as remain on board House of the Dragon as executive producer.

“Working within 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 House of the Dragon” Sapochnik said in a statement. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished with Season 1 and overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from our viewers. It was incredibly hard to decide to move on, but I know it’s the right choice for me, personally and professionally. As I do, however, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He is someone I have known and respected for a long time and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I am so happy to remain a part of HBO and House of the Dragon family, and of course I wish Ryan and his team the best of luck with Season 2 and beyond.”

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The news comes shortly after the series was renewed for a second season after that massive, record-breaking debut earlier this month. Just two days after the series debut of House of the DragonHBO announced that Game of Thrones prequel gave HBO its biggest series launch ever, with 9.986 million viewers tuning in across linear and HBO Max platforms last US Sunday night. The following week, more than 25 million viewers watched the first episode, making it one of the most successful premieres of all time, and catapulted Game of Thrones world right back to the popularity it previously had.

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