House of the Dragon: Miguel Sapochnik steps down as showrunner for season 2

House of the Dragon has already been renewed for a second season by HBO, but when it returns it will be without one of its major creative influences. Miguel Sapochnik announced today via THR that he quits as showrunner House of the Dragonleaving co-creator Ryan Condal as the sole showrunner of the series.

Miguel Sapochnik directed a handful of episodes of Game of Thronesbelow Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards. Although he leaves House of the Dragon behind, another Game of Thrones the veteran will step up to replace him. Alan Taylor, who directed many episodes during the first few seasons of the original show, will join the second season of House of the Dragon as director and executive producer. In a statement about his exit, Miguel Sapochnik said:

Working in the GOT 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 achieved 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’m so happy 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.

Miguel Sapochnik directed the premiere of House of the Dragonas it quickly became biggest premiere in HBO history. In his own statement, Alan Taylor said, “It is a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO and immerse myself in the Targaryen world, I look forward to working closely with Ryan as House of the Dragon growing into its second season. Ryan, Miguel and George have launched an extraordinary story in a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge task and I look forward to the challenge.

HBO added, “Miguel Sapochnik has done a fantastic job on the first season of House of the Dragon, establishing its signature look and feel. This series simply could not have come together the way it did without him. While we would have loved to have Miguel continue in the same role, we are thrilled to have his continued collaboration in this new creative capacity. Looking forward, we’ve had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor and we’re delighted to have him join Ryan and the rest of the talented team.

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