‘House Of The Dragon’ Co-Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik Quits 2 Weeks After Premiere

Just a bit greater than two weeks after HBO’s hotly anticipated “Game of Thrones” spinoff premiered, co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has introduced his departure from “House of the Dragon” in an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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,” Sapochnik instructed the outlet in an article printed Wednesday.

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one 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.”

The eagerly awaited sequence arrived three years after the contentious “Game of Thrones” finale and noticed practically 10 million folks tune in on Aug. 21, in keeping with Selection. The first episode, which Sapochnik directed himself, delivered the biggest viewership for an unique sequence premiere in HBO historical past.

Whereas rankings for that episode would go on to succeed in a staggering 25 million in its first week, the preliminary figures already dwarfed these of different current HBO launches, such because the second season of “Euphoria” and third season of “Succession”

“House of the Dragon” had the most important premiere for an unique sequence in HBO historical past.

HBO formally renewed “Dragon” shortly after the premiere, and rankings continued to climb for the second episode. However Sapochnik has now unexpectedly left the reins within the fingers of co-showrunner Ryan Condal whereas remaining as an govt producer.

Alan Taylor, who directed seven “Game of Thrones” episodes, will be part of as an govt producer and direct a number of episodes for the second season of “Dragon.” Sapochnik instructed The Hollywood Reporter that he was “deeply comforted” by this and concluded his assertion by wishing Condal and firm all the very best.

Co-creator George RR Martin, who authored the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels on which each “Thrones” and “Dragon” are based mostly, will proceed to work with Condal on the present. For Taylor, the shake-up will mark his first return to the fabric since he directed the divisive “Thrones” finale.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO, immersing myself in the world of the Targaryens,” Taylor instructed The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the household on the middle of the franchise.

“I look forward to working closely with Ryan as House of the Dragon grows into its second season. … Returning to [the fictional continent] Westeros will be a huge undertaking and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”